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The Rijksmuseum

by Nataša Pantović

In every museum what gives it its heart, mind and soul is its permanent collection. If you wish to know what a museum is really about, it’s mission and objectives, keep your eye on the art it owns in long term.


The Milkmaid 1657 / 58 by Johannes Vermeer, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Holland

The museum has total collection of 1 million objects collected over a period of 200 years of medieval art, jewelry, musical instruments. It regularly displays 8,000 of them, including the works of art of the two world most famous Dutch painters: Rembrandt and Vermeer. The museum collection was from its start independent, i.e. did not originate from the royal collection.

The Rijksmuseum is the national museum of the Netherlands

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Building

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Building

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam Holland was designed in 1885 by Pierre Cuypers. The main building was reopened in 2013, after an amazing ten years of renovation costing 375 million euros. Many of the old interior decorations were restored to their original glory.

"Did you know that a large, new building will take the place of the Trippenhuis in Amsterdam? That’s fine with me; the Trippenhuis is too small, and many paintings hang in such a way that one can’t see them properly."

Vincent van Gogh in a letter to his brother Theo, 1873

Portrait of a Young Couple (1622) by Frans Hals

Portrait of a Young Couple (1622) by Frans Hals , Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Holland


This place, its history and memory, hosted a couple special, short-term shows:

All the Rembrandts

In 2019, 350 years after the artist's death, the museum curated an exhibition of all the works by Rembrandt, consisting of 22 paintings, 60 drawings, and 300 prints.

The Night Watch (1642) by Rembrandt

Night Watch 1640 Rembrandt in the Night Watch Room, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Holland 

Rembrandt painted the De Nachtwacht,The Night Watch in 1640, called this way because by 1780s, the picture was so dimmed that it looked like a night scene. After it was restored, it was discovered that it represents a party of 18 musketeers stepping into the sunlight. 

Another interesting exhibition in 2021 was entitled: Slavery in the Dutch Empire

The Dutch colonial Empire, from the 17th to the 19th century in South Africa and Asia, where the Dutch West / East India Company were engaged in slavery together with the trans Atlantic slavery in Brazil and the Caribbean, with more than a million people forced into slavery.

The museum has 2.5 million visitors yearly.

Dr Sophie Oosterwijk Lecture: "The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam: Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' and much, much more" 

ASinMalta Lecture at The Radisson Blu, St, George’s Bay, St. Julian’s has started at 6.30pm with Dr Sophie Oosterwijk Lecture: "The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam: Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' and much, much more" The #lecture took us on a journey to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Holland, covering: the history of the building, and its collection. Dr Sophie told the audiance about recent 10 year renovation that brought back the splendour of architect #PierreCuypers' original neo-gothic decorations. 

Asinmalta Lecture Dutch Museum Jan 2023 with audiance

Asinmalta Lecture Dutch Museum Jan 2023 with audiance

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