Paul van der Eerden 'Enclosures'

29 September 2007 – 13 January 2008

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is exhibiting 130 prints and drawings selected by the artist Paul van der Eerden. The museum’s City Editorial Board has invited the artist to act as a guest curator to make a selection from the museum’s world-renowned collection. The exhibition ‘Enclosures’ contains prints and drawings from the museum’s collection and other collections plus thirty works by Van der Eerden himself.

‘Enclosures’ is based upon Van der Eerden’s extensive research into the museum’s collection of prints and drawings. He has selected works that illustrate characteristics peculiar to draughtsmanship such as plane, layering, negative space and flatness, revealing unexpected connections across five centuries of drawings. The exhibition includes works by: Fra Bartolommeo, Edgar Degas, Gilgian Gelzer, Juste de Juste, Edmund Monsiel, Ridolfo Ghirlandaio, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Armand Simon and Elmar Trenkwalder.

Many of the selected works have a difficult relationship with the art-historical canon or occupy a special position within the oeuvre of a particular artist. In addition to revealing formal qualities the prints and drawings also represent the bizarre, the deviant and the indecent. Alongside searing romanticism and the extraordinary caricatures of Puvis de Chavannes, the exhibition also includes drawings by psychiatric patients and works inspired by spiritism.

Paul van der Eerden
The artist Paul van der Eerden (Rotterdam, 1954) works with themes such as solitude, violence, voyeurism and alienation. He never knows exactly what he will draw when he puts pencil to paper; the drawing simply ‘emerges’ as it were. At the heart of the exhibition is Van der Eerden’s nine-part series of drawing 'Enclosures' (2002). The title is a reference to the action of making a line on a sheet of paper to enclose an area and is also a metaphor for the workings of the mind and the impossibility of escaping the thought process.

Encounter between the city and the museum
The exhibition ‘Enclosures’ is an initiative of the museum’s City Editorial Board, which has set itself the aim of making the borders between the museum and the city more transparent. As part of this process the museum invites Rotterdam-based artists to select works from the museum’s collections. In the summer of 2005 Joep van Lieshout presented his selection under the title ‘Triumph’. At the end of 2007 the museum organised the second of its film days in which artists from Rotterdam screened their selection from the museum’s collection of the moving image.
This exhibition has been made possible through the support of the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.