The annual report of the year 2008 has been published in May. This review contains interviews with the ten members of the museumís staff who are most visible to the public.
Foreword from the Annual Report 2008
The economic crisis did not impact on Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in 2008. The need for surprise, innovation, knowledge and pleasure seemed greater than ever. The public flocked to exhibitions like Dutch Primitives, Surtout pas des principes! Charley Toorop and Images of Erasmus, all supported by the museum’s own art historical research and publications. Exhibitions of contemporary artists such as Yayoi Kusama and Roy Villevoye also attracted large numbers and gained international recognition. Last year’s museum programme again included interventions by contemporary rtists such as Geert Mul, Adam Colton, Karin van Dam and Olaf Nicolai, not forgetting presentations by Sarkis, Harmen Brethouwer, Olphaert den Otter and Ewoud van Rijn. All in all, the activities created numerous unforgettable, educational,
visual and aesthetic experiences. The museum was wellvisited throughout the year, and visitor numbers increased by almost 19 percent. This is a fantastic figure that will be analyzed in greater detail over the next few months. The proportion of visitors from other countries rose from 12 to 16 percent. Educationally the museum is in its element with a varied programme for young and old. We succeeded in completing an ambitious building programme: the new print room (with an ordering service), an updated entrance foyer and even a new roof on the Bodon Building—all this while the museum remained open. This does not, though, mean that the financial outlook is rosy. The fact that the subsidy has remained at the same level while costs continue to rise means that the museum is ever more dependent on its own earnings and also on considerable external financial support.
The Collection and Research Sector has gone from strength to strength. A huge amount of work went into The Collection Two, a new exhibition that was opened to the public on 17 January 2009. A great deal of care has gone into the conservation and management of the collection. The prints and drawings now have excellent new accommodation, and the plans for a new repository or a collection building look promising and will be evaluated by the local authority in early 2009. A conservation programme for the glass collection is going ahead. An important digitizing subsidy has been granted for the ALMA Project (Linking Image to Artefact). And requests for loans, especially abroad, are at their highest. Some splendid acquisitions have been added to the collection.
A heartfelt word of thanks on behalf of the Supervisory Board is due here to the people, the funds, the foundations and the companies that have enabled us to achieve so many ambitions. I would also particularly like to thank the staff and volunteers of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the directors of the foundations for their dedication and for the pleasure they bring to their work. All the objectives of Global & Local, the longterm policy plan, came a step closer in 2008, or were achieved in full.
Director, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
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