New Blockbusterfonds recognises importance of ‘The Road to Van Eyck’

Jan van Eyck, The Annunciation, ca. 1435, oil on canvas transferred from panel, 90,2 x 34,1 cm, Washington, National Gallery of Art


New Blockbusterfonds recognises importance of ‘The Road to Van Eyck’

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is delighted about the partnership with the Blockbusterfonds, which was launched today in the presence of the Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, at the Binnenhof in The Hague. The Blockbusterfonds has pledged to support the exhibition ‘The Road to Van Eyck’ with a substantial contribution, thus guaranteeing that it can go ahead.

Several months ago Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen made it known that it was taking a large financial risk with the unique exhibition ‘The Road to Van Eyck’. The establishment of the Blockbusterfonds makes it possible to reduce the risk associated with these sorts of large-scale cultural projects. The contribution from the Blockbusterfonds guarantees a third of the exhibition’s €1.4 million budget. This provides the museum with the incentive to mount a larger communications campaign for the exhibition. Furthermore, the BankGiro Loterij, one of the partners in the new initiative, has guaranteed the purchase of 20,000 tickets. The ongoing subsidy requests from other foundations and the growing support from private donors as part of the Circle of Van Eyck continue to be of great importance in covering the costs.

The Blockbusterfonds brings together four partners: the BankGiro Loterij, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, the VSBfonds and the VandenEnde Foundation. This partnership is initially envisaged for a period of five years. The aim of Blockbusterfonds is to help realise large or particularly important cultural events. Each year the three cultural foundations will make a total of €1.5 million available. The BankGiro Loterij will contribute to the financing of exhibitions and events through the purchase of tickets. With the establishment of the Blockbusterfonds cultural institutions will be supported with pre-financing, purchase of tickets and innovative marketing. In addition to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, funding has been pledged to Museum TwentseWelle and FOAM.

The Road to Van Eyck
From 13 October ‘The Road to Van Eyck’ will provide an insight into painting between 1390 and 1430 in the Netherlands, Burgundy, Paris and parts of Germany. Stylistically this period is referred to as the International Gothic, because of the remarkable stylistic uniformity of art works from large parts of Europe. The art of this period formed the starting point for the next generation, including Jan van Eyck. Although his work is often considered revolutionary, it was in many respects inspired by his predecessors.

The core of the exhibition will comprise panel paintings, complemented by a small by high-quality selection of sculptures, metalwork, illuminated manuscripts and drawings. The highlight of the exhibition will be a small group of paintings by Van Eyck and artists from his circle, including the restored ‘The Three Marys at the Tomb’. This is the first and – due to the fragility of the works – probably the last time that an exhibition on this subject will be held.

Private funding
The exhibition has been made possible by the Blockbusterfonds, the Turing Foundation, Robeco, Ploum Lodder Princen, the BankGiro Loterij, Unilever, Aon Artscope, VSBfonds and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, proudly sponsored by the Breeman Talle Fonds. The restoration of ‘The Three Marys at the Tomb’ has been made possible by Nedspice. A group of private individuals has initiated a fundraising action to help cover the costs of the exhibition. So far 94,000 euros has been donated. For more information visit: