Exhibition inspires scholarships for Art History and Fine Arts students

05 June 2015
Rembrandt Remastered Exhibition

An exhibition of digitally remastered paintings by Dutch artist Rembrandt is the inspiration behind two scholarships to Holland for university students to see the master’s original work first-hand.

The 57 digital reproductions of the 17th Century Old Master's works - entitled Rembrandt Remastered – opened at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington today and will run to July 5.

The exhibition has been brought to Wellington by Boyd Klap (CNZM, OON, QSO), president of the New Zealand Netherlands Foundation, who was astonished by the paintings when he saw them in Amsterdam about 18 months ago.

The exhibition is part of a long-running Dutch project to bring together all Rembrandt's 330 known paintings, the originals of which are spread across about 20 countries. Only 43 paintings are in the Netherlands, in eight museums in five different cities.

Rembrandt Remastered will also be displayed at Smith & Caughey's department store in Queen Street, Auckland from August 13 to September 13, before being available for exhibition elsewhere in New Zealand and Australia.

The two scholarships, sponsored by Boyd Klap, are valued at up to $3,000 each to cover KLM return flights from Auckland-Amsterdam and expenses during a one-week stay.

The successful students will be connected with curators and other museum professionals during their stay at the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, and other institutions.

Applicants must visit the exhibition in Auckland or Wellington and reflect on their engagement with Rembrandt’s artworks in a motivating 500-word letter.

Boyd Klap, along with Dr Erin Griffey, Head of Art History at The University of Auckland, will select the winning letters.

”This is a wonderful opportunity for two students to see and closely study some of the most famous and exquisite art works in the world,” Dr Griffey says.

The two scholarships are open to all currently enrolled university students in New Zealand studying Art History or Fine Art. Any level of study, from first-year through postgraduate will be considered.

Applicants must send their motivating letter, a copy of their academic transcript and their CV by 30 September 2015 to:

Erin Griffey

Head of Art History

18 Symonds Street

The University of Auckland

Auckland 1142


Anna Kellett, Media Relations Adviser

Email: anna.kellett@auckland.ac.nz