VIDEO: Flash mob recreates Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch' for museum reopening
A flash mob recreated Rembrandt van Rijn's masterpiece "The Night Watch" at a local mall in Breda earlier this month to promote the upcoming reopening of the Rijksmuseum, the National Museum of the Netherlands.
A group of actors recreated the "The Night Watch" scene, which portrays a company of Amsterdam volunteer militiamen. The massive painting — 4.35 metres wide and 3.79 metres high — will hang at the end of the museum's central gallery, just as it did in the original 1885 design by architect Pierre Cuypers.
The painting's placement reflects Dutch history, a crowning achievement of the Golden Age when the Netherlands was a major naval power and Amsterdam was one of the world's most influential and wealthy cities.
In a media preview Thursday ahead of the April 13 reopening, Rijksmuseum director Wim Pijbes said the far-reaching improvements to the museum will justify the decade long, $480 million makeover.
"It's totally changed, renewed, improved, radiant — everything is new," he said.
The Rijksmuseum houses the largest collection of Dutch artwork, with many treasures from the country's 17th-century Golden Age and beyond.
From hand-painted details on every pillar, to newly laid mosaic floors and stained glass windows, to revitalizing the displays themselves, every part of the museum has been restored or rethought.
Pijbes said that almost never has a national museum undergone such a far-reaching facelift, with every single one of the 8,000 artifacts and pieces of art on display coming to rest in a different spot — with one exception: "The Night Watch" itself.