Priceless historical Dutch artefacts get new lease of life

Priceless historical Dutch artefacts get new lease of life

Prized paintings, an ornate throne and a barrel organ that survived the great 1953 flood are some of the thousands of artefacts plucked from obscurity to be showcased in a new Dutch ‘physical memory’ centre. Dutch culture minister Ingrid van Engelshoven will on Monday unveil the new Netherlands Collection Centre (CC NL), a state-of-the-art, tailor-made building housing a myriad of objects which previously gathered dust in storages at four of the country’s most influential museums and institutions. While not a museum, the combined collection will be available on appointment for people expressing a specific interest or for research purposes. The CC NL “brings to light thrilling collections that were previously hidden from view,” said Taco Dibbits, director of Amsterdam’s famous Rijksmuseum where some of the artefacts were previously stored. “Combining the collections means that royal carriages now stand alongside farm carts. This gives rise to a more
Prized paintings, an ornate throne and a barrel organ that survived the great 1953 flood are some of the thousands of artefacts plucked from obscurity to be showcased in a new Dutch ‘physical memory’ centre. Dutch culture minister Ingrid van Engelshoven will on Monday unveil the new Netherlands Collection Centre (CC NL), a state-of-the-art, tailor-made building housing a myriad of objects which previously gathered dust in storages at four of the country’s most influential museums and institutions. While not a museum, the combined collection will be available on appointment for people expressing a specific interest or for research purposes. The CC NL “brings to light thrilling collections that were previously hidden from view,” said Taco Dibbits, director of Amsterdam’s famous Rijksmuseum where some of the artefacts were previously stored. “Combining the collections means that royal carriages now stand alongside farm carts. This gives rise to a more