We are all in the gallery, but some of us are looking at the stars

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is reopening fully next month after a ten-year redevelopment programme, and to mark the occasion British artist Richard Wright has created two huge ceiling paintings, featuring more than 47 000 black stars.


The Turner Prize-winner was commissioned to create the permanent works in two antechambers, leading from the Night Watch gallery, home of Rembrandt’s celebrated painting.

Inspired by the decorative and ceiling paintings created by Rijksmuseum architect Pierre Cuypers, Wright painted 47 000 stars directly on to the ceiling, to create a series of complex patterns.


The work is part of a series of installations curated by the Rijksmuseum over the past ten years, which includes pieces by Fiona Tan, Simon Starling and Bik van der Pol.

The Rijksmuseum is set to reopen on 13 April, and was recently rebranded by Irma Boom.

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