Unwrapping the New Rijksmuseum: A Conversation with Gregor Weber
By Abigail R. Esman
Outside Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, a clock has been counting down the nights to 13 April, when the museum, following a ten-year, €375 million renovation, reopens to the public. The clock is a pun of sorts – a night watch, timing the moment when the Rijksmuseum’s most famous treasure, Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, will welcome the return of art lovers to the museum.
The restored building will showcase, too, not only the Rembrandt masterpieces for which it is so well-known – The Jewish Bride and The Anatomy Lesson among them – but Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid and the largest collection of 17th-century Delftware in the world, as well as a much-beloved collection of other Old Master paintings and drawings, and decorative art from the year 1200 to the mid-20th century. Eight thousand objects will be on view, including 124 new acquisitions to be shown at the museum for the first time.
Abigail R. Esman writes regularly on art and design for Art + Auction, The International Herald Tribune and ARTINFO.com, among other publications.