Press News Spring 2009
February 2009

Exhibition calendar

An overview of all the current and future exhibitions at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Helio Oiticica, Bolide 3 Caixa 3 Africana, 1963
Helio Oiticica, Bolide 3 Caixa 3 Africana, 1963

The Collection Two
From 17 January 2009

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is 160 years old this year. To celebrate this anniversary the museum’s collections are being presented in new displays. For the first time the museum’s world-famous collection of prints and drawings is being combined with paintings, sculpture, the applied arts and design. The museum’s prints and drawings collection contains more than 80,000 works of art and is one of the most important collections in the world. The applied arts collection, ranging from medieval to contemporary design, is also presented anew.

Intervention #8 Victor Man
from 17 January 2009
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has invited the young Romanian artist Victor Man (Cluj, 1974) to make an intervention within The Collection Two, the museum’s anniversary exhibition. Victor Man’s installation is a balanced combination of his own works and paintings from the museum’s collection.

Charles Avery
The Islanders: An Introduction
28 February 2009 - 7 June 2009

Since 2004 Charles Avery (born, Scotland, 1973) has been working on 'The Islanders', an epic project which seeks to define an imaginary Island. Through drawings, models and texts Avery describes the topology, cosmology and inhabitants of this fictional territory, from the market of Onomatopoeia (being the name of the main town) to the Eternal forest where an unknown beast called the Noumenon is held to reside.

Intervention #9 Sylvie Zijlmans & Hewald Jongenelis
Ten to One
From 28 February 2009

Sylvie Zijlmans and Hewald Jongenelis invited ten friends to eat with them in a meadow on ten consecutive days. Each day they moved their friends, the tables and the food closer to the horizon. They assembled the photographs of the ten meals to create a single image of a large feast. ‘Ten to One’ will be displayed in the museum from 28 February as a wall-sized installation.

The video organism of Pipilotti Rist
7 March – 10 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.

Ryan Gander
Heralded as the new black
23 March 2009 – 24 May 2009

#10 Tobias Putrih
23 May 2009- 30 August 2009

Brazil Contemporary
30 May 2009 – 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 Oiticica, 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
19 September 2009 – 10 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.

De Maria, Neto, Fudong and Eliasson
Summer 2010

The galleries built in 1972 by the architect Alexander Bodon (1906-1993) are ideally suited to a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions: no subtle detailing, just three enormous and flexible spaces that can be subdivided to meet the needs of each individual exhibition. In order to give our visitors the opportunity to re-experience several breathtaking displays, in the summer of 2009 the following four exhibitions will be restaged: A computer which will Solve Every Problem in the World /3 -12 Polygon by Walter De Maria, Celula Nave. It Happens in the Body of Time, Where Truth Dances by Ernesto Neto, The Revival of the Snake by Yang Fudong and Notion Motion by Olafur Eliasson. Each display will be shown for three weeks.

Van Dongen
Autumn 2010

A world-class exhibition to match the extraordinary artistic verve of Kees van Dongen. Through a selection of eighty paintings, the exhibition charts Van Dongen’s early years, his breakthrough and later international success. While offering an overview of his entire career, the exhibition focuses on the period 1907-1914 which was so crucial to his artistic development.