The Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover will open a special exhibition of Rembrandt's etchings and celebrate its 25th Anniversary Silver Gala fro 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, May 12.
"Few exhibitions can compare to the Dutch master Rembrandt. We are thrilled to coincide the opening of his work to launch our silver anniversary. The museum's forward momentum, built over a quarter-century, rests at the heart of our theme, sharing art with Delaware. For most art lovers on the Delmarva Peninsula, Rembrandt is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity. Touring it during our silver gala celebration adds enormous luster and benefits a great cause," said Charlie Guerin, Biggs Museum executive director.
The silver gala will be a festive reunion of governors, legislators and community leaders who have shaped the museum over the past 25 years. Attendees will be the first to experience this inspiring body of Rembrandt's works. The exhibition will then be open to the public through Sunday, July 8.
Rembrandt Etchings: States, Fakes and Restrikes will showcase a traveling exhibit of 40 Rembrandt etchings from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, joined by Rembrandt's etchings from the University of Arizona Museum of Art. It is one of many impressive exhibitions scheduled at the Biggs Museum to celebrate its 25th anniversary year in 2018.
Rembrandt is one of the most influential printmakers in the history of art. He created etchings that offer a wide range of subjects, from incisive representations of scriptures to studies of street life. His prints possess comedy as well as sober social commentary and have influenced innumerable later printmakers. The exhibition includes first state pulls from the artist's lifetime, and restrike prints and copies from the 17th to 20th centuries. This exhibition will be accompanied by a variety of programming.
Gala tickets are $200 per person. Attendees will dine under the tent on The Green and dance the night away to live music from Lost in Paris, and pianist Tim Plimpton and vocalist Steffi Holmes.
Funds raised at the gala will enable the Biggs to continue to serve the community throughout the year with educational programs and inspiring exhibitions.
For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.BiggsMuseum.org or call 302-674-2111.