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Rembrandt Takes Vienna: A First-Ever Exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum


The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna is setting the stage for a historic 2024, including a first-of-its-kind grand Rembrandt exhibition. With excitement already building, ticket sales have kicked off early.

Vienna’s prestigious Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM) is rolling out an impressive lineup for 2024, headlined by a groundbreaking Rembrandt exhibition. This marks a significant moment as the museum hosts a large-scale event dedicated to the legendary 17th-century Dutch painter for the first time. The anticipation is sky-high, prompting an early start to ticket sales.

Grand Finale with Rembrandt

Sabine Haag, who has been at the helm of the KHM for sixteen years, is bidding farewell with a bang through this expansive Rembrandt show. Opening on October 8, 2024, the exhibition titled “Rembrandt – Hoogstraten: Color and Illusion” will showcase sixty paintings, drawings, and prints by Rembrandt and his gifted pupil, Samuel van Hoogstraten.

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A Showcase of Masterpieces

Six of the paintings come from the KHM’s own collection, with additional pieces loaned from global giants like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Royal Collection in London, the Louvre in Paris, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, as well as private collectors. The exhibition will focus on the use of color and illusionistic techniques by the master and his student to create “virtual realities.”

Given it’s the KHM’s first Rembrandt exhibition, an unprecedented interest is expected. Consequently, ticket sales began as early as February 1, 2024.

The 2024 season at KHM kicks off on February 13 with the “Splendor & Precision: The Emperors and Their Court Artists” exhibition, split between the Kunstkammer and the Coin Cabinet. It explores the role of court artists through sixty medals and other works from the 1500s to the end of the Monarchy in 1918.

From March 18, the “Holbein. Burgkmair. Dürer. The Renaissance in the North” exhibition will draw crowds. Featuring over 160 paintings, sculptures, and other works by early 16th-century masters, it revisits how the Renaissance overtook Gothic styles in the art of Augsburg, a city famously associated with the Fugger family.

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