Self portrait in a flat cap and embroidered dress, Rembrandt van Rijn

Rembrandt – The Experimental Etcher 

Rembrandt - The Experimental Etcher showcases twenty etchings by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) from the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. The exhibition will show at Whangarei Art Gallery Te Wharetaonga o Whangarei from late June, then at Tauranga Art Gallery and Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History.

The works are drawn from a group of fifty-six prints from the Bishop Monrad collection returned to Te Papa in 2007 from the Alexander Turnbull Library where they have been held since 1923. Featuring typical religious subjects, Rembrandt - the Experimental Etcher also shows scenes of daily Amsterdam life and portraits including a self-portrait of Rembrandt himself.

This exhibition will only tour to 3 venues for conservation reasons. Works on paper are very fragile and alter very quickly when they are exposed to light.

Touring schedule

Whangarei Art Museum

9 June – 23 August 2009

Tauranga Art Gallery

29 August – 18 October 2009

aratoi – Wairarapa Museum of Art and History

21 November 2009 – 17 January 2010