Press releases

The latest press releases from the Rijksmuseum.

Rijksmuseum stages major retrospective of 19th-century photography

Rijksmuseum stages major retrospective of 19th-century photography

April 6 2017 - 9:25 AM

This summer the Rijksmuseum is presenting a major retrospective of 19th-century photography. Three hundred photos from the museum’s own collection will show just how varied photography was immediately after its invention in 1839. The exhibition will include portraits, nudes, cityscapes and travel photos, as well as scientific and commercial photography, and the first amateur snapshots.

Small Wonders

Small Wonders

March 21 2017 - 11:03 AM

They are among the most sophisticated, mysterious and unknown works of Dutch art: the masterfully carved figurines, miniature shrines, coffins, skulls and prayer nuts of boxwood from the 16th century. They are often no larger than a few tens of millimetres and were intended purely for private use. About 130 examples are still in existence today. No fewer than 60 of them from around the world will be on display at the Rijksmuseum during the 'Small Wonders' exhibition, which will be held from 17 June to 17 September.

Jean Dubuffet in the Rijksmuseum Gardens

Jean Dubuffet in the Rijksmuseum Gardens

May 10 2017 - 9:10 AM - Exhibition

A parade of tragicomic characters, a tower with stories and a brilliant white tree can all be admired this summer in the Rijksmuseum Gardens. From 1 July, twelve monumental sculptures by the French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) will be on display. The sculptures, characterised by the recognisable bright white, red and blue patterns, come from Paris, Lisbon, New York and London. The exhibition runs from 1 July to 1 October 2017.

Mario Testino guest edits Vogue's Art Special for the Rijksmuseum photography show

Mario Testino guest edits Vogue's Art Special for the Rijksmuseum photography show

June 11 2017 - 10:00 AM

The world-renowned photographer Mario Testino curates his pick of photographs from the New Realities. Photography in the 19th century exhibition in an Art Special for Vogue.

350th Anniversary of the Battle of Medway in the Rijksmuseum

350th Anniversary of the Battle of Medway in the Rijksmuseum

June 8 2017 - 12:47 PM

On 19 June 1667, exactly 350 years ago, Admiral Michiel de Ruyter launched a surprise attack on the English fleet at anchor in the naval dockyard in Chatham. The English naval vessels were largely destroyed and the flagship 'Royal Charles' was captured and taken to the Netherlands as a war trophy. The stern carving of the 'Royal Charles' has been in the Rijksmuseum collection since 1833. His Royal Highness Prince Maurits will be opening the Rijksmuseum’s presentation 'Tocht naar Chatham (Battle of Medway)' on 19 June to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the battle.

Rijksmuseum’s 10-millionth visitor spends the night beneath The Night Watch

Rijksmuseum’s 10-millionth visitor spends the night beneath The Night Watch

June 1 2017 - 7:40 PM

The Rijksmuseum welcomed its 10-millionth visitor, just four years after its grand reopening in 2013.

Expected exhibitions at the Rijksmuseum

Expected exhibitions at the Rijksmuseum

June 1 2017 - 4:45 PM

The Rijksmuseum organizes exhibitions both large and small, national and international at the Philips Wing.