Taco Dibbits – The New Director General At Rijksmuseum
The longstanding head of collections at Rijksmuseum – Taco Dibbits has recently been promoted to assume the post of the director general at Dutch national museum of art & history. After working in close contact with Wim Pijbes, the outgoing director on modernizing and redisplay of Amsterdam museum and in expanding the collection, most popular for the works of the Dutch Golden Age.
Dibbits, an expert in 17th century painting, has helped Rijksmuseum build up an extensive collection of photography, in addition to working with reputed contemporary artists and designers. Last year’s Late Rembrandt with the National Gallery in London, is merely one of the many high profile exhibitions in his portfolio of events that he helped organize. One of his notable achievements was helping Louvre negotiate the acquisition of two Rembrandt portraits.
The Amsterdam museum’s international profile and digital outreach may be at an all-time high as of now, but Dibbits is committed to strengthen and widen it further. Referring to the collections within the Rijksmuseum and the Dutch art in it are more than just Dutch history, it is a part of and constitutes world heritage. This piece of global history and heritage like many other have the power and qualities to bring people together and unite them. While talking about the social role that the museum plays today in the Netherlands’ history of global trade he urges that “we should look for common ground in the past.”
Chairman of the Rijksmuseum board, Jaap de Hoop Sceffer, has gone on to commend Dibbits as an established “figurehead” for the museum. He also appreciated Dibbits’ ability to shape up the process of invention and evolution that characteristically inspires and surprises the viewers at the museum from time to time.
In 2002 when Dibbits joined Rijksmuseum a phase of modernization and renovation was about to begin and the whole process took a whole decade. The museum reopened in 2013 and since then the number of visitors per year has effectively doubled to 2.5 million a year. The museum also got widespread acclaim for a balanced and smooth combination of chronological and collection based displays.