Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn comes to Denver

One of the world’s most recognized artists is making his mark on Denver.

Rembrandt van Rijn
Self-Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, 1639. Etching, with touches of drypoint; image height: 8.07 x image width: 6.45 in. Bibliothèque nationale de France. Image courtesy of BnF.

On view now through January 6, 2019 at The Denver Art Museum is Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker. The DAM is the sole venue in the U.S. to display Dutch Master Rembrandt van Rijn’s work and offers visitors a peek into his life and career of printmaking. The exhibition also coincides with the 350th anniversary of the artist’s death (1606–1669).

Nearly 100 prints from Rembrandt’s 40-year career showcase his approach to printmaking and how he combined the three principle methods of intaglio: etching, drypoint and engraving. Works on view include self-portraits and portraits of prominent Dutch figures as well as biblical, still life, allegorical, genre and landscape artworks.

The Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker exhibit is on view at the Denver Art Museum through January 6, 2019.
Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker is on view at the Denver Art Museum through January 6, 2019.

Although the exhibition centers on Rembrandt’s printmaking, 17 drawings and several paintings are also on view.

The exhibition is included in general admission and thanks to the Free for Kids program, is free for youth ages 18 and under. Scott Reiman and the Reiman Foundation sponsor the Free for Kids program and support initiatives that offer kids access to art and cultural experiences.

 

 

Denver Museum announces start date on North Building renovation

Rendering of DAM North Building
Proposed architectural rendering of an aerial view of the North Building. Courtesy of Fentress Architects

The Denver Art Museum has set a date to begin work on its $150 million renovation plan to expand and update the museum’s North Building.

On November 19, 2017, the North Building will close so art can be removed and preparation for construction can begin on November 20.

According to the museum, the renovation project includes construction of a 50,000-square-foot, two-story Anna and John J. Sie Welcome Center located where the Palettes restaurant is today. The center will feature a restaurant and cafe, the museum’s primary conservation lab as well as programming and event space.

The project will also construct a seventh-floor terrace in the North Building with outdoor access for visitors, expand gallery space for the museum’s design and Western American art collections, create new youth and education facilities and update disabled-access and other building operating systems.

Scott Reiman has been a longtime and valued member of the Denver Art Museum community. He has made the Free for Kids program possible and has served as a Denver Art Museum trustee. The Reiman Bridge that connects the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building and North Building is named after him.

Scott Reiman sponsors free kids admission at the DAM

Scott Reiman and the Reiman Foundation are proud to support the Free for Kids program at the Denver Art Museum (DAM). The program, which was announced March 25,  will make general admission to all children, including school tours and other youth group visits free for the next five years. In addition, the Free For Kids program will cap youth admission to special events and exhibitions at $5.

“With this generous underwriting of youth admission from Scott Reiman and Kaiser Permanente Colorado, we can further lower barriers to entry and welcome all children to experience our art collections and creative educational programming,” said Christoph Heinrich, the Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “Young people who frequently encounter the arts experience greater quality of life, and we’re delighted that these generous donors share our goal to bring the arts to all youth in our community.”

Scott Reiman believes that all children should have access to high quality cultural experiences and educational opportunities. These two values come together perfectly through the Reiman Foundation’s support of the Denver Art Museum’s Free for Kids program. Designed to welcome a broad spectrum of the community, this family-friendly program fuels creativity, imagination and learning for children of all ages and backgrounds.

Governor John W. Hickenlooper commented on the impact of the program on Colorado children, families and cultural organizations like the DAM, “By allowing children in free, more parents will come, driving up admissions. Secondly, the kids who come, as many studies show, will likely do better in school. And lastly, these kids will become the supporters of the Museum and other cultural institutions in the future. It is the classic ‘gift that keeps on giving.’ ”

In addition to making the Free for Kids program possible, Reiman has been a longtime and valued member of the Denver Art Museum community. Since 2000, he has provided the Museum with invaluable leadership and guidance through his service as a Denver Art Museum trustee. He is also the namesake of the Reiman Bridge that connects the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton and North buildings.

“Scott Reiman’s gift is extremely generous both to the museum and the entire community. He has opened the door to provide free access to the museum for youth 18 and under, which is so important to the young people and our entire community in the future,” remarked Frederic C. Hamilton, Chairman Emeritus of the Denver Art Museum and namesake of the Hamilton Building, about the long term impact of the program.

Read the Denver Post story for more information about Scott Reiman and the Free for Kids Program at the Denver Art Museum.