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Alain de Botton filled the Rijksmuseum with giant yellow Post-it notes that spell out ideas of self-improvement.

This article titled “Art Is Therapy review – de Botton as doorstepping self-help evangelist” was written by Adrian Searle, for The Guardian on Friday 25th April 2014 13.39 UTC

A flashing neon sign hangs over the grand entrance to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Art Is Therapy, it reads, mirroring the cover of Alain de Botton’s recent book Art as Therapy, written with the philosopher and art historian John Armstrong.

The Rijksmuseum reopened last year after major reorganisation and restoration, to almost universal acclaim. It had more than 3 million visitors in 2013. They thought they had a museum; what they have is a crammed-to-the-gills tourist attraction. It’s the Tate Modern effect.

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