img. Rijksmuseum interior, Public Domain via Europeana.
From the curatorial effort of the EU project 1950s in Europe Kaleidoscope, every week on Friday there’s a new set of carefully selected photographs to be explored on the project’s website.
Today we present “Revisiting the past: the Rijksmuseum in the 1950s”.
Visiting a museum is like traveling back in time. But browsing photographs of a museum as it was about 7 decades ago, is taking it to another level. These photographs were all taken in the 1950s in the ‘Druckeruitbouw’: a building belonging to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. It was constructed back in 1909 following a design of Pierre Cuypers, and was intended to house the 19th-century art collection of the Drucker-Fraser family. The couple passed away in 1944, after which their paintings, drawings, tapestries, furniture, ceramics, silver, lace and Chinese vases were bequeathed to the museum. Take a stroll through the silent hallways and impeccable rooms and marvel at these treasures as they were displayed throughout the fifties.