The world famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam – home to Rembrandt's The Night Watch – recently underwent an extensive ten-year refurbishment. The project, which began in 2003, involved AkzoNobel becoming the official supplier of all decorative paint products through its Sikkens brand in 2010.


As part of the renovation, AkzoNobel helped to develop a color palette (known as the Sikkens RIJKS Colors) which closely matched the paint originally used by architect Pierre Cuypers when the museum opened in 1885. As a result, the main building’s wall and ceiling decorations have now been returned to their former glory. Sikkens products have also been used on the exterior, with a total of 8,000 liters of paint being supplied.

The Sikkens RIJKS Colors have been launched in the Netherlands, where they are now available to buy and use in your own home. There are also plans to launch the range in other regions. In the meantime, if you live outside the Netherlands and are interested, please use contact us.

To view the interior of the newly restored Rijksmuseum and discover more about AkzoNobel's color expertise watch the video below.

Cultural heritage

The prestigious partnership highlights the vital contribution that AkzoNobel is making to protecting some of the world's most important landmarks while preserving its cultural heritage. This is further emphasized by the fact that in May 2013, AkzoNobel and the Rijksmuseum signed a new five-year partnership agreement whereby the company sponsors two PhD students from the museum's prestigious restoration lab. 

The partnership will move from color restoration to color conservation, with the two students focusing on titanium dioxide white in modern artwork and conservation materials, and the degradation of ultramarine blue. We will also remain as the preferred supplier to the Rijksmuseum, through our Sikkens brand, during the term of the five-year agreement.

To find out more about the Rijksmuseum, click here.


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