Airport art

September 11 2017

Video: Rijksmuseum

When it comes to pride in Old Masters, no country does it better than the Dutch. They're happy to celebrate their Golden age artistic heritage, and don't feel embarrassed about art that is 'old'. At Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, for example, you'll regularly see adverts using Rembrandt's face, or, as above, a baggage belt wtih a Vermeer on it.

And now there's a new Rijksmuseum gallery in the airport - open 24 hours a day! Says the Rijksmuseum:

Anyone flying in or out is welcome to stop off here to enjoy the artistic glories of the Dutch Golden Age. Ten paintings from the Rijksmuseum collection will be on show, with landscapes, seascapes, portraits and floral still lifes by Dutch masters such as Jan van Goyen, Willem van de Velde the Younger, Abraham Mignon and Michiel van Mierevelt. Travellers can view the paintings at any time, day or night, free of charge.

I cannot imagine a British gallery or airport ever doing this.

More here

Update - I know the image in the screen grab is a Liotard, it's even written next to it! Watch the video and you'll see a Vermeer come around on the belt.

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