From the website of the Kunsthalle Hamburg, 1 March 2009
The exhibition Rembrandt – not Rembrandt is a joint project being organized by the Hamburg Kunsthalle and the Bremen Kunsthalle. For the first time, these two concurrent shows will bring together works of art by Rembrandt and his pupils drawn from the collections of both museums and present them to a wider public. The exhibition in Bremen will focus on drawings, the Hamburg Kunsthalle on paintings. How do we recognize a Rembrandt? What are the aesthetic aspects which make his paintings different from those of his pupils and successors? What importance did the artists and collectors of the time place on questions of style? The exhibitions in Hamburg and Bremen offer an excellent survey of the artists who, as colleagues, pupils or employees, had direct contact to Rembrandt, which set the standards for the generation of artists to come. The pupils’ response to their teacher is evident in the form of repetition, in terms of style, subject matter and composition. This double exhibition attempts to identify the similarities and the differences upon which we base our judgement Rembrandt – not Rembrandt and puts our powers of aesthetic discrimination to the test.
Rembrandt, oder nicht? Zeichnungen von Rembrandt und seinem Kreis aus den Hamburger und Bremer Kupferstichkabinetten
Anne Röver-Kann, with essays by her and Silke Reuther, catalogue by Anne Röver-Kann and Anne Buschhoff
Catalogue of the museum collection, including works lost since the Second World War, and of an exhibition held in 2000-01 in Bremen (Kunsthalle Bremen)
Ostfildern-Ruit (Hatje Cantz) 2000
Exhib. Rembrandt, oder nicht? Gemälde aus den Kunsthallen Bremen und Hamburg, Hamburg (Hamburger Kunsthalle)