The newly restored Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will be opening an exhibition of Henry Moore (1898- 1986) sculptures in its beautiful new gardens tomorrow, June 22nd. The exhibition, which is free to the public, is the start of a fantastic new initiative, whereby the museum will host a different international sculpture collection each summer for the next five years.
The Henry Moore exhibition was realized with the cooperation of the Henry Moore Foundation in Perry Green in the UK. The exhibit features twelve of Moore's massive sculptures in bronze and fibre glass, many of which will be available for viewing in The Netherlands for the very first time.
A private preview of the gardens took place yesterday evening. It rained all day, which had the museum staff worried (to say the least!), but right before the opening the rain stopped. The weather gods were obviously siding with Moore and the museum!
The gardens themselves are based on the original design by architect Pierre Cuypers from 1901. The set up is very much geared to visitors who simply want to wander the gardens, enjoy the playful water fountains and enjoy the greenery right in the heart of the city. An interesting titbit is that the museum is looking to plant a number of ancient plants that featured in 17th century paintings.
So for anyone who finds themselves in Amsterdam this summer, definitely head over and check out the Rijksmuseum and its gardens. The exhibit runs until September 29th, and is open daily from 9am to 6pm.