On Wednesday, February 8, one of the most awaited culture events of this year in Prague – the exhibition Rembrandt & Co. – Stories Told by a Prosperous Age – was opened. The Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs, Uri Rosenthal, took part in this ceremony; the importance of this event was accentuated as well by the presence of ING Executive Board Member Hans van der Noordaa.
ING Bank Czech Republic is the general sponsor of this unique and outstanding exhibition of the collection of Dutch paintings from the 17th and early 18th centuries. ”Culture has always been key to ING. Our aim is to make art and culture accessible to a broad audience; that is why ING sponsors several cultural projects worldwide. Among others, our key partnerships include the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This exhibition overview of Dutch masters fits perfectly for ING and gives opportunity to participate in the cultural life of the Czech Republic and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ING Bank on the Czech market,” said Jan Bartholomeus, CEO ING Bank Czech Republic.
The National Gallery in Prague maintains the largest and most valuable collection of old European art. The collection represents virtually all the genres and schools of painting, as well as most of the grandest names of the Golden Age of Dutch art. Based on broad international collaboration, for the following three months the Gallery will show, alongside its own holdings, the finest loans from abroad and the Czech Republic, offering the public a representative survey of Dutch painting dating from the Baroque era.
Over 120 paintings are presented at the exhibition. Concurrently, a representative survey of Dutch engravings of the 17th and early 18th centuries will be shown, including some of Rembrandt’s works. Among the prints featured will be his Hundred Guilder Print – one of the most illustrious examples of the art of engraving.
The exhibition Rembrandt & Co. – Stories Told by a Prosperous Age takes place at Sternberg Palace at Prague Castle from February 10 till May 27, 2012.