Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

January 22, 2022
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A decade in the making

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum gets a stunning face-lift

The brains behind Amsterdam’s spanking-new Rijksmuseum keep touting that its 10-year reno was one of the biggest ever by a national museum. Based on some of the pics we’ve seen, we’re inclined to agree. Both the museum’s 19th-century building and its collections inside have been completely revamped and new spaces have been added too. The Seville-based Cruz y Ortiz architecture firm have, for instance, transformed the inner courtyards into a stunning glass-covered entrance hall called the Atrium. And Parisian architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, known for his work at the Louvre, designed the galleries, now 80 strong with 8000 art and artifacts that tell the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages and Renaissance through to the present day. The Gallery of Honour houses the museum’s masterpieces including Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, which is the only piece that’s returned to its original spot, a dedicated space that the Rijksmuseum’s original architect, Pierre Cuypers, created for it in the late 19th century. New to museum is an Asian Pavilion surrounded by water and made of Portuguese stone and glass. Opening year admission: adults €15, kids aged 18 and under free.

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