The summer of Boijmans
June 2012

Minimal Myth

This summer there is more contemporary art at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. From 2 June highlights from the museumís collection of Minimalist art will enter into confrontation with the work of specially invited contemporary artists.

Donald Judd - Galvanized Iron 17 January 1973, purchase Fonds W. van Rede, 1979
Donald Judd - Galvanized Iron 17 January 1973, purchase Fonds W. van Rede, 1979

The exhibition ‘Minimal Myth’ juxtaposes the work of two distinct generations. Works by twenty Minimalist artists from the museum’s collection come together with works by thirteen specially invited contemporary artists. The exhibition in the Bodon galleries included sculptures, paintings, prints, drawings and photographs.

Minimalist icons and contemporary voices
Minimalism had its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s. This exhibition features icons such as Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Mel Bochner, Jan Schoonhoven and Ad Dekkers. The work of the contemporary artists, including Oscar Tuazon, Monika Sosnowska, Nathan Hylden, Raphael Hefti, Ned Vena, Martijn Hendriks and Nick Oberthaler, is inspired by the ideas and working methods of the Minimalist artists. They have used these concepts, but without suppressing their own personality. The majority are young, between 30 and 40, and some of them are exhibiting in a museum for the first time.

History of the Bodon galleries
‘Minimal Myth’ is displayed in the Bodon galleries, which were opened in 1972 and were designed to offer room for the large installations being made at that time. This space made it possible, for example, to display the installation ‘A Computer Which Will Solve Every Problem in the World / 3-12 Polygon’ by Walter De Maria. This work comprising seventy-five elements was designed specially for this space in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Although this work will not be shown in the exhibition ‘Minimal Myth’, the exhibition will have a similar contemplative atmosphere. An atmosphere that shows the Bodon galleries at their best.

Minimal Myth runs until 16 September.

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