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Our catalogues

As part of our mission to show Dutch and Flemish old masters from the collection to as many people as possible, we have published 5 catalogues to date and have been published in many exhibition catalogues throughout the years.. Today, our approach is somewhat different; we still write and publish catalogues, but we will only distribute these via our digital channels.

A special mention should be in the very first catalogue our work featured: the PAN Artfair 1998, where our “Old man with a Turban” was announced as reattributed to Rembrandt, after two years of research by the Rembrandt Research Project; a very exciting way to start our collectors career. The publication was accompanied by a large marketing push through the Netherlands, with announcements hanging on outdoor advertising throughout most major cities.

Below is the artwork of all these catalogues, The latest catalogue is viewable in our PDF – viewer, which has been made interactive, with video and zoomable images.

The first catalogue: 2002

In December 2002 the FAA published an English language catalogue of the Old Masters in its collections under the title:

– Dutch and Flemish Old Masters from the Kremer Collection

The catalogue was written in close cooperation with the Mauritshuis, The Hague by specialists in the field of seventeenth century art and it took several years to complete. Most of the paintings were photographed specially for the catalogue.

An exclusive, limited edition of 400 numbered copies was printed. The catalogue – 188 pages, hardbound with a slipcase – was designed by award-winning Dutch designer Gracia Lebbink and has 39 full colour plates (many with fold-out pages) and supporting photos in black and white.

Our first tour: 2008/2009

In July 2008 two new catalogues were published as part of a 3 venue European tour of the collection as a whole.

The German language catalogue contains 48 works and was published to accompany the exhibitions:

  • Rembrandt, ein Jugendtraum. Die Sammlung Kremer. Meisterwerke der Niederlaendische Malerei – Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz Museum & Fondation Corboud, July 11-October 5, 2008
  • Private Views. Niederlaendische Malerei der Sammlung Kremer – Kassel, Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel – Schloss Wilhelmshoehe, October 24, 2008 – January 25, 2009

A Dutch language catalogue also describing 48 works was published to accompany the exhibition:

  • Rembrandt, een jongensdroom – Haarlem, Frans Hals Museum, February 14 – June 14, 2009

Paris Pinacotheque

In late 2011, the Pinacotheque in Paris organized the show: ILONE ET GEORGE KREMER, HÉRITIERS DE L’ÂGE D’OR HOLLANDAIS. For this a French catalogue got published, of which the artwork is shown to the left. An introductory excerpt:

…The exceptional collection gathered by Ilone and George Kremer over more than sixteen years is symbolic in this respect: as if this couple were directly descended from this new category of merchant collectors from the world of the Indian route. Just like their elders, Ilone and George Kremer made their fortune in international trade and live between Holland, the United States and Spain. But they remain deeply attached to their culture, that of Holland, and are above all passionate, erudite collectors, undoubtedly knowing their works and Dutch artists better than many specialists and art historians…

…Thanks to an extraordinary collection of fifty-seven works, the Kremers take us on a journey through time to the heart of this new world where chiaroscuro is the culmination of a journey which shows, on the one hand, genre scenes and the social relations between the different professions in the Dutch 17th century, on the other hand, how the bourgeoisie dethroned the aristocracy in the world of art lovers and collectors. The exhibition also presents, through the attributes of this bourgeoisie, some of the most remarkable and representative still lifes and landscapes of the Dutch Golden Age…

Going digital

The problem with publishing books in the 21st century is ofcourse the risk that when you go to print, information could be outdated. Since our last full catalogue in 2011, which showed some 57 works of art, we have been able to almost double the collection in size with both major acquisitions, as well as  fantastic works of art by lesser known Masters. This, together with our growing focus on digital channels made us decide to publish our new catalogues digitally. This way we can simply add to them as we acquire new, beautiful works of art.