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Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now

In partnership with English Heritage

April 12–May 18, 2019
Grosvenor Hill, London

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Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Rudolf Stingel, © Howard Hodgkin. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

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Artwork, left to right: © Rudolf Stingel, © Howard Hodgkin. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

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Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Cindy Sherman, © Rudolf Stingel, © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

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Artwork, left to right: © Cindy Sherman, © Rudolf Stingel, © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Urs Fischer, © Rudolf Stingel. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

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Artwork, left to right: © Urs Fischer, © Rudolf Stingel. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Giuseppe Penone; © Glenn Brown; © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019; © Richard Prince. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

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Artwork, left to right: © Giuseppe Penone; © Glenn Brown; © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019; © Richard Prince. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view with Ellen Gallagher, Odalisque (2013) Artwork © Ellen Gallagher. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view with Ellen Gallagher, Odalisque (2013)

Artwork © Ellen Gallagher. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Glenn Brown; © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2019; © Jenny Saville. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

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Artwork, left to right: © Glenn Brown; © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2019; © Jenny Saville. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left: © Jenny Saville; right: © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2019. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

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Artwork, left: © Jenny Saville; right: © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2019. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view with Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait with Two Circles (c. 1665) Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view with Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait with Two Circles (c. 1665)

Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left and center: © 2019 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Licensed by DACS, London; right: © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view

Artwork, left and center: © 2019 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Licensed by DACS, London; right: © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Installation view Artwork, left to right: © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2019; © Gerhard Richter 2019 (16042019), © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019; © 2019 Dora Maar Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; © Charles Ray. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

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Artwork, left to right: © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2019; © Gerhard Richter 2019 (16042019), © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019; © 2019 Dora Maar Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; © Charles Ray. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Works Exhibited

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait with Two Circles, c. 1665 Oil on canvas, 45 × 37 inches (114.3 × 94 cm), English Heritage, The Iveagh Bequest (Kenwood, London).Photo: Historic England Photo Library

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait with Two Circles, c. 1665

Oil on canvas, 45 × 37 inches (114.3 × 94 cm), English Heritage, The Iveagh Bequest (Kenwood, London).
Photo: Historic England Photo Library

Glenn Brown, Sex, 2003 Oil on panel, 49 ⅝ × 33 ½ inches (126 × 85.1 cm)© Glenn Brown. Photo: Robert McKeever

Glenn Brown, Sex, 2003

Oil on panel, 49 ⅝ × 33 ½ inches (126 × 85.1 cm)
© Glenn Brown. Photo: Robert McKeever

About

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, Cindy Sherman, and Rudolf Stingel, among others. A new work created by Jenny Saville in response to Rembrandt’s self-portrait will be revealed for the first time. 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.

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Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait with Two Circles, c. 1665, English Heritage, The Iveagh Bequest (Kenwood, London). Photo: Historic England Photo Library

Tour

Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now
In partnership with English Heritage

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 6pm
Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London

Gagosian director and art historian Richard Calvocoressi will lead a tour of the exhibition Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London. Calvocoressi will take a look at postwar and contemporary masters of self-representation, anchoring the conversation to an important Rembrandt masterpiece included in the exhibition, Self-Portrait with Two Circles (c. 1665). The event has reached capacity. To join the wait list, contact londontours@gagosian.com.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait with Two Circles, c. 1665, English Heritage, The Iveagh Bequest (Kenwood, London). Photo: Historic England Photo Library