On July 30 the film ‘The New Rijksmuseum’ will be screened at the National Gallery of Art, which is supported by EYE. The gallery screened it for the first time in 2014, when it was received with critical acclaim, by A-list newspapers, including the New York Times. After the screening on July 30, there will be an interview with the director of the movie Oeke Hoogendijk.
1:00 – 5:15 PM EST: Screening of the film
5:15 PM EST: Skype interview with Oeke Hoogendijk
About The New Rijksmuseum Film
A documentary about the fascinating and complicated process of the rebuilding of Holland’s most famous museum, The Rijksmuseum. The film shows the people behind the scenes during the years of demolition, restoration, and political and financial debate. We witness their efforts, joys and struggles with one goal in common: the love of art.
About Oeke Hoogendijk
Filmmaker Oeke Hoogendijk (b. 1961) studied at the Utrecht School of the Arts, where she graduated as theater director in 1990. In 1996 she successfully completed a documentary film-making course at the Media Academy. In 1998 she directed the documentary Een gelukkige tijd (The Saved). While the deportation trains were going back and forth to the concentration camps, seven hundred ”deserving” Jews were given protection through the agency of a civil servant. They made the crucial “Barneveld List”, exempting them from deportation “until further notice”. This film won the Dutch Academy Award (1998) and the Euro-Comenius Award in Vienna (1999). In 2002 she directed The Holocaust Experience. More than sixty years on, the remnants of the crimes committed at Auschwitz-Birkenau are decaying ever more, while in Holocaust Memorial Museums in the USA the memories are developing into a veritable Holocaust industry. The film examines the struggle to keep the memory of the Shoah alive. It premièred at the Amsterdam IDFA festival and was subsequently seen at many festivals in Europe and the USA.
About the National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art was conceived and given to the people of the United States by Andrew W. Mellon (1855–1937). Mellon was a financier and art collector from Pittsburgh who came to Washington in 1921 to serve as secretary of the treasury. During his years of public service he came to believe that the United States should have a national art museum equal to those of other great nations.
In 1936 Mellon wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt offering to donate his superb art collection for a new museum and to use his own funds to construct a building for its use. With the president’s support, Congress accepted Mellon’s gift, which included a sizable endowment, and established the National Gallery of Art in March 1937. Construction began that year at a site on the National Mall along Constitution Avenue between Fourth and Seventh Street NW, near the foot of Capitol Hill.
This national museum for film, located on Amsterdam’s IJ harbour, manages more than 40.000 films from all genres. The collection represents an outstanding sample of film history, from classics and blockbusters to cult films. But EYE does not only focus on the past: it also closely follows the latest developments in film by organizing new acquisitions, programmes, and debates. EYE is internationally acclaimed for its knowledge of and expertise in the field of film restoration, research, and education. The organization has 165 employees who do their very best to make everything you would want to know about film easily accessible. For young and old, for film enthusiasts and professionals, and from constantly changing perspectives, EYE focuses on film as an art form, as entertainment, and as part of digital visual culture. EYE was founded in 2010 as a result of the merger between four organizations: the Filmmuseum, Holland Film, the Filmbank, and the Netherlands Institute for Film Education.