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
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