Winter 2009
December 2009

The Newest Collection

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen reflects on its own contemporary art collection in public. Until the 7th of February the museum is showing the surreal perceptual world of six modern artists in six galleries. Items from the collection will be augmented with loans.

Robert Gober, Untitled, 1990, human hair, wax, cotton, wood, leather
Robert Gober, Untitled, 1990, human hair, wax, cotton, wood, leather

Until 7 February 2010

The work of Robert Gober, one of the great names in contemporary art, can finally be seen in the museum. In ‘The Newest Collection’ you can admire Untitled (torso), his famous wax butt with real human hair. The exhibition also includes several loans the artist has made available after discussion with the museum. The wallpaper ‘Hanging Man / Sleeping Man’, which the museum has purchased, is also on display. There are works in five other rooms by Sarah Lucas, Daan van Golden, Helena van der Kraan, Maria Roosen and Sharon Lockhart, all of whom reflect an aspect of Gober’s work in their own individual manner.

The fifty works by these artists are very different in materials and style. The context and the period in which they were created are different too. But all of them draw their inspiration from everyday life, the immediate environment and intimacy. These artists transform everyday objects into new shapes with individual identities.

The museum is showing these works as a way of reflecting on its own art collection in public. The exhibition sets past purchases alongside works of art on loan. The museum’s collection of contemporary art is not on permanent display, but is shown in presentations like this, the second in a series.