Amsterdam has SO MANY cool museums. The Rijksmuseum was a highlight for us.
The space itself is absolutely gorgeous. And it’s the biggest art museum in the country, with masterpieces by famous Dutch artists like Rembrandt and Vermeer.
The Night Watch is the most well-known painting in the museum, but there are over 8,000 pieces on display, spanning the years 1200-2000.
PLUS, during our visit, we invented a new pop-up art genre!
It all started out with a painting of a guy, looking particularly serious, and sporting a goofy feather hat and gold chain necklaces. (I obviously loved it, and took a picture of him.)
And despite being a disgrace to millennials everywhere, I have my horrendously sub-par Snapchat skills to thank for this new art form. Because I have absolutely no clue what I did… but then this happened, and it was EVERYTHING.
Omg. I almost peed myself.
So I then began to perfect the craft, swapping faces with some of the famous art in the Rijksmuseum, and in the process, creating new (and even better?) art.
I looked for people in paintings that I thought were entertaining… And then I became them.
And they became me.
It was also partly performance art. Because my face swaps sometimes had an audience from other museum-goers. (Who were either delighted or horrified, but usually both.)
Since Michael was the muse for this project, I decided he should have another turn too.
Some of the face swaps were AWESOME, like the time I turned into Napoleon Dynamite’s uncle.
“Don’t be jealous that I’ve been chatting online with babes all day.”
Others were just, well… disturbing.
(No matter how fast you just scrolled by that image, it will prominently feature in all of your recurring nightmares. Sorry.)
I also tried it out with statues.
And now, I know what I would look like if I were a gremlin with a water jug. (Which I feel is a really important thing to know about yourself.)
Unfortunately, despite being amazing, none of these works of art are a permanent part of the museum…
But, as a reader of The Travel Medley, you have exclusive and unlimited access to our online gallery!
Feel free to peruse the collection at your leisure and discuss the dynamic and engaging qualities of this new genre of post-surrealist digital art with your distinguished colleagues. Feel the visual energy. Explore the relationships. Ponder the limits of our existence.
But mostly, just laugh at how utterly ridiculous these face swaps are. 😂