The Rijksmuseum Releases Digital Archive of 125,000 Works

As a prelude to its reopening on April 13, 2013, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, one of the world’s leading museums, launched Rijks Studio, a ground-breaking new online presentation of 125,000 works in its collection, on October 30.

Rijks Studio invites members of the public to create their own masterpieces by downloading images of artworks or details of artworks in the collection and using them in a creative way. The ultra high-resolution images of works, both famous and less well-known, can be freely downloaded, zoomed in on, shared, added to personal “studios,” or manipulated copyright-free. Users can have prints made of entire works of art or details from them. Other suggestions for the use of images include creating material to upholster furniture or wallpaper, or to decorate a car or an iPad cover for example.

To celebrate this digital milestone, the Rijksmuseum is asking leading international artists, designers and architects to become pioneers of Rijks Studio by selecting one work from the collection and using it creatively to create a new artwork. These will be released prior to the reopening of the museum. The first work to be unveiled, by Droog Design, is a tattoo inspired by a flower painting in the collection called Still Life with Flowers by Jan Davidszn. de Heem and Rachel Ruysch from the 17th century.

Taco Dibbits, director of collections, said: ”The Rijksmuseum is a museum for and of everyone, and with the launch of Rijks Studio we are excited to share the extensive collection with art lovers around the world using the latest digital technology. We created Rijks Studio based on the belief that the collection of the Rijksmuseum belongs to us all. The collection inspires, we want to unleash the artist in everyone.”

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