Grand reopenings

Three of the galleries in Amsterdam’s Museum Square reveal their new look

Image: Image: Stedelijk Museum

In northern Europe, Amsterdam’s Museum Square – a public space shared by the Stedelijk, the Van Gogh Museum, the Concertgebouw and the Rijksmuseum – has finally been released from its prison of scaffolding. The Stedelijk (, pictured), one of Europe’s great contemporary art museums, reopens its doors this month following a four-year renovation. It has been reoriented to face onto the square. The revamped Van Gogh Museum ( relaunches in April 2013, followed by theRijksmuseum (, after a decade of refurbishment by Spanish architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz, who have reverted to the design intended by Pierre Cuypers, the original architect of this 200-year-old building. It also has a new Asian Pavilion, surrounded by water, and restyled interiors – 80 galleries offering 1.5km of exhibition space – by Parisian Jean-Michel Wilmotte.


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