New Rijksmuseum

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Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is opening up, and upgrading – in both physical and digital ways. The museum’s 10+ years of renovations and rebuilding its home will be complete and re-open on April 13. Changes include expansion and updating of all galleries, as well as an addition of an Asian Pavilion, all masterfully executed by Spanish architects Cruz y Ortiz. Even more remarkable, the museum recently unveiled “Rijksstudio,” an amazing open-source program that allows anyone access to it’s collections, to use and manipulate in any way they like (for personal use). The program is unprecedented in its open-ness, encouraging users to create tattoos, vinyl stickers, t-shirts, etc – even going so far as to offer a guided process to access and use images, providing resources for on-demand printing.

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