Project Description

HIER.

concept: Stephanie Archangel, Elmer Kolfin
curatorial team classical:

Stephanie Archangel, Elmer Kolfin, Epco Runia, David de Witt
curatorial team contemporary:
Raul Balai & Brian Elstak
exhibition design & conceptual consultants: Raul Balai & Brian Elstak
contemporary artists: AiRich, Hedy Tjin, Charl Landvreugd,
Dion Rosina, JeanPaul Paula, Jörgen Tjon A Fong, Iris Kensmil,
Iriée Zamblé, Jaasir Linger, Raul Balai & Brian Elstak
location:
Rembrandt Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
on view: March 2020 – September 2020

Photo credits: Les Adu & Mike Bink

Black people were present in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century. Here, in society, in Rembrandt’s neighbourhood and in art. This has long—wrongly—been neglected. From 6 March to 31 May 2020 in the Rembrandt House Museum you can come eye to eye with unusual portraits of black people. How did artists depict them? And can we find out who they are? HIER. Black in Rembrandt’s Time is about neglected works of art and the creation of an image, about recognition and acknowledgment.

“For years I’ve been looking for portraits of black people like me. Surely there had to be more than the stereotypical images of servants, enslaved people or caricatures? I found the alternative in Rembrandt’s time: a gallery of portraits of black people who are depicted with respect and dignity.” – Stephanie Archangel, Guest Curator

In contemporary art, black plays an entirely different role from that in the seventeenth century. Now there are black artists who reflect on their own identities. And when black people are depicted, we know who they are. Both sides, the maker and the portrayed, now have a voice. The exhibition features new and existing works by ten prominent contemporary artists,