More visitors to the museum

Photo Kees Spruijt
Photo Kees Spruijt

More visitors to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
2010 exhibition programme

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is revising its visitor forecasts upwards from 2010 on. Over the last few years the museum has attracted far more visitors than expected, and believes that the exhibitions scheduled for 2010 will attract more than 240,000 people. The major Kees van Dongen exhibition next autumn is expected to bring in art lovers in large numbers.

In 2010 the museum will be mounting a wide-ranging exhibition programme, from contemporary installations to modern paintings and Dutch design. Carsten Höller, Atelier Van Lieshout and Kees van Dongen are just some of the artists who will be exhibited in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen next year. The permanent collection will still be on display under the title Collection Two, and a significant part of the museum collection can also be seen in the Kunsthal Rotterdam.
The museum is also expanding online. The new video channel ArtTube and the web museum are being augmented with the Online Collection and ALMA, a site that links works of art with the artefacts illustrated in them. The museum is also getting a permanent spot on TV Rijnmond with the TV programme Boijmans Journaal.

In 2008 the museum attracted 55,000 more visitors than the expected 185,000 and in 2009 an additional 40,000. The extensive programme for 2010 is of such quality that the museum has decided to revise its visitor forecasts upwards. We expect that next year no fewer than 240,000 visitors will be surprised and inspired in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

2010 programme
The museum makes a spectacular start to 2010 with a 1,500m2 installation by Carsten Höller (1961). Under the title Divided Divided he will be presenting a new series of monumental mushrooms, video projections, a mobile of birdcages (complete with singing canaries) and a floating room. Höller’s Revolving Hotel Room can be seen in the adjoining gallery and visitors can even book in: from 6 February until 25 April 2010 anyone can spend the night in this work of art. Likewise in the spring, the museum will be showing work by glass artist Ritsue Mishima, the final results of the Portscapes Project in the Second Maasvlakte, an intervention by Anne Wenzel and work by Lily van der Stokker.

A unique joint project between the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen starts on 29 May 2010. The submarine pen at the former RDM site is the venue for a summer exhibition of international appeal. Throughout the summer, the 5,000 m2 pen will serve as the setting for a giant installation by Atelier Van Lieshout. At the same time Olafur Eliasson (1967) will transform the museum’s huge Bodon Gallery into an installation with beautiful water reflections, and the painstakingly stage-managed photography of Thomas Demand will also be on display.

Commencing 18 September 2010, the museum is staging a retrospective of work by Kees van Dongen (1877 – 1968). It will be an exhibition of international stature, in keeping with van Dongen;’s artistic daring. The presentation is based on the highlights of his early period, his breakthrough, his travels and international style and his later success. A selection of eighty paintings (core and key pieces) traces Van Dongen’s development from a retrospective viewpoint: from fame to studio. In the autumn the museum will also be devoting exhibitions to the work of Hella Jongerius and to Art Nouveau designer Johan Thorn Prikker.