Delta is an institution in Rotterdam’s art scene. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is celebrating this remarkable gallery’s fiftieth anniversary with an exhibition and publication.
In 2000 Hans Sonnenberg, the founder and owner of Rotterdam’s gallery Delta and a passionate collector, gave the museum fifteen works from his private collection. The gift comprises several paintings by CoBrA artists, a larger group of Pop works, two works by the Italian artist Piero Manzoni and two paintings by the ‘enfant terrible’ of New York’s 1980s art world, Jean-Michel Basquiat. This important donation forms the core of the exhibition in the Willem van der Vorm Gallery. Although the forty works in the exhibition encompass a broad range of styles and media, Sonnenberg has a particular preference for paintings: ‘Expressionist paintings, wonderfully thick with paint’ as he writes in his extensive essay in the Boijmans Studie, which is being published to coincide with the exhibition. In addition to bringing internationally renowned artists to Rotterdam, since establishing the gallery in 1962 Sonnenberg has also championed important homegrown talent such as Mathieu Ficheroux, Daan van Golden and Woody van Amen.
The exhibition ‘Mister Delta – a gallery owner and collector in the museum’ runs from 11 February.
The Dutch-language publication will be available in the museum shop from 11 February and can be ordered online from the webshop.