Operation Night Watch

Our passion for paint is being used to help conserve one of the world’s most famous artworks. In a spectacular fusion of old and new, we’ve teamed up with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam for Operation Night Watch.

The trailblazing partnership involves...

using a series of groundbreaking tools and techniques to carry out a major investigation and conservation of Rembrandt’s acclaimed masterpiece.

The work is being carried out by a dedicated team of scientists, curators and conservators from the museum, who are working in close collaboration with museums and universities in the Netherlands and abroad, as well as AkzoNobel color specialists.

It’s an incredible opportunity for us to contribute our color expertise to an historic project, which is expected to run until 2022. As well as making an important contribution to one of the most innovative conservation projects in the history of art, Operation Night Watch will also enable us to advance our technical understanding of color.

The three-year partnership continues..

a long association between AkzoNobel and the Rijksmuseum, with the company having supplied around 8,000 liters of paint during the museum’s decade-long renovation.

Operation Night Watch is also unfolding in full view of the watching world. You can take a look yourself by visiting