Friday, May 10, 2019
I haven't posted in a week because I have been busy! After a two-week sea voyage from Florida to Amsterdam, and a couple of days doing museums there, and a marathon trip home yesterday, we're home. I will have lots to share, but here's a quick one. As you walk through the Amsterdam Airport (and you'd better bring your hiking boots, because it's about a half-hour stroll from where we checked in to where we got on the plane) what do you see but a sign that says "Rijksmuseum." And it's not a billboard advertising the museum, but an actual tiny museum set up in the middle of a concourse.
Inside, two large rooms with pictures.
I thought this was a fine idea. Surely the Rijksmuseum must have thousands of artworks good enough to be in its collection but not good enough, by comparison, to make it onto the main gallery walls. Surely it's better to have them on view than in crates in the basement. And how many frazzled travelers will benefit from a few minutes of peace and beauty before they hit the road again.