Sunday 18 April 2021

Rijksmuseum hints at expansion to host 20th century objects.

Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, which reopened last year after a 10-year renovation project, could do with a new wing to display its growing collection of 20th century art and objects, director Wim Pijbes says in an interview with the AD.

‘The 20th century collection is growing and more will be bought and donated in the coming years,’ Pijbes told the paper.

‘I do not consider it inconceivable that expansion – a wing or pavilion – would be necessary to properly display the collection of 20th century objects.’

The Philips wing was added later to the original museum to display the 19th century collection, Pijbes pointed out. ‘If the building is no bigger than it is, there is only one option – expand.’ Pijbes said he had ideas about where the new wing could be located but was not yet prepared to give details.

The Rijksmuseum made global headlines last month after a short visit by US president Barack Obama during the nuclear security summit. Obama gave a news conference standing in front of Rembrandt’s Night Watch.

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