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47,000 handpainted stars

Art, Graphic Design

Posted by Creative Review, 13 March 2013, 16:36    Permalink    Comments (4)

Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Wright has created a new work for Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum consisting of two ceiling paintings of over 47,000 black stars

Wright painted the whole thing by hand and was apparently inspired by inspired by the original 19th century decorative wall and ceiling paintings in the museum designed by its original architect, Pierre Cuypers.

There is also a reference to their specific location - the paintings are situated outside the museum's Night Watch gallery, home to Rembrandt's painting of the same name.

The work is the latest in a series of commissions in and around the museum which tie in with its restoration. The revamped museum opens to the public on April 13.

Check out our post on Irma Boom's new identity scheme for the Rijksmuseum here

All images copyright Vincent Mentzel

 


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4 Comments

Lovely work. How big is it?
Dipika
2013-03-13 16:51:59


I admire his strength and sanity.
kv
2013-03-14 14:21:00


this looks such a superhuman achievement!! what an amazing feat of patience and stamina.
carol oladipo
2013-03-15 00:22:06


nice!
richard roehl
2013-04-09 22:17:34


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