After 10 years of renovating, rebuilding and restoring, the Rijksmuseum opens its new doors on the 13th of April 2013. It will be a new, modern museum with the division of original architect Pierre Cuypers. Wim Pijbes (chief executive) said: “It will be a museum where extraordinary things happen non-stop. The opening is the 13th of April and when it becomes a museum of taste, courage, optimism and fantasy, the mission is completed.”
What is there to look forward to? Many things. There will be a romantic garden to take a break from watching art. There is going to be a new educative center, called “De Teekenschool”. There will be a new museum shop, a ‘grand café’ to drink coffee and enjoy Dutch cookies, a library and an Asian pavilion. What Famous is really looking forward to is the 20th century department with van Koolhoven, the Rietveld chair and works by Karel Appel, including ‘L’homme carré’ (1951). Also, the largest painting in possession of the Rijksmuseum will be on view again: ‘Battle of Waterloo’ by Pieneman. In short: everything will be different, nothing will be the same, except from ‘The Nightwatch’ by Rembrandt, which will return to its original place.
Good news is that the Rijksmuseum will be open 365 days a year, daily from 9 am – 5 pm. Bring your children, because it’s free up to 18 years old. ING cardholders will get a 50% discount. Become a friend of the Rijksmuseum and be the first one to check out the new museum.
Until Sunday 17th of March there’s an exhibition of all the masterpieces of the Rijksmuseum; a collection of 400 masterpieces from the Golden Age, on view in the Philips wing.
The Rijksmuseum is across the street from Famous the gallery and Famous Auction House and Gallery Alex Daniëls – Reflex Amsterdam, so we feel very connected to the museum. The Famous team is very excited and looking forward to the opening of the new Rijksmuseum! Don’t forget to step by after your visit to the Rijksmuseum…