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Timken Gets Historic Visit by 'Rembrandt'

What drives Bob Hoehn and his wife Karen is not just a Mercedes or Honda, yes they are the owners of Hoehn Motors, but rather collecting Rembrandts. With a generous spirit, the Hoehn’s have loaned 14 of their extraordinary collection of rare prints by Rembrandt Van Rijn to the Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park.

Aside from record breaking attendance, there have been a series of special evenings in conjunction with the exhibition. One a thousand dollar a plated ‘Dinner with Rembrandt, special guest lectures such as the one with Sir Christopher White, he’s the former director of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, and on this particular evening themed Art in the Evening, a conversation between Bob Hoehn, collector and art connoisseur, and John Wilson, the Timken’s executive director.


Executive Director of the Timken Museum of Art John Wilson with Karen and Bob Hoehn


The April 15 evening started with cocktails and observing the 14 Rembrandts on exhibit.Christ Preaching (Le Petite Tombe) of about 1652, Christ at Emmaus of 1654, and two of his greatest prints, the Ecce Homo of 1655 and the Three Crosses of about 1660’ are noted by the Timken Museum as being some of the most well known by Rembrandt.

Among the guests there were May Zawaideh and her son, Martha and John Eggemeyer, Sharon and Al Cutri, Joyce and Paul Dostart, Ann Jones, Viviana and Charles Polinsky, Zandra Rhodes, Michelle and Duane Weinger, and Leslie and Gary Meads.

“This evening’s event was exceptional” said Gary Meads who is also Board President at the Timken. “To personally view Rembrandt’s work of any kind in San Diego is a rarity.  In fact, the Timken is the only San Diego museum fortunate enough to have a Rembrandt painting in its permanent collection.  But to experience this collection of extraordinary Rembrandt prints and hear first hand from the collector, Bob Hoehn, was a special treat.”

So was hearing a conversation between Bob Hoehn and John Wilson. Bob related that when he first started collecting he took some wrong turns. But with better guidance he found a true passion for Rembrandt’s art and collecting. And that passion grew.

When asked how the collecting has affected the lives of him and his wife, Bob joked that he had sold a boat. Laughs all around.

Bob’s wife Karen Hoehn added this. "Even after four hundred years Rembrandt continues to engage and enlighten.  Bob and John's casual conversation was a wonderful way to hear about forming a collection and what still inspires him about Rembrandt."

Inspiring it as many people have come back again and again to view the collection.

 "The Rembrandt exhibition has been an extraordinary experience for Timken visitors said John Wilson.  “In addition to some of the most sublime works of art we've had some of the greatest experts in the field available for the general public to meet and interact with.  Art in the Evening was no exception.  How often do we get to inquire into the mind of a great collector?  Just a great evening all the way around."

Other art in the Timken Collection include works from Rubens, Petrus Christus, Fragonard, John Singleton Copley and Eastman Johnson.

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