13 February 2013
It will provide the public with direct access to the exhibition wing that generally houses temporary exhibitions.
‘The Van Gogh Museum has long cherished the vision of creating a new entrance building on its Museumplein side. The preparations for the new entrance are now in full swing. We have provisional architectural plans, on the basis of which we are busy arranging the necessary funds. With the enormously generous contribution we are receiving from the BankGiro Loterij, we are well on the way to making the new entrance a reality, so we feel this is the right time to share the design with the city and the rest of the Netherlands’, says Axel Rüger, Director of the Van Gogh Museum.
Open and transparent design
The new entrance building has a great many advantages. The design submitted by Kisho Kurokawa Architect and Associates, the firm of architects of the late Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa − who also designed the exhibition wing that opened in 1999 − is open and transparent. The new entrance will create a better connection between the Kurokawa exhibition wing and the Rietveld building and improve the flow of visitors.
What is more, the entrance will harmonise with the new developments taking place at the two other museums on Museumplein, the recently re-opened Stedelijk Museum and the Rijksmuseum, which will be re-opening in the near future, both of which have their entrances on the Museumplein side.
Financing the new entrance
Director Axel Rüger explains: ‘The Van Gogh Museum itself bears responsibility for financing the new entrance building. Besides the €4.5 million contribution pledged by the BankGiro Loterij, we have received financial pledges from a variety of other parties, including €700,000 from the City of Amsterdam District of Zuid (South). This means that we have now raised about half of the €15 million required for the project. This sum will enable us to decide in the spring when the construction work can start. To secure the remaining funds, we shall continue our fundraising activities, which have been so successful thus far, by seeking financial contributions from funds, private individuals and corporate enterprises in the Netherlands and elsewhere.’
The work on the new Museumplein entrance will be contracted out, when the time comes, by the Government Buildings Agency, and can take place alongside Van Gogh at Work in the Rietveld building, the exhibition with which the Van Gogh Museum will be reopening at Museumplein on 1 May 2013, after seven months of renovation.