THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM Parts 1 and 2
- PART ONE: 1:00 & 6:30
PART TWO: 3:15 & 8:45
NOTE: We recommend seeing parts one and two of THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM in sequential order.
DIRECTED BY OEKE HOOGENDIJK
PLEASE NOTE: We recommend viewing Parts 1 and 2 sequentially. Online tickets available for Part 1 only. Upon arrival for redemption of online ticket purchase, customers can choose to see Part 2 the same day or accept a free voucher to see Part 2 at a later screening at their convenience.
If you’ve visited Amsterdam, you’ve probably been to the Rijksmuseum, one of the world’s preeminent art museums — home to masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer — itself a vast, magnificent structure, built in 1895 by architect Pierre Cuypers. The renovation of the museum (it reopened this past April) went on for 10 long, expensive years, so it is fitting that a documentary on this torturous (and often, inadvertently hilarious) process should turn into not one but two feature-length movies: Spanish architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz have designed an ingenious new entryway, but the Dutch Cyclists Union won’t tolerate reduced access for the 13,000 bicyclists who ride through the passageway daily. The museum’s magisterial director, Ronald de Leeuw, and his successor, the younger, scrappier Wim Pijbes, battle with curators, politicians, designers, city bureaucrats, and the public as the price of construction soars to $500 million. It’s a messy, complicated story that New Yorkers will relate to, but fortunately, one with a glorious ending.
THE NETHERLANDS • 2008/2013 • 118/110 MINS.
IN ENGLISH AND DUTCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES • FILMS TRANSIT
“Fascinating! The documentary is a monumental undertaking itself. What makes it surprisingly compelling…is how…it delves into what happens behind the scaffolding. Should be required viewing for aspiring architects and designers.”
– Kristin Hohenadel, Slate
“Director Hoogendijk tracks the project through pitched disputes, captivating artworks and vivid characters in this surprisingly gripping two-part, four-hour documentary. The personalities involved are what make (the film) so engrossing… They’re given the time and attention to become full-fledged characters with dynamic subplots… Hoogendijk has created something that feels nothing like a conventional documentary. With startlingly clear storytelling she constructs a narrative of maddening bureaucratic conflict and administrative indecision set off by the hopes and dreams of the Rijksmuseum’s staff and designers.”
– Benjamin Sutton, The L Magazine