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Newsletter Spring 2008
Spring 2008

The Tower of Babel in the Louvre

Bruegel’s world-famous painting The Tower of Babel will be on show in the Louvre in Paris as part of the exhibition Babylon from 14 March until 2 June 2008. Because this 'Rotterdam' masterpiece is a key work within the exhibition, the museum has made an extraordinary exception in agreeing to lend this fragile work. The painting will soon be on display in the Parisian museum, which attracts 18,500 visitors per day. In exchange for this loan, the Louvre will lend several masterpieces to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen for it's major Erasmus exhibition in the autumn of 2008, including works that have never before been on show in the Netherlands. READ ON...

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Tower of Babel, c. 1560
Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Tower of Babel, c. 1560


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Art in Focus: Lyrical

Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), Lyrical, 1911, oil on canvas, 94 x 130 cm, acquired 1936.
Private collectors have always played a very important part in the history of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. This also goes for Kandinsky ‘s Lyrical, which was donated to the museum. READ ON...



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Dutch Primitives. Paintings from the late Middle Ages

Bringing together more than sixty rare and poignant works, this exhibition at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen provides an impressive survey of late medieval painting in Holland from February 16th until May 25th 2008. The panels that make up this unique exhibition come from museums all around the world. Little is known about the Dutch primitives active around 1500, but they were certainly the match for their Flemish contemporaries. The work of the most important exponent, Geertgen tot Sint Jans from Haarlem, displays an unprecedented expressiveness. His realistic depiction of emotions and his eye for detail were typical of painting in Holland. READ ON...



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Medieval Sculptures from the Schoufour-Martin Collection

From February 16 until May 25, 2008, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will exhibit a special collection of colored, late-medieval sculptures. The collection will be donated to the museum by Rotterdam harbor entrepreneur Jacques Schoufour. The sculptures were made around 1500 in the Netherlands, France and Germany. They have been amazingly well preserved and the colors are still as expressive as five hundred years ago. READ ON...

Fainting of Mary (detail), Southern Netherlands, Brussels (?) c. 1460-1470, 42,2 x 31,5 x 11,6 cm. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, gift Schoufour-Martin 2006
Fainting of Mary (detail), Southern Netherlands, Brussels (?) c. 1460-1470, 42,2 x 31,5 x 11,6 cm. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, gift Schoufour-Martin 2006


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The Schoufour-Martin collection as presented by Sarkis

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has commissioned Paris-based artist Sarkis to install the exhibition of late Gothic polychromed sculptures from the Schoufour-Martin collection in combination with an installation of his own work. READ ON...

Sarkis, Landscape forever
Sarkis, Landscape forever


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Ewoud van Rijn 'Through Hell & High Water'

The presentation ‘Through Hell & High Water’ at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen shows the peculiar worlds of Rotterdam-based artist Ewoud van Rijn from February 16th until May 18th 2008. Van Rijn’s monumental drawings depict the primal forces of nature. Fairies, nymphs and sirens fight a mythic battle against death and decay marooned on rocky outcrops surrounded by turbulent waters and swept by wild waves. With the clarity of a comic strip he employs his futuristic-romantic style to effortlessly lead the viewer through centuries of the history of art and morals. Painted drawings on large sheets of paper in which capricious environments take shape through a dark interplay of lines. READ ON...

Ewoud van Rijn, Fate, synthetic polymer paint, 150 x 110 cm, 2005
Ewoud van Rijn, Fate, synthetic polymer paint, 150 x 110 cm, 2005


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Olphaert den Otter 'S&K MORF'

From February 16th until May 18th 2008, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will exhibit a special series of works by Rotterdam-based artist Olphaert den Otter. Several years ago Olphaert den Otter’s eye was caught by a rickety hut in a fifteenth-century painting by Petrus Christus. He became fascinated by this structure and scoured his book collection for paintings showing similar refuges in the form of huts, stables, ruins and boxes from the 15th century to the present day. They became the subject of a series that the artist calls the ‘Stable and Shelter Morphology’. His research resulted in 126 new works on paper, culminating in the painting entitled ‘The Retreat’. READ ON...

De buitenplaats (The Retreat), 2007, 153 x 306 cm,eitempera on cloth/panel. Artist’s collection, Rotterdam
De buitenplaats (The Retreat), 2007, 153 x 306 cm,eitempera on cloth/panel. Artist’s collection, Rotterdam


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Harmen Brethouwer 'On superfluous things'

In the early Nineties of the previous century, Harmen Brethouwer (Aalten, 1960) developed an overall concept for his art, which he has been elaborating on ever since. For the first time, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is now presenting an overview of his work, from February 22nd until May 18th 2008. There are three recurrent themes in Brethouwer’s work: Chinoiserie, Art Deco and a Minimal line. He employs two basic forms – a three-dimensional conical ‘menhir’ and a flat square panel on the wall – to explore traditions, techniques and formal languages from all countries and periods. ‘I want to make antiques of the future’, he says. READ ON...

Harmen Brethouwer
Harmen Brethouwer


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Geert Mul ‘Horizons’ Intervention #4

The installation Horizons was specially developed by the artist Geert Mul for the museum and examines the phenomenon of ‘collecting’. The principal role in Horizons is given to Bruegel’s masterpiece The Tower of Babel, which is on loan to the Musée du Louvre in Paris from 25 February until 10 June 2008 and thus cannot be displayed in the museum. This media art work Horizons is Intervention #4 within The Collection One from March 1st until November 16th 2008. READ ON...

Geert Mul, Horizons 1
Geert Mul, Horizons 1


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Exhibitions

These coming months, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is presenting several extraordinary exhibitions ranging from medieval panels to contemporary installations. Please read on for the exhibitions calendar. READ ON...



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