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


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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: Spanish architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz have designed an ingenious new entryway, but the Dutch Cyclists Union won't tolerate reduced access for the 13,000 bicyclists who ride through the passageway daily. The museum's magisterial director, Ronald de Leeuw, and his successor, the younger, scrappier Wim Pijbes, battle with curators, politicians, designers, city bureaucrats, and the public as the price of construction soars to $500 million. It's a messy, complicated story that New Yorkers will relate to, but fortunately, one with a glorious ending. (c) Film Forum

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Hoogendijk breathes life into this compelling reality drama.

Jul 30, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

If nothing else, patience has rewarded Hoogendijk and moviegoers with an inside look at an art administration without common sense.

Jul 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Unexpectedly, it works.

Jul 2, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Jul 7, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 6, 2014 | Full Review…

The film is enthralling, despite a few too many shots of mud puddles on the construction site and slow pans over the roof.

Dec 20, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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