Tinkering with the Rijksmuseum’s collection

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The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is going to place its entire collection of works of art online on October 30. But designers who took part in the recent Picnic Festival were able to get a foretaste of the digitalised collection this week. 
Using tools on the Rijks Studio site, they could download digitalised objects in high resolution and print them, for instance, on a canvas or a keychain. The site also provides tips for less obvious creations, such as a telephone case. The entire Rijksmuseum’s collection will be available, free of charge, as long as it is not used for commercial purposes. So if people want, they’ll be able to print their own copy of the Night Watch and hang it over their bed.
The Rijksmuseum is currently undergoing a 10-year renovation and is due to re-open in April of next year. The museum only exhibits 8000 of the 125,000 objects in its collection. But every single one will be available online. According to the museum’s marketing manager Marijke Smallegange, “it’s time to move the Museum’s art from behind walls in Amsterdam out into the world”.