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In bed with Rembrandt

May 10. 2019
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By The Nation

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To mark the 350th anniversary of Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn’s death, Amsterdam’s luxurious Conservatorium hotel joins hands with the Rijksmuseum to craft the Art Suite by Rembrandt package.

The room rates start at 875 euros (Bt31,000) for a night in the Art Suite, which is adorned with curated artwork reminiscent of the Rembrandt’s masterpiece, “The Night Watch”, and receive two sleeping masks featuring Rembrandt’s famous work “Marten & Oopjen”. 

To maximise the guest experience, Conservatorium enlisted the assistance of Dutch designer Irma Boom, who created the colour scheme for the suite’s design based on the DNA colours of “The Night Watch”, as well as renowned Dutch artist Sarah van Sonsbeeck, whose interpretation of the painting can be found in the bathroom. 

“We wanted hotel guests to be immersed in the different elements and colours of Rembrandt’s work, and to inspire them before seeing the real thing at the Rijksmuseum,” said Boom.

“In my own personal way, I tried to get closer to Rembrandt as an artist, imagining what would happen the moment after everyone stops their posing and they would actually step out of the painting.”

The package also provides a copy of the book “Rembrandt: Biography of a Rebel” by curator Jonathan Bikker and complimentary ‘fast-lane’ access for two persons to the ‘Year of Rembrandt’ exhibits at the Rijksmuseum. 

Guests can also register for the additional sightseeing programmes that include a private after-hour tour of the Rijksmuseum’s Hall of Fame and two-hour private walking tour through the city of Amsterdam that showcases where Rembrandt lived and worked, and the places that inspired his work.

The Rijksmuseum is commemorates Rembrandt’s 350th anniversary with the Year of Rembrandt exhibitions and special events celebrating the work of one of the world’s greatest artists. 

The year-long celebration opens with “All the Rembrandts”, in which the Rijksmuseum will present for the first time an exhibition of all 22 paintings, 60 drawings and more than 300 of the finest examples of Rembrandt’s prints in its collection. As well as holding the world’s largest collection of Rembrandt paintings – including “The Night Watch” and “The Jewish Bride” – the Rijksmuseum collection offers the world’s most comprehensive and representative overview of Rembrandt’s work. 

This exhibition will run until June 10 and then from July onwards. Rijksmuseum visitors will be invited to watch the restoration of “The Night Watch”, Rembrandt’s most celebrated masterpiece next year. From July 15 to September 15, 2020 visitors can enjoy the “Long Live Rembrandt” exhibition.

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