The New Rijksmuseum, dvd box
4DVDs Dutch subtitles. Running time: 217 minutes; PAL, format 16:9
In 2003 an optimistic start was made on the renovation of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The Netherlands’ major tourist attraction would re-open its doors in fresh splendor in 2008. But alas, right from the start the grand project was opposed by unyielding counter-forces and Rembrandt’s palace changed into an apparently permanent building site. To make her unique and prize-winning documentary series, Oeke Hoogendijk filmed behind the closed doors of the museum for ten years. What was meant to be a standard-length documentary grew into a four-part epic about ambition, love of art and typically Dutch decision-taking processes, and finally the historic and emotional “homecoming” of the masterpieces in the spring of 2013.