Newsletter April 2010
April 2010


These coming months, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is presenting several extraordinary exhibitions. Please read on for the exhibitions calendar.

Exhibition Ritsue Mishima, photo: Fred Ernst
Exhibition Ritsue Mishima, photo: Fred Ernst

‘Trying is Buying’: Jac. Jongert, 1883-1942
Until 18 April 2010
Showing 300 pieces of his work, the museum presents an overview of Jac. Jongerts oeuvre. Between 1905 and 1940, he was one of the foremost designers in advertisements, book covers, textile and glass objects. His designs for Van Nelle coffee and tobacco manufacturers cover half the exhibition. Jongert played an important part in the design education of his age and was driven by social idealism. The exhibition shows Jongert as one of the very first advertising designers, creating art for the masses.

Intervention #12 Ine Lamers
Call Sheet
Until 18 April 2010
Ine Lamers (1956) studies the notion of dystopia in the video USTALA (Eng: I’m tired). On the basis of analogies and similarities with her own work she has also selected works from the museum’s collection.

Intervention #9 Sylvie Zijlmans & Hewald Jongenelis
Ten To One
Until 18 April 2010
Zijlmans and Jongenelis invited ten friends to eat with them in a meadow on ten consecutive days. They assembled the photographs of the ten meals to create a single image of a large feast. The friend’s outfits were created by hundred tailors in Beijing. ‘Ten To One’ will be displayed in the museum as a wall-sized installation.

Divided Divided - Carsten Höller
Until 25 April 2010
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will stage Carsten Höller’s exhibition Divided Divided. The contemporary artist is creating a 1,500 m2 installation especially for the museum. What’s more, visitors can spend the night in the Revolving Hotel Room. All the works on show are based on a simple mathematical formula that divides and re-divides the space and the objects into two.

Until 25 April 2010
Under the name of Portscapes an artistic journey took place in 2009, to the architectural, political, social and environmental past, present and future of the port of Rotterdam. Various (inter) national artists were asked to respond to, and to be inspired by the construction of the Second Maasvlakte. The projects including Fucking Good Art and work from Jan Dibbets were to follow over the years at various places in the harbor. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen shows the final results in the form of films and documentaries.

Acquisition Presentation Contemporary Drawings
Until 9 May 2010
For the third time Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is reflecting on its own collection in public. On this occasion it is the turn of national and international contemporary drawings. In the light of recent acquisitions and loans the museum is formulating guidelines for the future.

Ritsue Mishima
Until 30 May 2010
The Japanese glass artist Ritsue Mishima will be exhibiting glass objects in a specially constructed Japanese winter garden within the museum walls. Mishima has made most of the thirty or so pieces especially for this exhibition. The objects will be placed low to the ground and visitors will be able to walk along the path and see the Venetian glasswork at very close quarters. 

Lily van der Stokker - Terrible
Until 13 June 2010
Lily van der Stokker (b. 1954) made two wall-size three-dimensional murals especially for the Willem van der Vorm gallery. The Dutch artist works in a drawing-like manner with fluorescent colours and short, catchy texts such as ‘Terrible’ and ‘Why do it?’ Her cheerful, direct and sometimes confrontational works are a reaction to topical themes in the art world. She starts by making compositions in small sizes and then has them enlarged to intervene in the (public) space. Van der Stokker has created murals in many museums, galleries and art institutions in Europe and America.

Intervention #13 Anne Wenzel
Requiem of Heroism
Until July 2010
The artist Anne Wenzel from Rotterdam is showing recent ceramic works. She is presenting an installation made of ceramic and steal that has been made especially for the museum. The installation - an abandoned heroic memorial - fits seamlessly with the museum's 1930s architecture by Van der Steur.

Intervention # 14 Hans Wilschut - Perforated Perspective
24 April - 1 September 2010
In the stairwell of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, photographer Hans Wilschut (1966) is making an installation with photographs he took during his travels. His works tell a cultural story and at the same time play an exciting game with the stairwell designed by architects Robbrecht and Daem.

Van Meegeren’s Fake Vermeers
12 May – 22 August 2010
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents ‘Van Meegeren’s Fake Vermeers’, an exhibition of the famous forgeries of Han van Meegeren (1889-1947). Van Meegeren craftily exploited art historians’ desire to discover early works by Johannes Vermeer. During a famous court case in which Van Meegeren was accused of Nazi collaboration, he admitted that he had forged old master paintings, including several Vermeers. The exhibition explores Van Meegeren’s technique, his masterpieces and his downfall.

Thomas Demand - Nationalgalerie
29 May – 22 August 2010
Demand selected works that in some way are related to his own history or German history for his exhibition ‘Nationalgalerie’, which was previously staged in the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. The question: How will the exhibition do here, and does this tell us something about the image that the Dutch have of Germany?

Submarine Wharf: Atelier Van Lieshout
29 May – 26 September 2010
An unique collaboration between the Port of Rotterdam and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. An empty wharf of 5000m2 is used as the location for several summer-exhibitions with international appeal. The internationally renowned Atelier Van Lieshout from Rotterdam, will kick off this project in May 2010.

Olafur Eliasson - Notion Motion
22 May – 17 October 2010
In 2005 the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson developed a work especially for Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in which the central theme was the visualisation of light waves. Notion Motion, an interactive installation covering 1,500 m2, can be seen again this summer.

Kees van Dongen
18 September 2010 – 23 January 2011
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 his 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.

Hella Jongerius - Misfit
13 November 2010 - 27 February 2011
This autumn Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is presenting a selection of works by the industrial designer Hella Jongerius. Over the past fifteen years Jongerius has earned an international reputation for her innovative vision of design. In many of her works, including vases and tableware, she has created a link between industrial and craft production. Jongerius has also provided a surprising perspective on the narrative power of decoration in works such as her Embroidered Tablecloth (2000) and the Nymphenburg Sketches collection (2004). In one of her recent designs, Frog Table (2009), the decoration appears to emerge from and free itself from the table’s structure. As an almost autonomous element, the frog mediates between the object and the user.

Johan Thorn Prikker
13 November 2010 - 27 February 2011
The Dutch artist Johan Thorn Prikker (1868-1932) created a furore with his innovation experiments in stained glass. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is devoting an exhibition to his extensive and multifaceted oeuvre. Thorn Prikker’s creativity and love of experimentation will be explored in more than 250 objects, drawings, paintings and designs.

The Collection Two
Until end of 2010
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.