Zed noted that Rijksmuseum already had hundreds of Hindu artifacts in its collection; like sculptures, paintings and photographs of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Krishna, Rama, Ganesha, Lakshmi, Durga, Hanuman, Indra, Yama, churning-of-the-ocean, Radha, Narasimha, Ardhnarishvar, Parvati, Sita, Varaha, Vishnu incarnations, Garuda, Nataraja, Nandishvara, Pancha-vaktra, Rukmini, Venugopal, Baldev, Yashoda, Indrani, Ganges, Benares, Nandi, Hindu temple, Hindu cremation ritual, etc.; as old as 11th century CE.
At the heart of the Rijksmuseum after ten years of its rebuilding, renovation and restoration will be the magnificently restored Gallery of Honour, presenting world-famous masterpieces of Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Jan Steen and Vermeer. Only Rembrandt’s masterpiece “The Night Watch” will be returning to its original position. Prof. J.G. de Hoop Scheffer is Chair of Supervisory Board and Wim (W.M.J.) Pijbes is General Director of Rijksmuseum established in 1800, whose vision includes linking “individuals with art and history”.
Abdicating Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands will officially reopen Rijksmuseum, one of world's most important museums which reportedly has over a million objects, including a Van Gogh self-portrait. Over two million annual visitors are predicted.
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