Screening: The New Rijksmuseum


From 1 September 2016




Garage Rooftop


In the end, 400 hours of material was edited down to a single film that takes the viewer to the apotheosis: the reopening in 2013.

In 2003, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum—one of the most important museums in the Netherlands—closed for a major renovation. The plan was to reopen in 2008, but what was to take five years took ten, with a budget that just kept on growing.

Filmmaker Oeke Hoogendijk was able to follow this exciting, difficult, and sometimes painfully funny process with the camera from behind closed museum doors. She captured the building as it was stripped to its bare bones, and as it gradually got back its old grandeur. We watch from up close as various curators prepare the layout of their new rooms with tremendous passion and dedication. We follow the caretaker, who looks at the building as if it were his child and protects it against intruders, and the architects who constantly have to adjust their designs. And we follow the museum directors Ronald de Leeuw and Wim Pijbes, who must deal with financial setbacks, bureaucracy, and squabbles—not to mention activist cyclists. 

The New Rijksmuseum

Director: Oeke Hoogendijk

90 min

Netherlands, 2014


Admission – 400 rubles
Admission for visitors with disabilities – 200 rubles.*
Admission for one carer accompanying a disabled visitor – 200 rubles.*
Dear Garage Museum film screenings visitors, we would like to inform you that the screening of The New Rijksmuseum today is cancelled, due to poor weather conditions. The screening is postponed to September, 1. Tickets for the screening on August, 23 are valid for the screening on September, 1 or any other screening on the Garage Museum rooftop.

50% discount for GARAGE cardholders
Priority booking for GARAGE cardholders by phone +7 (499) 345-10-00 or email
Bookings must be paid for at least 30 minutes before the screening.

* with relevant documentation