You know I love a good flash mob. And a great art story. But when the two worlds collide? Bam! Mind blown!

To celebrate the reopening of the Rijksmuseum after a ten year renovation the museum arranged to stage a live reenactment of its most famous work—Rembrandt's The Night Watch (1642)—to the surprise of shoppers in a Dutch mall in Breda. The painting is famous in the history of art for its dynamic take on portraiture, with each person depicted on the cusp of dramatic movement. Previously formal portraits showed their subjects still as stone; here each fellow is gesturing, moving, clamoring for our attention. See for yourself here.

So it makes perfect sense that organizers would choose this painting to literally come to life! Cool, right?

Learn more about the project here.

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