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Rijksmuseum reopens

Rijksmuseum reopens, Rembrandt van Rijn, Pieter Claesz, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriël Metsu, Rembrandt van Rijn
One of the world’s great museums, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, reopened its doors today after 10 years of renovations.

The museum’s centerpiece, Rembrandt’s monumental work Officers and other civic guardsmen of District II of Amsterdam, under the command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq andLieutenant Willem van Ruytenburch, known as the ‘Night Watch’ (above, second down), remains in its original position; every other aspect of the museum and the presentation of its collection has been redesigned.

There is an article on the restoration on the Museum’s recently redone website (which I wrote about last September), along with a video and photos.

In addition there is a documentary on YouTube, a video of the opening celebration on NOS, an article and slideshow on CNN and a slideshow on Guardian, along with an article on the rethinking of the galleries, and a video of a flashmob recreation of “Night Watch” in a Dutch shopping center.

Those of us who can’t easily visit the renovated museum in person can enjoy highlights from the museum’s collection in high resolution on their website.

(Images above: renovated hall, Rembrandt van Rijn, Pieter Claesz, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriël Metsu, Rembrandt van Rijn)

[Thanks to “Ælle Ayres” for links and updates.]


7 responses to “Rijksmuseum reopens”

  1. Really enjoyed the visit to the Rijksmuseum with my mum! Waited for hours among thousands of other people after the Queen left until we were allowed to go inside and see the beautiful restored museum.

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    Daniel Sprick: In the footsteps of Vermeer?

  3. The closing of Van Gogh Museum.
    Because Obama is eager to visit the Rijksmuseum, all of a sudden Amsterdam complies with requirements. It’s not fair!

    1. I was about to say I was surprised to hear of Obama showing an interest in art, but he’s there to view a document that is apparently a precursor to our Declaration of Independence:

      Same thing happens here when foreign dignitaries come through on tours, whole sections of cities shut down for security.

  4. Bedankt voor uw verhelderende uitleg; thank you for your elucidation.

    1. Yes. A visit to see a historic document, and a photo-op; but I don’t think he has any particular interest in art. Here’s the museum’s photo-op page: