The role of national museums in a time of nationalism

A conversation with Martine Gosselink, head of the history department at the Rijksmuseum

Credit: John Lewis Marshall for the Rijksmuseum

Birth of a national museum

The Rijksmuseum in 1878 (Het Nieuwe Instituut)

National museums in a time of nationalism

Gallery of Honour at the Rijksmuseum (Erik Smits for the Rijksmuseum)

Slavery, an exhibition

Diorama (three-dimensional tableau) of a slave dance by the Surinamese-Dutch artist Gerrit Schouten, 1830 (Rijksmuseum)

Not relying on words or letters [Zen saying]

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