Ri­jksmu­seum re-opens to­day

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - ANTIQUES AND FINE ART -

AF­TER a decade of clo­sure the Ri­jksmu­seum in Am­s­ter­dam — which houses the world’s most com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion of works by Ver­meer, Rem­brandt and the Dutch Golden Age — re-opens to the pub­lic to­day. Ren­o­va­tion took five years longer than ex­pected and cost € 375 mil­lion. Changes in­clude a new en­trance, an Asia Pav­il­ion, and two vast court­yards with light from above. Master­pieces will be on view in a re­veal­ing se­quence of 80 gal­leries where 19th cen­tury grandeur is fused with mod­ern de­sign. The new pre­sen­ta­tion fuses art and crafts chrono­log­i­cally. Art is dis­played along­side ob­jects like glass, porce­lain and fur­ni­ture that was around when the work was cre­ated to il­lus­trate the crosspol­li­na­tion be­tween dec­o­ra­tive and vis­ual arts.

Only The Night Watch, Rem­brandt’s fa­mous work renowned for its light, shadow, mo­tion and size and cor­rectly ti­tled The Com­pany of cap­tain Frans Ban­ning Cocq and lieu­tenant Willem van Ruyten­burch pre­par­ing to march out is back in its orig­i­nal po­si­tion. The mu­seum is ex­pected to at­tract up to two mil­lion vis­i­tors an­nu­ally and will be open 365 days a year.

Jour­nal­ists take pic­tures and video footage as dig­ni­taries in­clud­ing mu­seum di­rec­tor Wim Pi­jbes, cen­tre, pose in front of Dutch mas­ter Rem­brandt’s The Night Watch paint­ing dur­ing a press preview of the ren­o­vated Ri­jk­mu­seum in Am­s­ter­dam. Pic­ture: AP...

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