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  1. U2Roeli says:

    Notably this flashmob commemorates the opening of the renovated National Museum (‘Rijksmuseum’) in Amsterdam this week. https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/presskit

  2. Andrew Walsh says:

    It seems to be highlighting the recreation of some hipster guy in a frank and oak ad. On the newest version of Firefox anyway.

  3. jimmykinkade says:

    I would prefer a flashmob of women to recreate a rubens painting. 

    • LinkMan says:

      I’m pretty sure that’s available in a different part of the Netherlands…

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      I swear that I remember seeing Dawn French recreating Ingres’s Odalisque, but I can’t find it.

  4. E T says:

    Flashmob or smart mob?

    Wikipedia says:
    A flash mob (or flashmob)
    is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform
    an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly
    disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic
    expression. Flash mobs are organized via telecommunications, social media, or viral emails.

    The term, coined in 2003, is generally not applied to events and
    performances organized for the purposes of politics (such as protests), commercial advertisement, publicity stunts that involve public relation firms, or paid professionals.In these cases of a planned purpose for the social activity in question, the term smart mobs is often applied instead.

  5. CHilke says:

    Nice to see bailout money being put to good use.

  6. Ashley Yakeley says:

    Check out Peter Greenaway’s documentary Rembrandt’s J’Accuse for mysteries about this painting. Also, his Nightwatching.

  7. michaelismichael says:


    why would they put Beethoven in this video?

    That music was written about 200 years after Rembrandt’s time.

    It would be like using dubstep to commemorate Dickens. Doesn’t fit.

  8. jian win says:

    The term, coined in 2003, is generally not applied to events and performances organized for the http://www.celinebagsaleuk.com/ purposes of politics (such as protests), commercial advertisement, 

  9. B E Pratt says:

    Vid has been removed?

    • jmv says:

      Yes, that’s it. Also, “The Private Life of a Masterpiece” produced for the BBC did an episode on the Night Watch with a live recreation of the painting – which I think may have been a regular tradition. “The Private Life of a Masterpiece” is a great series as well, if you can find it.

    • twianto says:

      Go to the source, in this case ING’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6W2ZMpsxhg

      1080p and unlikely to be removed :)

  10. Historybuff says:

    I think you meant, “Bank pays costumed flashmob to promote opening of Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.” Then again, I’d be more inclined to believe the opening stunt was co-ordinated by the Museum itself and the IGN on the signs is just a by-product of them being a Museum sponsor. It’s a subtle difference.

  11. ope2244 says:

    SCUMБАG AMERICAN: calls Dutch bank money launderer, bombs entire countries to pieces for nothing/oil…