Nieuwsbrief
Newsletter Summer 2008
Summer 2008

Toorop purchase

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has acquired a self-portrait painted in 1928 by artist Charley Toorop (1891-1955), from the estate of Arthur Lehning. This autumn, after it has been restored, the painting will be shown alongside all the artist’s self-portraits and other key works in a major retrospective. READ ON...

Charley Toorop, Self-portrait, 1928, oil on canvas, 33 x 27 cm. Collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Charley Toorop, Self-portrait, 1928, oil on canvas, 33 x 27 cm. Collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam


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From entrance area to public plaza

On Monday 26 May 2008, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen began renovating the entrance area. It will be transformed into a contemporary meeting point for knowledge and culture, a public plaza with several functions that will be accessible from the inner courtyard. It will be open to all, free of charge. READ ON...

Design for new public square, Haunting Dogs Full of Grace
Design for new public square, Haunting Dogs Full of Grace


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Aertsen purchase

‘The Sacrifice of Iphigeneia’ is one of the eighteen known drawings by 16th-century artist Pieter Aertsen. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has added this unique work to its collection. READ ON...

Pieter Aertsen (Amsterdam, 1507/8-1575, The Sacrifice of Iphigeneia, c. 1560, drawing in pen in brown on paper, 119 x 260 mm. Collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Pieter Aertsen (Amsterdam, 1507/8-1575, The Sacrifice of Iphigeneia, c. 1560, drawing in pen in brown on paper, 119 x 260 mm. Collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam


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Art in Focus: Red Calico

Contemporary artist Roy Villevoye, whose exhibition Detours is on show at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen this Summer, on his installation Red Calico (2000): ‘Since time immemorial the Asmat people of Papua, now a province of Indonesia, have walked around naked. In the course of the 20th century clothing was gradually introduced by visitors from abroad. To this day, items of clothing are highly valuable and costly items for the Asmat people. They can attain them only as gifts or by buying them from Indonesian settlers with money earned through arduous physical labour for them. READ ON...

Roy Villevoye, Red Calico, installation, 2000
Roy Villevoye, Red Calico, installation, 2000


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Roy Villevoye 'Detours'

From 14 June until 10 August, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents ‘Detours’, an exhibition by Roy Villevoye (1960, Maastricht). This exhibition in the Bodonhall of the museum provides the first comprehensive view of his artistic practice, with over forty works ranging from photographic works, films, installations, billboards, slide presentations and paintings. READ ON...

Roy Villevoye, Preparations, photographic work, 2007
Roy Villevoye, Preparations, photographic work, 2007


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Limited/Unlimited

On 14 June, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will open the exhibition Limited/Unlimited – One Hundred Years of Dutch Design. The exhibition was prompted by the publication of the book Dutch Design Culture. READ ON...

Oxenaar and Kruit, Nederlandsche Bank (Bank of the Netherlands), 50 guilder note, 1982
Oxenaar and Kruit, Nederlandsche Bank (Bank of the Netherlands), 50 guilder note, 1982


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Intervention #5 Karin van Dam

Contemporary artist Karin van Dam (1959) has created the installation Bumping Tumble exclusively for the museum. The result will be on display from 14 June 2008 as Intervention #5 within ‘The Collection One’. The work descends like an unfolding parachute from the museum dome. Bumping Tumble presents itself as an organism constructed from floats, ropes, buoys and fenders (objects for protecting the sides of ships). READ ON...

Karin van Dam, Bumping Tumble, 2008
Karin van Dam, Bumping Tumble, 2008


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Yayoi Kusama 'Mirrored Years'

From 23 August until 19 October, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will present Mirrored Years, an exhibition featuring works by the internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (Matsumoto, 1929). The exhibition will display an extraordinary body of work in which films, sculptures and installations from the 1960s and 70s will be juxtaposed with some of the artist’s more recent pieces. READ ON...

Yayoi Kusama, Narcissus Garden, 1966, Installation, Mixed Media. Installation View: Venice Biennial, Italy. Courtesy the artist
Yayoi Kusama, Narcissus Garden, 1966, Installation, Mixed Media. Installation View: Venice Biennial, Italy. Courtesy the artist


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Exhibitions

This summer, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is staging some exceptional exhibitions, from contemporary installations to Dutch design. Here is a calendar with our upcoming events, including a preview of the autumn exhibitions. READ ON...



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Open air restaurant Re-Unie

During the Parade Festival, from 12 until 22 June, the courtyard of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will temporarily change into an open air restaurant, named Re-Unie (reunion). The legendary Rotterdam artist's breeding ground and hangout De Unie will rise from the ashes for the occasion, with food, drink, acts etc.



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Must-see: Wereldmuseum

Roy Villevoye's work is inspired by the Asmat people. When you would like to know more on their culture, mark the 9th of September 2009 in your diary. The Wereldmuseum (World Museum) in Rotterdam will then reopen for the public after an extensive reconstruction. With its ethnographic collection the museum offers a unique opportunity to learn about world cultures, their rituals, stories and sacred objects. The Wereldmuseum has one of the best Oceania collections in the world. There’s free admission to the a permanent display where top objects from the New Guinea collection will be presented. In 2010 the museum will realize a large exhibition on New Guinea. If you’d like to learn more about the museum, see: www.wereldmuseum.nl



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Win a collection catalogue!

On September 27th the museum will open its new entrance area. Until then the original entrance underneath the tower is the only way to enter Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. How high is the museum tower? You may round off to the nearest metre. We raffle off five collection catalogues among the competitors. Please send the right answer, including you postal address to pressoffice@boijmans.nl before July 7th.



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