Press releases

The latest press releases from the Rijksmuseum.

Rijksmuseum presents women artists in the Gallery of Honour for the first time

Rijksmuseum presents women artists in the Gallery of Honour for the first time

March 8 2021 - 9:00 AM

For the first time in history, the Rijksmuseum is exhibiting work by women artists in the Gallery of Honour. Paintings by Judith Leyster, Gesina ter Borch and Rachel Ruysch will soon be on permanent display among the 17th-century works by Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt.

Landmark exhibition, Slavery, to open at Rijksmuseum this spring

Landmark exhibition, Slavery, to open at Rijksmuseum this spring

November 16 2020 - 2:00 PM

Rijksmuseum, the national museum of arts and history of the Netherlands, will stage its first ever major exhibition dedicated to the subject of slavery this spring. Slavery is inextricably bound up with Dutch history. It is the first time stories of slave trade across the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans are told together in one exhibition in the Netherlands.

Exhibition programme 2021-2022

Exhibition programme 2021-2022

December 17 2020 - 2:00 PM

The Rijksmuseum will present several major exhibitions and smaller displays in 2021 and 2022.

King to open Rijksmuseum exhibition Slavery on 18 May

King to open Rijksmuseum exhibition Slavery on 18 May

May 12 2021 - 2:00 PM

King Willem-Alexander will open the Slavery exhibition at the Rijksmuseum on the afternoon of Tuesday 18 May 2021. Due to Covid restrictions, the exhibition will initially be open only to secondary schools in the greater Amsterdam area – The Rijksmuseum will open the exhibition to the general public as soon as circumstances permit.

Collection of the sinologist Robert van Gulik gifted to the Rijksmuseum

Collection of the sinologist Robert van Gulik gifted to the Rijksmuseum

April 6 2021 - 9:00 AM

The Rijksmuseum has been gifted a remarkable collection belonging to Robert van Gulik by his family. Robert van Gulik (1910-1967) was a sinologist and diplomat in China and Japan, and an acknowledged Chinese literatus, or scholar-official. The gift comprises 54 objects: a unique collection of 50 Chinese seals, a 13-metre scroll of seal prints, two calligraphies and one painting.

Rijksmuseum presents women artists in the Gallery of Honour for the first time

Rijksmuseum presents women artists in the Gallery of Honour for the first time

March 8 2021 - 9:00 AM

For the first time in history, the Rijksmuseum is exhibiting work by women artists in the Gallery of Honour. Paintings by Judith Leyster, Gesina ter Borch and Rachel Ruysch will soon be on permanent display among the 17th-century works by Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt. This move aims to highlight the underexposure of women in Dutch cultural history.

Alex Alsemgeest appointed as the Rijksmuseum’s Curator of Library Collections

Alex Alsemgeest appointed as the Rijksmuseum’s Curator of Library Collections

February 25 2021 - 3:00 PM

The Rijksmuseum’s new Curator of Library Collections is Alex Alsemgeest, who will take up his post on 20 September 2021. As an expert in the field of library collections, Alex Alsemgeest has previously worked at numerous renowned libraries in the Netherlands and elsewhere. He succeeds Geert-Jan Koot, who is retiring after 33 years at the museum. In the coming months, Alex Alsemgeest will be working part-time with Geert-Jan Koot and graphic designer Irma Boom on a publication on the books of the Rijksmuseum.