The following article appeared originally in Dutch, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the end of WW II.
It is now translated in connection with the reopening of the restored Rijksmuseum and the subsequent series published on this website:
The ‘New’ Rijks
A Personal Tour of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
For five long years, Hollands’ most important museum was empty.
THE NIGHT WATCH ODYSSEY
Just before the Second World War, the world famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam was hastily dismantled. Some two thousand paintings, thirty thousand objects and three million prints and drawings disappeared underground.