“Continue with Cuypers “
This is the intelligent “motto” and intervention principle wisely chosen to restore the Rijksmuseum to its full glory.
Pierre Cuypers was the Dutch Viollet-le-Duc … or better told, he was a mix of Viollet-le-Duc, Pugin, Ruskin and George Gilbert Scott, and he represented all the concerns of The Gothic Revival with “Arts and Crafts” and the importance of Revivalism to National and Religious Identity .
The original Interiors of The XIX Century Rijksmuseum were brought back in its glorious poly-chromatic symphony of Nostalgic Medieval Romantic Eclecticism, typical of the “Victorian” late XIX Century.
The pedagogical aspect is deeply enriched and perfectly effective through the chronological reunion of all the aspects of Cultural History / Decorative Arts / Political History / Painting / Sculpture.
Somehow, ironically, in this age of affirmative Architectural “Stars”, by rupture and sensationalism in Museum Architecture, this Intervention represents the Triumph of The XIX Century over Modernism.
A remarkable “Dialectical Inversion” of History ?
A “sign” of times in this Europe deeply concerned about its Future and in search of Identity?
Members of the Press discover with amazement the New Restored Rijksmuseum