Rijksmuseum opens Philips Wing on 1 November

October 31 2014 - 11:00 AM

The new exhibition wing of the Rijksmuseum on Museumplein will open on the 1st of November. In the Philips Wing, the museum will organise high-profile exhibitions with art from its own collection and art on loan from international and national collections. The first exhibition is 'Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century'. In the Philips Wing, for the first time in its history, the Rijksmuseum will have a permanent room to exhibit photography. The first exhibition there will be 'Document Nederland: The Netherlands – Belgium'. The 17th-century Chinese painted cabinet from the Orange-Nassau palace in Leeuwarden can once again be admired in the Philips Wing. Also, the Rijksmuseum will open a new restaurant. The opening of the new Philips Wing completes the second phase of the transformation of the Rijksmuseum.

Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century

(until 11 January 2015)
Rare photographs by world-famous photographers such as Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Lewis Hine, László Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray, Brassaï, W. Eugene Smith, Ed van der Elsken and William Klein will be on display as part of the Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century exhibition. This will be the first major retrospective exhibition of 20th-century photography presented by the Rijksmuseum featuring works from its own collection. With over 400 photos, the exhibition traces the major developments that photography underwent during the 20th century: the rise of photojournalism, amateur, colour, fashion and promotional photography, as well as photography as an art form. Modern Times presents a broad overview, from the purely documentary to the singularly artistic, from Eadweard Muybridge to Viviane Sassen.

The exhibition Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century and the accompanying publication Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century has been made possible by the long-term sponsorship of Baker & McKenzie.

Document Nederland 2014: The Netherlands–Belgium

Hans van der Meer creates a photographic record of the border region between the two kingdoms.
(until 11 January 2015)
For Document Nederland, Hans van der Meer photographed remarkable differences in the border region between the Netherlands and Belgium, two countries that developed along completely different trajectories since their split in 1830. This is an exhibition about Dutch planning skills, Belgian plot construction and the relationship between citizens and the government in their struggle for the organisation of living space.

Document Nederland is co-sponsored by the Mondriaan Fund.

Seventeenth-century Chinese lacquer room from Leeuwarden

One of the oldest lacquer rooms in the world returns to the Rijksmuseum. The Chinese lacquer room of the Orange-Nassau stadholder court in Leeuwarden has recently been fully restored. The room, decorated with precious lacquer panels from China, was installed in the Frisian palace in 1695 by Princess Albertine Agnes van Nassau, daughter of Frederik Hendrik and Amalia van Solms. The lacquered room will once again be furnished with furniture and Oriental objects from the Golden Age, to give an impression of court life at that time. In the seventeenth century, the arrival of exotic objects from the Far East initiated a revolution in Dutch interior design. These were brought back by the Dutch ships that sailed the world's seas. They brought Chinese and Japanese lacquer work, porcelain, ivory and furniture made out of precious wood such as coromandel and ebony.

The princess received her family and friends in the lacquer room to do something that was extremely fashionable among the elite at that time: drink tea. For this reason, in the room next to the Chinese lacquer room, the Rijksmuseum will feature the rising tea culture of the 17th and 18th centuries, displaying dozens of European and Asian teapots and tea caddies, made of silver, porcelain and pottery, from the 17th century until the Art Deco period.

The restoration of the lacquer room was sponsored by the Irma Theodora Fund/Rijksmuseum Fund.

Restaurant and Café

With the opening of the Philips Wing, the Rijksmuseum also opens a café and a restaurant. The café will serve coffee, pastries and bites. In the new restaurant executive chef Joris Bijdendijk (former chef of Bridges, the restaurant of The Grand Hotel in Amsterdam) will be in charge.

It will be open daily from 11:30 am till 11 pm for lunch and dinner. Reservations can be made from 18 October via rijksrestaurant.nl.

Shylight by Studio Drift

A moving light installation designed by Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta from Studio Drift, inspired by a poetic combination of nature and technology, Shylight is hidden in a “cocoon”. The light falls from its cocoon, opens its flower and floats down. At the slightest “danger”, Shylight will close up and retreat into its shell. This light installation, which will be hung in the richly decorated 18th-century “Rotterdamse trap” [Rotterdam staircase], opens its blossom through a system of refined technology. The cups are made of many layers of pure organic silk. Ingenious robotics make the Shylight move up and down constantly. The luminosity of the LED lighting and the speed of the movements can be fully programmed through the use of a mobile phone or iPad.

Philips Wing

The current Philips Wing* is the name for a number of expansions to the main building (1885), which were constructed at the end of the 19th century/beginning of the 20th century by Pierre Cuypers and his son Jos, who was also an architect. The part that was called the “Fragment Building” is the most special. At the end of the 19th century, many historical buildings were renovated or demolished in the Netherlands. The Rijksmuseum wanted to preserve a number of construction fragments for Dutch architectural history, so these fragments were brought to Amsterdam from all over the country. This is a unique phenomenon: a museum where the collection pieces formed the museum building itself. The Ochkingastins staircase tower in Franeker, the arches from the stairwell of the Constantijn Huygens house in The Hague and the wall from the stables of the Castle of Breda; all of these constructions have been integrated into the current Philips Wing.

From the 1st of November, the façade from the castle of Count Hendrik III of Nassau in Breda can once again be admired in the Philips Wing. The wall (2nd quarter of the 16th century) was part of the castle's stable complex, one of the earliest buildings in the Italian Renaissance style in the Netherlands. It is 20 m long, 3.5 m wide and richly decorated with sandstone elements, windows and doors. The façade is part of the new entrance area of the Philips Wing that was designed by Cruz and Ortiz, who are also architects behind the remodelling of the main building.

The façade has been very carefully cleaned and restored with the support of American Express.

  • The Philips Wing is named after the Founder of the New Rijksmuseum; Philips.

The press preview of the Philips Wing will be on 24 October, at noon.

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View of Gasthuismolensteeg, Amsterdam, George Hendrik Breitner (1857–1923), Gelatin silver print, 1890–1900, Collection Rijksmuseum
Marilyn Monroe during the Shooting of the Movie ‘The Misfits’, Eve Arnold (1912–2012), Gelatin silver print, 1960, Collection Rijksmuseum, purchased with the support of the BankGiro Loterij, the Paul Huf Fonds/Rijksmuseum Fonds and the Johan Huizinga Fonds/Rijksmuseum Fonds.
Squatting Girl/Spider Girl, Helen Levitt (1913–2009), Chromogenic print, New York, 1980, Collection Rijksmuseum, purchased with the support of Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V.
View from the Pont Transbordeur, László Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946), Gelatin silver print Marseille, 1929, Collection Rijksmuseum, purchased with the support of Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V. and the Vereniging Rembrandt, with additional funding from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.
Class, Olympic High Diving Champion Marjorie Gestring, John Gutmann (1905–1998), Gelatin silver print San Francisco, 1936, Collection Rijksmuseum, with the support of Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V.
Grandview Motel, Raton, New Mexico, Steve Fitch (1949), Chromogenic print 1981, Collection Rijksmuseum, purchased with the support of Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V.
Portrait of Peggy Guggenheim, Man Ray (1890–1976), Gelatin silver print, 279 x 179 mm Paris, 1924, Collection Rijksmuseum
Breda wall, Philips Wing

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