The new Rijksmuseum

The new Rijksmuseum

DVD - 2015 | Dutch; Flemish
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In 2003, the ambitious renovation of one of the world's greatest museums began. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, home to glorious masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and others, was supposed to reopen its doors in 2008 after five years of construction, but from the start of the project was in trouble. The museum battled politicians, designers, curators and even the Dutch Cyclists Union as the workers struggled to complete the job.
Publisher: New York, NY : First Run Features, [2015]
ISBN: 9786316250650
Branch Call Number: 751.6 NEW
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (131 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Sep 16, 2018

It is hard to imagine who would like this boring documentary. Maybe an architect would see something of interest. So slow moving showing bulldozing walls and interspersing scenes of officials visiting other cities to get ideas. An occasional somewhat interesting argument with the president of the cyclist union. Thank goodness for a fast forward button.

Jun 10, 2016

Interesting for locals or if you plan to attend this museum. Boring for the rest of us. Primarily involved construction and communication problems.
The builders had no concern for community traffic issues or for the art the museum was to hold. Funny how they tried to ram their ideas down the throat of the community and ignored the valuable input of the curators. If they want black walls... make them black. The builder and some other men seemed kind of arrogant and sexist.

Jun 05, 2016

A good portrayal of the problems encountered during a major reconstruction project, but the photographer is too much in love with his own artistry, e.g. far too many slow-moving scenes showing nothing but side views of people's heads, a technique which becomes irritating after a while. Other scenes would have been much better had there been narration to tell us what was going on. Overall, pruning about 30 of the 131 minutes would have improved it immensely. However, in spite of its faults, watching this DVD has given me a new angle to think about when I visit the Rijksmusem.


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