A glimpse into the future

Design: Thonik Anne Wenzel, Heaven, 2007, ceramics and charcoal. Courtesy of Gallery Akinci, Amsterdam, Gallery Tatjana Pieters, Ghent, and Gallery Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris. Photo: John Stoel. Hendrik-Jan Hunneman, Forever Young, 2013. Collection of the artist, commissioned by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Han Hoogerbrugge, Dow Jones III, 2013, animation. Vincent de Rijk, Cabinet Miami, 2008, polyester. Courtesy of Werkplaats Vincent de Rijk. Chris Kabel, Wood Ring Bench, 2010, oregon pine.

As of Saturday 8 June, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Rotterdam City Collection, visitors will be able to see not only part of the collection itself, but also work by artists and designers who are not yet represented in the Rotterdam City Collection. This is an opportunity for the museum to exhibit the potential future perspective for the City Collection, in which work by internationally renowned Rotterdam-based artists such as Lara Almarcegui, Han Hoogerbrugge, Chris Kabel and Vincent de Rijk would be a welcome addition.

Special loan
The exhibition entitled ‘The City, the Artists and the Museum’ includes the animation ‘Dow Jones III’ by Han Hoogerbrugge (1963), pioneer in the field of Internet art. Lara Almarcegui (1972) documents the identity of an urban place, by collecting historical, geographical and ecological data. Work by Almarcegui can also be seen this year in the Spanish pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Anne Wenzel (1972) will be exhibiting her monumental installation ‘Heaven’, which consists of several ceramic car wrecks set in a charred landscape. And with their bronze casts of radios from the former Soviet Union, artist duo Bik Van der Pol take a critical look at the way in which knowledge and information is gathered and shared. Two artists have been asked to create new works. The 2011 Prix de Rome winner Edward Clydesdale Thomson (1982) will be making an installation for a large window in which indoor and outdoor spaces are bound together. Under the title ‘Forever Young’, Hendrik-Jan Hunneman (1970) will be presenting a monumental transparent plastic curtain connecting all the individual artworks with each other.

Design Highlights
The presentation ‘Design in Rotterdam’ includes not only work from the past 25 years, from for example Hard Werken, Rem Koolhaas and BOA Contractors, but also recent work by renowned designers including Chris Kabel, Hella Jongerius, Wieki Somers and Vincent de Rijk. Alongside the design objects, the museum will be presenting poetry by local poets such as Jules Deelder and Rien Vroegindeweij to illustrate the character of Rotterdam, a city where culture puts things into perspective and whose people are proud of the famous expression ‘Niet lullen maar poetsen’, which roughly translated means ‘More work, less play’.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive and richly-illustrated publication, only available in Dutch. This book will be on sale from 8 June in the museum gift shop, via webshop.boijmans.nl, and at selected bookshops. Price: €39.50.

Rotterdam Art Weekend
These exhibitions open simultaneously with ‘Sensory Spaces 1 - Oscar Tuazon’ and ‘Lubok 11’ at the museum, and ‘XXXL Painting’ in the Submarine Wharf. The openings, together with events organised by TENT, the AVL-Mundo foundation and Route du Nord, are sure to guarantee a dazzling Rotterdam Art Weekend. Friday 7 June sees the kick-off with the art manifestation ‘Less is More, More or Less’ at TENT. That afternoon, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is organising a symposium about XXXL Painting in the Submarine Wharf. Saturday evening sees the opening of Territory, an exhibition by the AVL-Mundo foundation (set up by artist Joep van Lieshout) on the north bank of the Meuse, and with the Route du Nord art route, Rotterdam North will serve as a living backdrop for new art, music and literature, an entire weekend long. For further information, please see www.boijmans.nl, www.tentrotterdam.nl, www.avlmundo.org, www.routedunord.nl.

In addition to a structural contribution by the municipality of Rotterdam, without whom the City Collection would not have been possible, many foundation, funds, businesses and institutions have also contributed to the City Collection over the years. The exhibition ‘The City, the Artists and the Museum’ was made possible with support from Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht, a foundation for the enhancement of popular health, welfare and culture in Rotterdam.