Feb 24, 2014 11:57 AM
Mar 07, 2014 05:15 PM
Bloomsbury Room, G35, Senate House, WC1E 7HU
part of the Low
Countries Seminar Series, Martine Gosselink, head of the history department at the newly-designed Rijksmuseum, will talk about the decision-making process
that took place in order to combine the museum's art and historical collections.
Rijksmuseum collections are quite diverse. Of course we have Rembrandt’s Nightwatch
and its brothers and sisters, superb Dutch 17th century paintings.
Then there are thousands of objects belonging to the furniture, glass,
ceramics, drawings, costume and silver collections and so on. But did you know
about marine models, canons and guns, doll houses, historical relics, keys and
locks, and magic lanterns? During the 20th century, politicians and
museum directors discussed dividing this mixture of art and historical objects
into two separate museums: an art museum and a historical museum. The present
museum is the opposite of this idea: it displays the mixture of objects in a
chronological order, from the 11th century to the 20th.
Martine Gosselink will explain why the Rijksmuseum chose to do so and what kind
of challenges they encountered along the way.
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