Rijksmuseum looks to ban photos

When in Amsterdam the Rijksmuseum has started a new campaign. The campaign #startdrawing is encouraging people to take the time to draw what they see when visiting the museum. This is a great thing to do when you are in Amsterdam.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam things to do
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Today museums are filled with people taking photos with their smartphone and exchanging their experiences on social media. The museum experience seems to have become superficial and fleeting battling the endless connectivity and distractions of social media.

As Wim Pijber, general director of the Rijksmuseum explains, 'In our busy lives we don't always realize how beautiful something can be. We forget how to look really closely. drawing helps because you see more when you draw. People who wan to draw are always welcome in the Rijksmusem.'

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam things to do
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The museum is encouraging people to take the time to draw what they see. Sketching slows the visitor to take the time to perceive the detail of the art and thereby appreciate the art's beauty.


Rijksmuseum Amsterdam things to do
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You don't need to know how to draw because you are seeing things you wish to sketch. You perceive the art differently in this process, Proportions are noticed and you see closer the secret and the skill of the artist. Young children when entering the museum are given and pencil and sketchbook .

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam things to do
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The Rijksmuseum has not banned photos by visitors but this project presents an simple activity to encourage engagement and appreciated of art in this fast and interconnected world.

When in Amsterdam...enjoy!

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