The summer of Boijmans
June 2012

Design in Boijmans

Many people see Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen as a museum specially for design. No wonder. It has one of the finest collections of decorative arts and industrial design in the Netherlands. The museum regularly stages design exhibitions, including the recent New Energy in Design and Art and the 2011 Rotterdam Design Prize.

Gielijn Escher, Poster Lucian Bernhard, Stiller, 1908, lithography
Gielijn Escher, Poster Lucian Bernhard, Stiller, 1908, lithography

Since 2011 the museum has organised large and small design exhibitions as part of the programme ‘Design in Boijmans’. The latest offerings in this programme include this summer’s exhibition about poster designer and collector Gielijn Escher, the exhibition of collection of Cor and Sjoukje de Wit’s collection of Finnish glass, and the long-awaited retrospective exhibition of textile designer Frans Dijkmeijer (1936-2011) with fabrics by Kvadrat.

This summer the museum launches its series of ‘Design Columns’. Every three months we will present the most up-to-date developments in the field of design with recent projects and commentary by designers and critics. Over the coming years the museum hopes that the ‘Design Columns’ will stimulate a broad social and cultural dialogue.

Looking ahead
The summer months also see the start of the phased installation of the new displays of the design collection. The new presentation of highlights from the museum’s collection of decorative arts and design will be completed in December. From 29 September the designs of the winner of the Han Nefkens Fashion Award, the Korean designer Rejina Pyo, will be displayed in the museum in a special presentation.

In the spring of 2013 the museum will host a major exhibition in the Bodon galleries entitled ‘HAND MADE - Long Live Crafts’ about the tradition of craftsmanship. In addition to thematic presentations from the museum’s own collection augmented with special loans, the exhibition will allow the public to see designers and craftspeople at work.