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The New Rijksmuseum
In 2003, the ambitious renovation of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam began. One of the world’s preeminent art institutions and home to a glorious collection including masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer, the museum was scheduled to re-open its doors in 2008. But, from the start the project was opposed by unyielding bureaucratic forces and public resistance and the landmark was slowly transformed into a seemingly perpetual construction site. The museum's director Ronald de Leeuw, and his successor, Wim Pijbes, battled with politicians, designers, curators and the Dutch Cyclists Union as they endeavored to re-open the museum and put its massive collection back on display. Five years late and costs exceeding $500 million, the museum reopened in 2013.
"Epic...Art lovers will find it edifying."- John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
"Eye-opening."- A.O Scott, The New York Times
"Four Stars!"- Stephen Boone, RogerEbert.com
‘It’s just a renovation,” quips Rijksmuseum director Wim Pijbes. “How complicated can it be?” At that point, we’re a good two hours into Oeke Hoogendijk’s two-part documentary about the 10-year process of sprucing up the Amsterdam museum, one of the greatest in the world. Contractor bids have come ...