Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Rijksmuseum Returns!

On Friday April 12, 2013 the Rijksmuseum of the Netherlands, after an extended period of dormancy, reopened its doors to a select group of Dutch citizens, and their friends) for a special 'preview' evening. Completing the festivities was an oversized flower tower (it was at least 3 m tall and fabulously fragrant), copious amounts of wine and champagne, and a nearly empty brand-new museum, for the other and I to explore. The highlights of the early evening hours were the Rembrandt's, Johannes Vermeer's, and Hendrick Avercamp's. While slightly later in the evening, after a few wines, my highlight was inhabiting the same gallery space as Li Edelkoort. She was, perhaps, a meter away. Any other time I would have extended a hand, said hello, and started to chat. But on this night, this very special night, the museum's private visitors were 'amongst friends'. Anyone who is anyone within the Dutch cultural scene was there, Irma Boom included. The tiny booklets she designed for the reopened museum reflect its refined content and redesigned home: simple, yet elegant.