The Rijksmuseum is reopening in Amsterdam after a ten-year restoration. This is a must-see museum that should be on everyone’s lifetime to-do list, and it sounds as if those of us who have been there already need to go back and see what they’ve done. The Financial Times reports:
What has been done with the museum is less a restoration with some fancy contemporary design than the inauguration of a curatorial revolution. When you see those early Rembrandts or the great mannerist “Massacre of the Innocents” of Cornelis van Haarlem with its ballet of twisting rumps, you will also encounter, as would those who would first have seen them, the silver, weapons and cabinets that were the furniture of the culture that made those pictures possible. You will enter the historical world of the Netherlands at a particular moment. And, because the objects are housed in frameless, edgeless displays in which the glass is of a stunning invisibility, nothing in one’s field of vision separates images from artefacts. […]Perhaps even more wonderfully, although the Rijksmuseum is about to be the greatest history-teaching institution anywhere in the world, it’s not all homework. Around every corner is eye-popping merriment and pleasure.
Summer is a wonderful time in Amsterdam, and one advantage of the euro crisis is that a visit can be relatively inexpensive. For VM readers thinking about summer plans, this just might be the time to see one of the cities that helped make the modern world and that houses some of the finest art to be seen anywhere on the planet.Learn more about the museum and plan your visit here.[Rijksmuseum image courtesy of Wikimedia.]