Nieuwsbrief
Press News Spring 2009
February 2009

Museum 160 years old

In 2009, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen celebrates its 160th anniversary. Since its foundation the museum has assembled one of the richest art collections in the Netherlands. The self-portrait by Fabritius, ‘The Cornfield’ by Ruisdael and ‘The Flight of Medea’ drawn by Rubens are just a few of the masterpieces that have been in the collection since the museum first opened its doors to the public on 3 July 1849. Since then the museum has welcomed more than 12.5 million visitors.

160 years Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
160 years Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen


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Pipilotti Rist Video competition

On this occasion Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and Pipilotti Rist invite visitors to portray a friend in a short video, inspired by Elixir: the video organism of Pipilotti Rist. READ ON...

 Pipilotti Rist,Tyngdkraft, var min vän (Gravity Be My Friend), 2007
Pipilotti Rist,Tyngdkraft, var min vän (Gravity Be My Friend), 2007


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Acquisition paintings by Robert Combas

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen recently acquired four paintings by the French painter, draughtsman, sculptor and designer Robert Combas. READ ON...

Robert Combas, L'homme au casque casquette/Portrait de tuer/Fernand Zop, 1981
Robert Combas, L'homme au casque casquette/Portrait de tuer/Fernand Zop, 1981


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Elixir: The video organism of Pipilotti Rist

7 March 2009 – 10 May 2009
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam is devoting a major exhibition to the video artist Pipilotti Rist (Switzerland, 1962). The exhibition includes eight recent works made in the period 2003-2008, and two completely new ones which have been especially made on this occasion. The videos – sumptuous images of beauty and innocence – will be displayed in a 1500m2 installation, a Gesamtkunstwerk designed by the artist and her team. READ ON...

Pipilotti Rist, Homo Sapiens Sapiens, 2005
Pipilotti Rist, Homo Sapiens Sapiens, 2005


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Charles Avery. The Islanders: An Introduction

28 February – 7 June 2009
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is proud to present ‘The Islanders: An Introduction’. Scottish artist Charles Avery takes visitors on an expedition to an imaginary island. He tells a gripping story of a land without a name and without money, where the inhabitants can foretell the future and are addicted to Henderson’s pickled eggs. Drawings and sculptures of mysterious landscapes and absurd details invite the viewer to recreate the island in their own minds. READ ON...

Charles Avery, King in Exile, 2008, 142.5cm X 100.5cm x 101.5cm, taxidermy, mixed media, perspex, plinth
Charles Avery, King in Exile, 2008, 142.5cm X 100.5cm x 101.5cm, taxidermy, mixed media, perspex, plinth


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Intervention #9 Sylvie Zijlmans & Hewald Jongenelis

Ten to One
From 28 February 2009
Sylvie Zijlmans and Hewald Jongenelis are showing their new project ‘Ten To One’ at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The installation is dominated by a wall-sized photograph of a large party in a field. Upon closer examination it becomes apparent that there are only ten guests, each of them depicted ten times in a different outfit. The outfits have been made by a hundred different Chinese tailors. In the magazine that accompanies the installation, the artists have put a face to these tailors, thus shedding new light on the global social and economic reality. READ ON...

Sylvie Zijlmans & Hewald Jongenelis, 50 Beijing tailors
Sylvie Zijlmans & Hewald Jongenelis, 50 Beijing tailors


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Intervention #8 Victor Man

From January 17th 2009
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has invited the young Romanian artist Victor Man (Cluj, 1974) to make an intervention within The Collection Two, the museum’s anniversary exhibition. Victor Man is a master of omission without loss of meaning. In combination with works from the museum’s permanent collection his works suggest unexpected meanings. READ ON...

Victor Man (Cluj-Napoca 1974), Large Glass, 2008, Courtesy the artist and Plan B, Cluj
Victor Man (Cluj-Napoca 1974), Large Glass, 2008, Courtesy the artist and Plan B, Cluj


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The Collection Two

From January 17th 2009
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is 160 years old this year. To celebrate this anniversary the museum’s collections are being presented in new displays. For the first time the museum’s world-famous collection of prints and drawings is being combined with paintings, sculpture, the applied arts and design. The museum’s prints and drawings collection contains more than 80,000 works of art and is one of the most important collections in the world. READ ON...

Room 51, photo Maarten Laupman
Room 51, photo Maarten Laupman


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Free on View

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen always offers several exhibitions that are freely accessible for everyone. They are being presented in the Willem van der Vorm gallery and the Serra Hall. These spaces are part of the museum entrance area, where leading designers have created a transition area where art blends with everyday reality. READ ON...

Entrance area, photo Kees Spruijt
Entrance area, photo Kees Spruijt


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Exhibition calendar

An overview of all the current and future exhibitions at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. READ ON...

Exhibitions Entrance Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Exhibitions Entrance Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen


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