Images of Erasmus 2008
Images of Erasmus 2008


Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has much more to see and experience, and will be offering a wide range of exhibitions in the autumn and throughout 2009.

Shirana Shahbazi, Stilleben 26
Shirana Shahbazi, Stilleben 26

Surtout pas des principes!
Charley Toorop

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.

Sgraffito in 3D
Late medieval earthenware as viewed by Joachim Rotteveel

Until 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.

Shirana Shahbazi

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.

From the Ploos van Amstel Knoef collection
Dutch drawings 1780 / 1860
8 November 2008 - 8 February 2009

In 1998 the Cornelis Ploos van Amstel Knoef Foundation donated more then 4,500 drawings and sketchbooks to the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Foundation. A selection of the nineteenthcentury drawings collected by Jan Knoef (1896-1948) and Baron C.J. Schimmelpenninck van der Oije (1906-1987) is presented in the new print room.

25 October 2008 - 3 May 2009

The installation ‘Copy Right’ by the Danish artcollective Superflex is composed of fiftysix chairs placed in a minimalistic 'grid'. The chairs are reproductions of the design from 1953 by the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. By modifying every chair by hand, Superflex changes the serial produced designclassics into unique pieces. Since 1994 Superflex designs socalled ‘Counter economic strategies’. Using installations, performances or project, the colective offers playfull, artistic and critical solutions for social issues.

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

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.

Pipilotti Rist
7 March – 10 May 2009

This first Dutch solo exhibition of Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist (1962) comprises ten videoart works that are new or never been shown before. 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
Installing Allusions

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.