While art collectors such as Eijk and Rose-Marie de Mol van Otterloo, the American Thomas Kaplan and the Scottish Duke of Buchlech show a special bond with “their” Rembrandts, banker Eric de Rothschild puts up two Rembrandts for sale, a sparkling Rijksmuseum and Tough political battle between the Louvre. The film also follows Dutch aristocratic art dealer Jan Six on the path of two “new” Rembrandt paintings: a nerve-wracking journey of discovery that looks like the fulfillment of his biggest childhood dream. But when he is accused of violating an agreement with another art dealer, his world collapses.
Following all these stories, Mai Rembrandt shows what makes the work of the Dutch painter so special and why his works touch people so deeply. Following the success of the award-winning documentary NewDirector of Rijksmuseum (2014)OK Hugendijk discusses a great topic again, about art lovers and a story for them to tell.
OK Hugendijk explains: “There is something curious about Rembrandt; It seems that there was such extraordinary truthfulness, sentimentality and sympathy in his work that anyone who sees one of his paintings goes in search of himself. It also made Rembrandt so special to the citizens of 17th-century Amsterdam, who lined up to portray him: Rembrandt looked beneath the surface and showed who he really was. He did not flatter his patrons, despite keeping an eye on the vanity and sophistication of the social environment he portrayed. And he ruthlessly applied this method to himself. His self-portraits, especially those of late, are incredibly honest explorations of the psychological toll we pay over the course of our lives. In his latest paintings, Rembrandt is resigned. “Accept me as I am,” he seems to be saying. His way of painting makes you understand that life is not perfect and everyone has their flaws and that is what makes us human. In this way, since the 17th century, Rembrandt has erected a mirror for our contemporaries, a mirror that teases and tickles. As Taco Dibs rightly said: Rembrandt is a tribute to humanity,
my rembrandt is a NEXO digital event in association with Peace of Magic. La Grande Art al Cinema is an original and exclusive project by Nexo Digital. For 2022, Grande Arte al Cinema will be distributed exclusively in Italy by Nexo Digital in collaboration with media partners Radio Capital, Sky Arte, MYmovies.it and Abbissione Musei.
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