Brancusi, Rosso and Man Ray on extended view in Rotterdam

Constantin Brancusi, La Muse endormie, 1910. / Medardo Rosso, Enfant malade, c. 1909. / Man Ray, Noire et blanche, 1926. Design: Thonik.

Press release

Brancusi, Rosso and Man Ray on extended view in Rotterdam
10 April 2014

The unique collection of artworks by Brancusi, Rosso and Man Ray in the successful exhibition ‘Framing Sculpture’ can be seen for an extra two weeks at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Art lovers now have until 25 May to admire these iconic works in Rotterdam before they are returned to their owners around the world, never to be reassembled again.

The exhibition brings together forty sculptures by Brancusi, Rosso and Man Ray plus more than a hundred photographs that the three pioneers of modern art took of their own sculptures. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is extremely honoured that world-class collections such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, MoMA in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago have agreed to extend their loans for an additional two weeks. The exhibition, made possible by the Turing Art Grant 2013, cannot travel due to the fragility and high value of the works. The museum will stay open specially on Easter Monday.

Enthusiastically received
Visitors and the press have responded enthusiastically to the exhibition. Visitors gave the exhibition 8.8 out of 10. Here is a selection of reactions on Twitter:
-“In @boijmans: the stark beauty of Brancusi, an intriguing combi of sculpture and photos by Rosso and playful Man Ray” @Onnodezwart
-“An improbable collection of masterpieces @boijmans” @KeesVrijdag

The Dutch and foreign press also responded positively. De Morgen gave the exhibition four stars and wrote: “The Rotterdam museum brings together three giants of modern sculpture in a single surprising exhibition.” Apollo Magazine: “Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen combines the sculptures and photographic work of these artists, offering new insights into their working processes." Elsevier: “Framing Sculpture is not only a world-class exhibition with magnificent works that are getting their first viewing in the Netherlands, it is also a feast for the eyes, full of discoveries.”

This month the museum is organising two special events around the exhibition. On Sunday 13 April curator Peter van der Coelen and head of collections at the Nederlands Fotomuseum Frits Gierstberg will give a lecture on the history of photography and its use by Brancusi, Rosso and Man Ray. A week later, on Sunday 20 April visitors can try their hand at analogue photography in a workshop run by Lomography. For more information and reservations visit:

Enriching the visual experience
The exhibition contains three artist’s studios where visitors can experiment with the photographic techniques used by Brancusi, Rosso en Man Ray. A specially developed multi-media tour that can be hired or downloaded on a smartphone provides a greatly enriched experience of the exhibition. Visitors can pose questions to museum staff via and a richly illustrated catalogue with contributions from international experts (in Dutch and English) is available from the museum shop or via

Thanks to
The exhibition 'Brancusi, Rosso, Man Ray - Framing Sculpture' has been made possible by the Turing Foundation (Turing Art Grant 2013), the Boijmans Business Club, the VSBfonds, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (via the Breeman Talle Fonds), the Mondriaan Fund, AON, and the Circle of Van Eyck. The exhibition is indemnified by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.