A thief in a garish feathered hat runs out of a shopping mall store with a leather bag clutched in his hand. He jumps down the stairs and tries desperately to escape as ropes descend down the mall’s atrium. Guards emerge to catch the criminal — but they’re on horseback, dressed in brimmed caps, and decked out with ruffled collars. A regiment of guards on foot marches toward the thief with halberds outstretched. After they catch the would-be escapee, a frame falls from the ceiling of the mall and brackets a view of proud policemen: This is Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch.”
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has joined the ranks of Artsy, Pinterest, Google Art Project and Artstack in creating a way for letting audiences digitally engage with art. The difference between the museum and the technology start-ups is that the Rijksmuseum actually owns the artwork it presents.
It has taken almost a decade, but on Saturday, April 13, 2013, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will reopen after a massive renovation that includes a new Asian pavilion and a renovated garden.