Th restauration of Kasteel De Haar in Haarzuilens & Further with Cuypers: the restauration of the Rijksmuseum

6 January 2008

Two lectures by speakers Cor Bouwstra & Anne van Grevenstein on the restauration of Kasteel De Haar in Haarzuilens and the restauration of the Rijksmuseum.

The restoration of De Haar Castle in Haarzuilens.

At De Haar, Cuypers wanted to create an ideal situation: an improved reality. It also became an entirely new Gesamtkunstwerk and with an amazing number of sketches also his best documented project. De Haar Castle is representative for his views on restoration in which new building was a justified means. Presentation drawings, decoration schemes, photos, furniture, diaries, templates and work lists from the Castle form proof of this ans are central to the exhibition at NAiM/Bureau Europa. 

In 20 years, architect studio Verlaan & Bouwstra have grown to become specialists and are the authority in the field of restorations, reconstructions and preventive maintenance of monuments. Ask restoration architect Bouwstra about his views on restoration and he answers: "With one view you reject another. We choose for an attitude of understanding and interpreting. We speak about new ideas with respect for the past and in doing so we recognize the possibility of several options." 

Further with Cuypers: the restoration of the Rijksmuseum

"It's about making the Rijksmuseum as it was in Cuypers' time with as much information as possible about color and motives." (Newsletter Het Nieuwe Rijksmuseum, 2006). Under the supervision of Anne van Grevenstein, the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL) executed the restoration and reconstruction of Cuypers' decoration scheme at the Rijksmuseum. But what is necessary for such a reconstruction and renovation? Where do you begin? How do you approach it? Anne van Grevenstein gave a look behind the scenes. 

Anne van Grevenstein-Kruse is a restaurateur specialized in polychromy and paintings. From 1983 - 1987 she was the chief restaurateur of the Frans Hals Museum and since 1987 she has been director of the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg.