This is a fabulous idea. Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum has a far bigger collection than can be displayed at any one time, so surplus works go on display on a rotational basis in a small gallery space at Schiphol Airport.
This is bringing art to the people, catching them when they have time to kill. It was well attended while I was there, but far from crowded. And there are no ticket queues; it’s free.
The more famous Rembrandts and Vermeers may not be among the fifteen or so works on show, but there is enough to fill in half an hour before a boarding call.
A rowdy Jan Steen family and a Jacob van Ruysdael landscape stare across at a group of beautiful 17th century floral paintings.
It’s a much better way to spend dead airport time (of which we have far too much these days) than buying duty free grog and cosmetics. If only more airports around the world would follow the Schiphol Airport example!