A little sliver of the Rijksmuseum

Jasper loves wonderful old art museums — the musty, dusty kind with labyrinthine corridors you can easily lose your way in. He sees no need for all the schmancy renovations museums seem prone to these days — especially not when the gallery spaces are CLOSED FOR YEARs during refurbishment as Amsterdam’s Rijkmuseum has been the last two times we were in the city. Having missed seeing Rembrandt’s “Nightwatch” for more than 12 years, this time we threw caution to the wind and shelled out the cash to see a mere single — yet newly renovated — wing of the monstrous museum, said to contain the larger institution’s “treasures.” Most of what we met was expected – the Dutch Master Superstars like Vermeer, Hals, and Rembrandt – but we didn’t expect to see Andy Warhol’s portrait of the Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix as soon as we walked in a lower gallery.


Another surprise was this fabulous Grandfather Clock by Maarten Bas, a Dutch artist who designed this clock with a constant 12 hour film inside depicting a person changing the minute and hour hands on what appears to be a dry erase marker board every minute for 12 hours.


The Rembrandts, of course, are mesmerizing. Here is the Nightwatch, which has been cleaned and restored since we last saw it, and now we know that the scene was actually set in daylight and, interestingly enough, it is now lit with LED bulbs.


Here is one of of Rembrandt’s self portraits — he has lots, you know, depicting him as a scruffy young man with a face full of trust and honesty.



About Jasper

What Jasper Said is the blogging arm of Jasper – The Word on Columbia Arts, a new written-word oriented arts magazine that serves artists and arts lovers in the Columbia, SC area and its environs in four ways: Via Print Media – Jasper is a bi-monthly magazine, releasing in print six times per year in September, November, January, March, May & July, on the 15th of each month. Jasper covers the latest in theatre and dance, visual arts, literary arts, music, and film as well as arts events and happenings; Via Website – Jasper is an interactive website complete with a visual arts gallery, messages from Jasper, an arts events calendar that is updated several times daily, bite-sized stories on arts events, guest editorials, local music, dance & theatre videos, community surveys, and more; Via Blog – What Jasper Said -- you're reading this now -- is a daily blog featuring a rotating schedule of bloggers from the Jasper staff as well as guest bloggers from throughout the arts community; Via Twitter – Jasper Advises is a method of updating the arts community on arts events, as they happen, with more than a half dozen active tweeters who live, work, and play inside the arts community everyday ~ Jasper Advises keeps the arts community abreast of what not to miss, what is happening when it is happening, and where to be to experience it first hand.
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