Marcel Wanders launches Unlimited Version of 'Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age' in Amsterdam


3 September 2016

Dutch Designer Marcel Wanders launched the unlimited version of his collectible art publication 'Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age'. Produced for a wider audience, this 576-page hardback version pays homage to the 17th-century Dutch masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum’s prestigious Gallery of Honour and is available for 125 EUR.

Three years in the making, the project was born of Marcel Wanders’ profound appreciation for this outstanding cultural heritage and its timeless significance. “This book is about how the greatest masterpieces influence how we see the world today," says Marcel Wanders.

A visit to an historic museum offers visitors insight into the social, cultural political and aesthetic values of times gone by. Yet, and regardless of their age, truly great works of art continue to educate, resonate and thrill for centuries to come.

Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age is a groundbreaking art publication combining the finest materials, the most innovative techniques and the testimonies of thought leaders and craft masters from around the world.

The book brings us eye to eye with over 60 iconic paintings such as Rembrandt’s Night Watch and Vermeer’s Milkmaid. Each piece is experienced up close with the most surprising detail, as the finest printing techniques and thoughtful perspectives transport these paintings from a different age and vividly bring them to life. Leading contemporary critical thinkers from the worlds of philosophy, art, film, food, trend, business and design explain how their perception of the world has been influenced by these paintings with each of the 30 renowned experts focusing on an individual artwork. Featuring writings of Ferran Adrià, David Allen, Alain de Botton, Anton Corbijn, Angela Missoni, Jimmy Nelson, Erwin Olaf and many more, the testimonies add a new way of seeing not only these masterpieces, but also life itself.

The book sets a new benchmark for art books with its materials, production techniques and contemporary writings. Lavishly produced in genuine leather, beautiful hand-written calligraphy, and the finest printing technique and paper.

There are two other editions of the book.

A Unique Art Edition crafted completely by hand with a gold-plated emblem and gold plating and handwritten calligraphy. Available upon request, this version weighs 40 kilograms and measures 70 x 50 x 9 cm (height x width x length). Personalized touches can include, among others, handwritten calligraphy in one’s own language, one’s family coat of arms and unique art works by the contributors to the book.

The Limited Edition at 35 kilograms yet keeping the same dimensions, has silver plating, is printed with the finest high-pigmented inks. Both the Unique Art and the Limited Edition come with a specially designed table stand, protective sleeve and a Behind the Scenes book, in which the 30 stories of thought leaders and masters of crafts can be read.

Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age is a special initiative and project of Marcel Wanders in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum and Steven Hond.


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