Nieuwsbrief
Newsletter autumn 2007
Autumn 2007

Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design

On September 29th, Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design opened in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. This exhibition has already drawn more than 30.000 visitors and was very well received by the press:
'Surrealist Trance' de Volkskrant
'Refreshing ... imagination in control' De Standaard
'A breathtaking collection of impossible artifacts' de Groene Amsterdammer
Surreal Things is on show until 13 January 2008. READ ON...

Overview Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Exhibition design by fashion designers Walter Van Beirendock and Dirk Van Saene. Photo Fred Ernst.
Overview Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Exhibition design by fashion designers Walter Van Beirendock and Dirk Van Saene. Photo Fred Ernst.


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House Style nominated

The museum's new house style designed by Thonik has been nominated for the International Museum Communication Awards (IMCA) in the category Corporate Design. This new prize honours the best visual communications among museums, arts institutions and galleries around the world. The winners will be announced in Brussels on 29 November. READ ON...

Poster The Collection One in railway station. Image: Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled, 2002. Copyright Maurizio Cattelan, courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.
Poster The Collection One in railway station. Image: Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled, 2002. Copyright Maurizio Cattelan, courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.


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Purchase Surrealist Masterpiece

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is proud to announce the acquisition of the painting Paysage avec nuages roses from 1928 by Yves Tanguy. The purchase of this Surrealist work of art was uncertain up to the last minute. Several major funding bodies had made generous contributions, but this was insufficient to cover the asking price of €1.1 million. READ ON...

Yves Tanguy, Paysage avec nuages roses, 1928, oil on canvas, 81 x 65 cm.
Yves Tanguy, Paysage avec nuages roses, 1928, oil on canvas, 81 x 65 cm.


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H+F Patronage

Until the end of the year, the museum is displaying the very populair installation Four Vegetative Sleeping Rooms. Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzinger developed their intervention for The Collection One with the help of the H+F Patronage (H+F Mecenaat). This foundation was established in 2005 and is an exclusive partnership between Han Nefkens and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The purpose of the Patronage is to stimulate contemporary art and artists on an international level, and to introduce them to a new audience. READ ON...

Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger, Four Vegetative Sleeping Rooms: My Aunt from Borneo, 2006. Photo: Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger.
Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger, Four Vegetative Sleeping Rooms: My Aunt from Borneo, 2006. Photo: Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger.


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New Collection Building

This summer, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presented plans for a depot with both public and private functions. The architectural practice MVRDV has delivered the volume study and first sketch for the eye-catching design that will enhance Rotterdam's image as a city of innovation. The new collection building meets all technical demands and private collectors will be able to benefit from museological services. In terms of efficiency and maximising the appeal of the existing museum complex, the Museumpark is the favoured site for the new development. READ ON...

Lay-out of the new depot by architectural practice MVRDV.
Lay-out of the new depot by architectural practice MVRDV.


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The Boijmans Studies

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is initiating a series of academic publications about the museum's collection entitled Boijmans Studies. The series will breathe new life into the museum's rich tradition of publications about its own collection. The museum intends to publish two titles per year. READ ON...

Cover of the first title in the Boijmans Studies series: Miscellanea delineata – Dutch drawings 1780-1860 from the Ploos van Amstel Knoef collection written by Marius van Dam.
Cover of the first title in the Boijmans Studies series: Miscellanea delineata – Dutch drawings 1780-1860 from the Ploos van Amstel Knoef collection written by Marius van Dam.


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Acquisition World's tallest Print

The museum has acquired a print showing the family tree of Charles V published in 1536 by the Antwerp-based graphic artist Robert Peril. The giant woodcut measures 7.25 metres and is thus the tallest print in the world. The twenty-one hand-coloured sheets were mounted on linen at the time of publication and constitute the only known complete copy of the first edition of the print. The museum has purchased the work for its large Erasmus exhibition in 2008. READ ON...

Dr. Peter van der Coelen, curator prints in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, with the unfolded print. Robert Peril, Genealogical Tree of Charles V, 1536, woodcut and letterpress, painted in watercolours, on linen, c. 725 x 47,5 cm.
Dr. Peter van der Coelen, curator prints in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, with the unfolded print. Robert Peril, Genealogical Tree of Charles V, 1536, woodcut and letterpress, painted in watercolours, on linen, c. 725 x 47,5 cm.


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Official Training Institution

The Security and Safety department of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has been recognised as a vocational training institution for the roles of Security Guard and Security Coordinator. This status has been bestowed by the Stichting Economisch en Administratief Beroeps Onderwijs (ECABO). Through internal training according to statutory regulations, the museum delivers the best-trained security staff to the museum sector. READ ON...

Security guard with painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The tower of Babel, 1563 – 1568, oil on panel, 60 x 74,5 cm.
Security guard with painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The tower of Babel, 1563 – 1568, oil on panel, 60 x 74,5 cm.


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Art in Focus: Branch of an Oak

Artist Paul van der Eerden (Rotterdam, 1954) on Branch of an Oak by Albertus Jonas Brandt: "For me, the branch of an oak by A.J. Brandt has everything to do with observation and composition. Brandt adds no shadow to anchor the leaf in the plane, but anyway you accept the surrounding space as obvious. The watercolour is spare and well-observed, but Brandt has also added a drop of water, which makes the whole more romantic." Branch of an Oak by Brandt (1788 - 1821) was acquired by the museum at it's birth in 1847 as part of Mr. Boymans' legacy.
Until 13 January 2008 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is showing the exhibition Enclosures, with over 100 works from its collection drawings selected by Van der Eerden supplemented with works by the artist himself. For an interview with Paul van der Eerden read on below. READ ON...

Albertus Johannes Brandt, Branch of an Oak, 1788 – 1821, watercolour, 27,3 x 31,3 cm.
Albertus Johannes Brandt, Branch of an Oak, 1788 – 1821, watercolour, 27,3 x 31,3 cm.


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Exhibitions

Until 31 December 2007
Selection Rotterdam Collection: Eveline Visser
Winner Pendrecht Culture Prize 2007

Until 13 January 2008
Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design
Spectacular exhibition with more than 200 paintings, sculptures, bookcovers, pieces of jewelry and furniture, films and other exceptional objects.

Until 13 January 2008
Paul van der Eerden 'Enclosures'
A selection of the museum's drawings together with work by the artist himself.

16 February - 25 May 2008
Dutch Primitives. Paintings from the late Middle Ages
Rare masterpieces from all over the world paint a remarkable picture of a bygone era.

Geertgen tot Sint Jans, The glorification of Mary, 1490 – 1495, oil on panel, 26,8 x 20,5 cm. Part of the exhibition Dutch Primitives. Paintings from the late Middle Ages.
Geertgen tot Sint Jans, The glorification of Mary, 1490 – 1495, oil on panel, 26,8 x 20,5 cm. Part of the exhibition Dutch Primitives. Paintings from the late Middle Ages.


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Activities & Events

Most activities and events in the museum are Dutch-spoken. However, groups of up to 15 people can book a guided tour on the collection, the architecture of the museum buildings or an exhibition.
Costs are 85 euro for a tour (available in different languages) plus entrance fees.

Surrealist recital during the opening of the season in September 2007.
Surrealist recital during the opening of the season in September 2007.


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