Move Over Zombies, the Night Watch has Arrived

Rembrandt Night Watch

This is possibly the best “Flash Mob” ever. To commemorate the reopening of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum on April 13, a large portion of which was closed for a decade’s long renovation, performers staged an elaborate re-creation of Rembrandt’s most famous work The Night Watch before an unsuspecting audience.

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15 Comments on “Move Over Zombies, the Night Watch has Arrived”

  1. danscaper April 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Fantastically wonderful. That makes my traveling art-nerd heart happy.

    A Great find!


  2. wordsmithmagic April 4, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    Fantastic! What a great PR venue…thanks for sharing.


  3. Rosemarie April 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm #



  4. Georgina April 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Oh, that’s good. Really good. Thanks for sharing.


  5. Karli Massey April 4, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    That made my heart smile. I love it! Thank you for sharing.


  6. Ken Deacon April 4, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    A very witty clip. Well done for posting it.


  7. CulturalRites April 4, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    MIsguided, unfortunately. Schiller is German, Beethoven anachronistic. Neither has anything to do with the Rijksmuseum.


    • Brian April 4, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

      Yeah, silly Rijksmuseum promoting themselves in such a way to reach a quarter million people and counting. Misguided. Truly.


  8. BagspackedI'moff April 5, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    This was a great flash mob. Fantastic idea to use The Night Watch to promote the re-opening as it is so symbolic of the museum. The re-opening will be a massive event here. The last day it was open (10 long years ago) the queue went on for miles. I am expecting the same on 13th April! What I have seen so far the renovation looks stunning. Certainly looking forward to my first vist to the new and improved Rijksmuseum.


    • Brian April 5, 2013 at 11:39 am #

      We had the good fortune of visiting it before it closed. I can’t believe it’s been shut for ten years. That’s just crazy. I’m so glad it’s reopening and can’t wait to get back.


      • BagspackedI'moff April 6, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

        We can’t believe it has taken that long either! Unforseen problems, crazy tender process and dont forget the numerous discussions over the cycle path (only in Holland!)…. all adds up to something like a 6 or 7 year delay. Glad to hear you will be revisiting:-)


  9. badwalker April 5, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Like this juxtaposed to mummies in Albany…


    • Brian April 5, 2013 at 11:34 am #

      Certainly something we didn’t expect to see.


  10. backthewaywecame April 5, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    What a thrilling way to open this museum. Loved every minute of it.


  11. joyceahood April 6, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    Reblogged this on 115 journals and commented:
    Thanks Kathi for sharing this. I am reblogging it and intend to view it many times.


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