Each episode puts the spotlight on a particular work from the collection, an artist and a special guest.
First episode: Opening Night
The guide, played by actress Jacqueline Blom from RO Theater, takes a group of young Muslim women to see the ‘Tower of Babel’ by Pieter Bruegel. Mime artist Yahya Gaier plays a museum technician who is surprised by the diversity of the visitors. Rogier Philipoom from RO Theater plays a guard who engages in a fascinating conversation with the artist Carsten Höller through a hole in the gallery floor. Carsten Höller currently has a solo exhibition at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
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Each episode of Boijmans TV follows three characters. The guide shows a group of visitors around the permanent collection, focussing on a particular art work in each episode. The guard chats with an artist about the ideas behind his or her works. The technician encounters all manner of intriguing situations while replacing a lamp or fixing a plinth in the galleries.
In the second episode the guide takes a group of bodybuilders to see the work ‘I’m Too Sad To Tell You’ by Bas Jan Ader, which moves her to tears. Two weeks later she shows a group of magicians ‘The Supper at Emmaus’ by the master forger Han van Meegeren. In the final episode she takes a group of Chinese pensioners to see the ‘Little Dancer Aged Fourteen’ by Edgar Degas.
Artists who exhibit at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen are questioned about their ideas and fantasies by the guard in Maurizio Cattelan’s cellar. In the third episode he interviews the Rotterdam-based artist Anne Wenzel, and in the sixth episode on 26 May he quizzes Joep van Lieshout.