Tuesday, 14 May 2013

THIS IS: OPEN AGAIN

Two of Amsterdam's key art museums have recently reopened following long renovation programs. The Rijksmuseum's doors are now open showing off its restored new spaces for the first time in ten years. Pierre Cuypers 1885 neo Gothic masterpiece (top) was ripe for modernisation inside with visitor numbers topping one million just before the restoration began. We're sure both art and architecture will be competing for attention as visitors wander the newly renovated galleries (above) in search of Dutch greats like van Gogh, Rembrandt, Vermeer et al.
On the other end of Museumplein is the contrasting Stedelijk Museum's bold new wing. Dubbed the bath tub by many, this modern feat of architecture has divided opinion. It may be an odd juxtaposition with the  old building, yet inside old and new merge seamlessly creating bright open galleries to view one of Europe's most renowned collections of art and design.

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