The Philips Wing of the Rijksmuseum Reopens

The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam has reopened a third of the museum. From Saturday 3 May 2003 The Philips Wing of the Rijksmuseum and hence the exhibition ’Hendrick Goltzius; Drawings, Prints, and Paintings’ will be open to the public again. The Rijksmuseum management took this decision this afternoon in consultation with the factory inspectorate. The main building of the Rijksmuseum is closed temporarily to public and staff from 29 April 2003 as a precautionary measure. The reason was that asbestos had been found in parts of the museum. The Philips Wing will remain open from 3 May to 25 May 2003. Besides the exhibition ’Hendrick Goltzius; Drawings, Prints, and Paintings’, this wing also has the nbsp; presentation ’Portraits in pastel’ on Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702-1789), the collection of Asian art and the presentation of foreign art at the Rijksmuseum. From 25 May the Philips Wing will be closed according to plan for a longer period so that at the end of December 2003 it will be ready for the finest pieces from the Rijksmuseum, including the Night Watch, the paintings by Vermeer and Delftware, which will be shown here during the renovation and restoration of the main building.
For the time being the Philips Wing is the only public area that will be open this week. Further investigation will determine when it will be possible to open more rooms in the Rijksmuseum to the public.

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