In recent months the museum has made three important new acquisitions: the works by Alex Israel, Thomas Huber and a Netherlandish painting from the period before Jan van Eyck are now on display.
Collector Bert Kreuk recently gave the work ‘Sky Backdrop’ by Alex Israel on loan to the museum. Since the grand opening on 8 June, the painting has been on display behind the egg by Jeff Koons. Read more on the website.
In mid-July the museum installed a two-part work by Thomas Huber. One of the paintings has been acquired by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the other by the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. The joint acquisition means that in the future the two parts of the work can always be shown together, either in Utrecht or Rotterdam. In Rotterdam the work is part of an installation of church interiors by Saenredam, Van Vliet and others.
On 17 July the museum succeeded in purchasing a work that was high on its wish list: a Netherlandish triptych from the period before Jan van Eyck. The costly work, acquired with funds from important public and private foundations, was discovered during the preparations for the exhibition ‘The Road to Van Eyck’ by Boijmans’ curator Friso Lammertse and his German colleague Stephan Kemperdick from the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin. From today the rare triptych is on permanent display. Read more about this acquisition in the press release.