Newsletter Summer 2008
Summer 2008


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.

Roy Villevoye

Films, Photographic works, Installations
(including collaborations with Jan Dietvorst)

14 June – 10 August 2008
This exhibition showing photographic works, films, installations, billboards, slide projections and paintings by Roy Villevoye (1960, Maastricht) provides the first comprehensive view of his artistic practice since the late 1980s, when he turned away from painting and found inspiration on travels outside Europe.

One Hundred Years of Dutch Design

14 June – 12 October 2008
A fixed timeline is used to mirror traditional craftsmanship and industrial design, thus showing one of the characteristics of Dutch design: the co-existence of unique objects and serial production.

Intervention #5
Karin van Dam. Bumping Tumble

14 June – 16 November 2008
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.

Yayoi Kusama
Mirrored Years

23 August – 19 October 2008
This exhibition of Japanese master Yayoi Kusama is not a survey, but a precise combination of early paintings, films, slide-shows, happenings and reconstructed environments from the 60s with a group of very interesting and unknown paintings and sculptures of the late 80s, early 90s, up to newly realized environments from the most recent years. The exhibition will be organized in close collaboration with Ms. Kusama herself.

Surtout pas des principes! Charley Toorop
27 September – 18 January 2009
Major retrospective exhibition of the painter Charley Toorop (1891-1955). With more than 120 works, the exhibition will provide a comprehensive view of this artist’s rich oeuvre and fascinating personality. Alongside Toorop’s well-known realistic work, the exhibition will include an extensive selection of her lesser-known, but no less important, works from her Expressionist phase. All her self-portraits will be exhibited together for the first time.

8 November 2008 – 8 February 2009
Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) is one of the greatest Dutchmen of all time and this exhibition will show why his name is still so widely known today. Important themes in Erasmus' work, such as education, war, religion and satire, are represented by art from his time. Portraits and personal objects show the man behind the ideas. The exhibition includes paintings from collections at home and abroad by masters like Hans Holbein, Quentin Matsys and Jheronimus Bosch, some of which are on show in the Netherlands for the first time.

We cannot rule out unforeseen changes to this programme.