His Majesty King Willem-Alexander opened the exhibition The Golden Coach in the Amsterdam Museum this afternoon. After a restoration of more than five years, the Golden Coach can be seen again by the public for the first time. The coach is housed in a glass enclosure in the courtyard of the Amsterdam Museum and can be viewed up close. In six museum rooms around the courtyard, hundreds of cultural-historical objects, paintings, costumes and dresses, cartoons, photographs, moving images and contemporary works of art provide a multifaceted view of the history and use of the Golden Coach and the past and present discussions about this iconic vehicle. The Amsterdam Museum invites visitors to share their knowledge, views and experiences about the Golden Coach. The exhibition is on display until February 27, 2022.
The King symbolically opened the exhibition by receiving the first copy of the book 'The Golden Coach', which will be published simultaneously with the exhibition. The King was addressed by the director of the Amsterdam Museum Judikje Kiers and artistic director Margriet Schavemaker and guided through the exhibition. The Golden Coach is a polyphonic exhibition created by, and in collaboration with, an interdisciplinary research team with different specialisms. Various parties involved - curators, researchers, restorers, contemporary makers and members of the sounding board group - told King Willem Alexander about their contribution to the exhibition during the visit. The King then viewed the restored Golden Coach, which is set up in a glass enclosure in the courtyard of the Amsterdam Museum.