Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now (In partnership with English Heritage): Gagosian Gallery, Grosvenor Hill, Mayfair, London
Rembrandt's masterpiece Self-Portrait with Two Circles (c. 1665) will go on view at Gagosian Grosvenor Hill, heralding a new alliance between the international gallery and English Heritage–the charity entrusted with the care of this painting and more than 500,000 other paintings and artifacts, together with more than 400 historic sites across England.
Rembrandt's legendary painting will be the centerpiece of an exhibition of self-portraits that will also include works by Francis Bacon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lucian Freud, and Pablo Picasso, as well as leading contemporary artists such as Georg Baselitz, Glenn Brown, Urs Fischer, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Giuseppe Penone, Richard Prince, Jenny Saville, Cindy Sherman, and Rudolf Stingel, among others. Entry to the exhibition is free.
The partnership between Gagosian and English Heritage, which will be launched with this exhibition, will entail the gallery supporting the charity and its sites, artworks, and artifacts–including Kenwood, the home of Rembrandt's self-portrait in the north of London. To begin, Gagosian will support the conservation of the painting's eighteenth-century wooden frame. Other future events between the two organizations are in the planning stages.
Anna Eavis, Curatorial Director at English Heritage, comments: "Working with Gagosian will allow us to create exciting juxtapositions between our collections and the gallery's modern and contemporary program. We're delighted to be starting with Rembrandt's Self-Portrait with Two Circles, which usually hangs at Kenwood. It's one of the world's great paintings and, despite its considerable age, a work of extraordinary modernity."
After Gagosian, Self-Portrait with Two Circles will return to Kenwood. In October of this year, the painting will be the focus of a special new display, timed to coincide with the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt's death.
English Heritage cares for more than 400 historic buildings, monuments, and sites-including world-famous prehistoric sites, grand medieval castles, Roman forts on the edge of the empire, and a Cold War bunker. Through these, history is brought to life for over ten million people each year. For more information, please visit www.english-heritage.org.uk.
Glenn BrownSex, 2003Oil on panel126 x 85cm
Glenn BrownThe Hurdy-Gurdy, 2019Acrylic paint on panel, in large Tuscan frame of the late 16th/early 17 century, painted with black lacquer and decorated with gilded floral and geometrical elements.167.8 x 118 x 0.3 cm (66 1/8 x 46 1/2 x 1/8 in) panel
198 x 150 x 5.5 cm (78 x 59 1/8 x 2 1/8 in) frame