This Famous Museum Banned Cameras And Asked Guests To Do Something Far Better.
The Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands is taking a stand. The 200-year-old museum wants its visitors to put away their smartphones and cameras, and actually look up at the various works of art. The gallery’s website explains, “in today’s world of mobile phones and media a visit to a museum is often a passive and superficial experience.”
To help people appreciate art, the gallery created "Big Draw." Staff set up free drawing activities where adults and children can sketch a painting or a person. It is not about imitating an original work or crafting the perfect drawing. The museum feels this activity brings people closer to understanding the pieces and maybe see them with different and more empathetic eyes.
The museum located in Amsterdam discourages the use of electronics. The staff wants visitors to have a more visceral experience.
“You don’t even have to be able to draw because this is not about the final result, but rather about looking at what you want to draw.” Rijksmuseum
A real model allows people to feel the creation process through the artists' eyes.
There are different activities throughout the gallery.
The museum created the hashtag #startdrawing.
Rijksmuseum says everyone already knows how to draw; it was every child's favorite activity.
As adults, we focus on talking, writing, and thinking. The museum encourages adults to go back to the enjoyment of coloring.
Every weekend features Drawing Saturday. Guests are given a sketch book, pencil, and an assignment to complete.
The Big Draw is open to people of all ages.
Watch the incredible way this museum is giving classical art a comeback.
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