22 Jan - 22 May

RAW: A realistic look at the human body


Thirteen contemporary artists show the human body without idealization in the Rembrandt House.

Depicting the human body as it is – that is not so obvious. We have been idealizing our own and others’ appearance for centuries. Now we do that with Photoshop, plastic surgery and social media filters. In the seventeenth century this was done in works of art. But not Rembrandt. He looked at others – and at himself – with an open and curious look and often depicted people very realistically.

In the group exhibition RAUW, Rembrandt’s etchings are the introduction to the work of thirteen contemporary artists, including Melanie Bonajo, Marlene Dumas, Buhlebezwe Siwani, Aline Thomassen and Natasja Kensmil. They give a realistic view of the human body, its natural functions and the ways in which we present ourselves to the outside world. A welcome and sobering alternative to the prevailing ideal, sometimes vulnerable, sometimes powerful, sometimes confrontational, but always raw. The museum is also making an online talk show and a podcast about imaging and self-image in times of social media.

RAW, until May 22th 2022, Museum Het Rembrandthuis