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The New Rijksmuseum (Parts 1 and 2)

The New Rijksmuseum (Parts 1 and 2) (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
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If you've visited Amsterdam, you've probably been to the Rijksmuseum, one of the world's preeminent art museums - home to masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer - itself a vast, magnificent structure, built in 1895 by architect Pierre Cuypers. The renovation of the museum (it reopened this past April) went on for 10 long, expensive years, so it is fitting that a documentary on this torturous (and often, inadvertently hilarious) process should turn into not one but two feature-length movies:

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Suspense is modest as world-famous artworks are finally installed.

July 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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No one survives unscathed, but the most pitiable figures here are the world-class architects who designed the elegant new structures and displays, then watched helplessly as their bold work was watered down.

July 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The film is enthralling, despite a few too many shots of mud puddles on the construction site and slow pans over the roof.

December 20, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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If it does not exactly write a fresh chapter in the history of art, it stands as an exemplary study in the sociology of art administration.

December 17, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The artworks appear in quick glimpses, mainly in storage, with many on the way toward their own restoration.

December 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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How do you properly "restore" a site dedicated to preserving and displaying centuries of culture and history? [The film] details this impossible task, and it's thrilling.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
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Unsurprisingly, tedious boardroom meetings are as tedious to watch as to participate in.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

It most potently strikes the tone of an elegy, pensively observing that beneath the bickering in museum boardrooms lies a massive treasure trove of art history that's being kept from the public's eye.

December 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

"The New Rijksmuseum" proves that films can describe nuances of character and situation as finely as the finest novel or creative non-fiction.

December 18, 2013 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
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An exhaustingly long but ultimately worthwhile doc with a great, deserving subject at its center: one of the world's great museums, undergoing an overhaul.

December 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

While the movie isn't a consistently riveting four hours, Hoogendijk does keep finding images and moments that demystify the museum business while making the art seem all the more magical.

December 17, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
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