These coming months, the museum is staging some extraordinary exhibitions.
The Collection One
In January 2007 the museum unveiled its new displays, inviting the public to renew its acquaintance with the museum’s masterpieces including old-master paintings and sculpture, prints and drawings, modern and contemporary art and applied arts and design.
The museum is giving contemporary art a prominent place in its new displays in the form of three artist’s presentations that reflect upon the collection and the building. These visual statements are intensified through alternation with works from the permanent collection, establishing a dialogue that heightens the senses and encourages contemplation. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has an active programme of exhibiting and responding to leading international artists.:
- #7 Olaf Nicolai. Apollo. Until August 2009
This coming year, visitors can come and play football in the museum courtyard. With Apollo, Olaf Nicolai has created a sculpture that is also the setting for a football arena. The players’ movements are reflected in mirrors, generating a strobe-like effect. This transforms the pavilion into a platform for ‘wannabe’ Apollos, the Greek God of light and the arts.
- #6 Adam Colton. Until 18 January 2009
In the 'cloverleaf' in the Van der Steur building, Adam Colton (1957, Manchester) developed this intervention, consisting of objects of great beauty with a breathtaking tactility. Works of art that resemble nothing we know, and not even that, inspired by a remnant of polyurethane foam from a spray can.
- #5 Karin van Dam. Bumping Tumble Extended until 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.
- #4 Geert Mul. Horizons. Until 16 November 2008
An interactive installation, making a connection between the traditional museological concept of ‘collection’ and its contemporary variant: the
One Hundred Years of Dutch Design
Until 12 oktober 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.
Until 19 October 2008
The Mirrored Years confronts films and sculptures from the 1960s with recent installations, films and sculptures by the celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. The exhibition reveals the coherence of Kusama's oeuvre over the years while at the same time highlighting the freshness and innovative nature of certain themes explored in her work. Working in a highly idiosyncratic formal idiom and exploiting many different techniques, Kusama's work is the product of a lifelong interest in imagery and sensory experiences.
Surtout pas des principes!
Until 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.
Still Life with Shells
Until 18 January 2009
Iranian artist Shirana Shahbazi (1974) arranges and stages still lifes, modelled partly on works by the Old Masters. She photographs the still lifes and translates them into paintings or installations. One of the items in this first exhibition in the refurbished entrance area of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is modelled on a work from the museum’s collection, which Shahbazi took as an example, copied, photographed in black and white and then reworked into a painting by a commercial artist, with an alienating result.
Sgraffito in 3D
Late medieval earthenware as viewed by Joachim Rotteveel
25 October 2008 – 4 January 2009
Sgraffito is a decorative technique used in pottery to scratch figures in the wet clay. The museum has a collection of this kind of pottery dating from 1450 to 1550, to which some loaned works have now been added. The reason for this exhibition is a new investigation using techniques from the medical and industrial world. These innovative visualisation techniques are being used to scan, archive and print cultural heritage such as the sgraffito collection.
Images of Erasmus
8 November 2008 – 8 February 2009
Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) is one of the greatest Dutchmen of all time and this exhibition shows 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 masterpieces from collections at home and abroad by masters like Hans Holbein, Quinten Massys and Albrecht Dürer, some of these paintings are on show in the Netherlands for the first time.
The Collection Two
17 January 2009 – mid-2010
In The Collection Two, the museum presents its own collection anew. Two otherwise distinct disciplines will be shown together: drawings and paintings from the worldfamous collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will be hung side by side in the rooms on the upper floor of the Van der Steur building. The extensive (pre-)industrial and contemporary (Dutch) design collection is exhibited on the ground floor.
28 February – 3 May 2009
This first Dutch retrospective exhibition of Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist (1962) comprises nine large-scale installations, including two new works. The exhibition’s design is an experience in itself, taking the visitor into a world of happiness, ethics, erotica and a hint of gravity.
23 May – 23 Augustus 2009
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will display contemporary Brazilian art with a mix of high and low art, street art and politically engaged art, conceptual influences and sensory art. Central to the exhibition is the work of the untimely deceased artist Hélio Oiticia, whose influence is apparent in Brazilian art even today. This exhibition is part of the 2009 Rotterdam summer programme, which will be dominated by Brazilian culture featuring festive events and exhibitions in various museums, highlighting the rich variety of Brazilian culture.
The Art of Fashion
September 2009 – January 2010
Fashion as a source of inspiration for art and vice versa! A large international fashion exhibition about how fashion draws close to the visual arts in many ways. The exhibition shows how the borders between art and fashion are becoming ever more blurred and how both disciplines continually influence each other. Especially for this exhibition, Viktor & Rolf, Hussein Chalayan, Walter van Beirendonck, Anna Nicole Ziesche and Naomi Filmer will be awarded with exclusive assignments as part of the H+F Fashion on the Edge programme. The exhibition will also feature work by Dai Rees, Jana Bartak, Martin Margiela, Comme des Garçons and Bless.