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April 2011

The Collection Enriched

From 16 April 2011

From Bosch to Goya to Magritte: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents new displays of its impressive collection, now enriched with more than 20 masterpieces from museums in the Netherlands and abroad.

Jan van Scorel (Schoorl 1495 - Utrecht 1562) Portrait of a Young Scholar, 1531, oil on panel, 46.6 x 35 cm, collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Jan van Scorel (Schoorl 1495 - Utrecht 1562) Portrait of a Young Scholar, 1531, oil on panel, 46.6 x 35 cm, collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Every two years Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen re-hangs its collection. The new displays open on 16 April. After months of intensive preparations behind the scenes, repainting and installing, the museum is presenting its collection in a completely new light in more than forty galleries.

Showpieces from abroad
This time the displays are ‘enriched’ with more than 20 loans from other museums in the Netherlands and from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s extraordinary collection contains masterpieces by old masters such as Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Rubens, Rembrandt, Dürer and Titian. But it also includes modern masters such as Kandinsky and Magritte. Among the paintings that will enrich the museum’s collection for three years are works by Tintoretto, Goya and Van Gogh. The museum in Antwerp is even lending a portrait by Memling.

400 masterpieces
The twenty loans join some 350 paintings and sculptures from the museum’s own collection, representing Western art from 1500 to 1940, in a highly surprising series of displays in more than forty galleries in the Van der Steur building. The Collection Enriched has its own entrance, so that the visitor has a classic museum experience and a true journey through the history of art. An odyssey through 400 masterpieces with new insights and combinations.

The Collection Enriched will be officially opened by the museum’s director Sjarel Ex and guest curator Peter Hecht on Saturday 16 April at 3.00 p.m. The opening will take place in the pavilion/museum restaurant.

The new displays have been conceived, selected and interpreted by guest curator Peter Hecht, professor of art history at Utrecht University under the auspices of a fellowship from the Rembrandt Society. The displays have been designed by stylist Maarten Spruyt together with the artist Peter Struycken, who has designed the colour palette for the galleries.

The Collection Enriched has been financed by the bequest of Mrs N.C. van Riemsdijk-Borsje (2006), intended to endow the museum’s collection of old masters, and is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, the Rembrandt Society, Sikkens and the Rabobank, the museum’s education partner.

Films on ArtTube
Keep an eye on ArtTube. Don’t miss the films with curators talking about their favourite objects from the collection. Fascinating stories, crazy anecdotes and since admiration. Look here!