New collection

Did you know that travellers flying in and out of Schiphol can admire famous Dutch paintings at the airport? The Netherlands’ most renowned museum, The Rijksmuseum, has a gallery space in the terminal. It’s a great way to discover Dutch art if you don’t have time to visit the museum in Amsterdam. As of 4 November 2022, you can enjoy a new selection of paintings at Rijksmuseum Schiphol. The title of this collection is ‘Longing for Nature’ and these works reflect the changing relationship between humans and the natural world over the 19th century.

Changing relationship with nature

People have always longed to be close to nature and exploring it is one of the reasons we love to travel. The great outdoors has always been a major source of inspiration for artists too. In the 1800s, man’s relationship to nature changed significantly due to rapid industrialisation and an increasing urban population. And this is reflected in the art of the time. The curator of this collection, Lucien Midavaine, wanted to demonstrate the noticeable shift in the way the natural world was depicted over the course of the 19th century. Through these works, we can see how romantic depictions of dramatic landscapes and wide skies in the earlier part of the century give way to more impressionistic and realistic scenes of the countryside and to paintings of gardens – clearly showing the growing impact of man on the natural world.

Art, history and culture

Rijksmuseum Schiphol is not only a great place to admire art, but also to learn more about Dutch history and culture. All of the painters presented in the collection are Dutch and many paintings are of typical scenes in the Netherlands. For example, The Windmill by Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch shows a farmer and his cows in front of a windmill, and Winter in the Scheveningse Bosjes by Anton Mauve depicts a man collecting fire wood in the snow. One painting, with its mountains and palm trees, appears to stick out though. However, Landscape in the Dutch East Indies by Maurits van den Kerkhoff is very much an integral part of the collection – the Dutch East Indies, consisting of what is now Indonesia, was part of the Dutch colonial empire throughout much of the 19th century. Next to each painting is a brief explanation so you can find out more about the artists and their works.

Discover Rijksmuseum Schiphol

With eleven new paintings on display, there’s a lot more to discover. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, curious about Dutch history and culture or just looking for an interesting way to pass the time before your flight, you’re very welcome to visit Rijksmuseum Schiphol. Entrance is free of charge and it’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You can find the museum after security along Holland Boulevard, between Lounge 2 and Lounge 3.

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