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In 2008, a new, internal depository for the drawings, prints and rare books was opened (in total around 70,000 objects).
The storage conditions for the other collection components in the current situation are far from ideal. In the period 2010-2015 - while waiting for a long-term solution in the form of a new depository - a number of the most urgent bottlenecks will be addressed. Other matters of concern can only be removed once a new depository has been built.
First of all, at the start of 2010, four of the nine in-house depositories were renovated, i.e., protected against water and fire. Before carrying out the renovation of the depositories, all the art works and objects had to be temporarily housed elsewhere. This took place in the Kunsthal, where from 6 February to 16 May the exhibition: “Inside out: Museum Boijmans van Beuningen visits the Kunsthal” was held. Before the more than 12,000 objects were transported to the Kunsthal, they were all checked and photographed. They were mainly paintings, sculptures and ceramics. The renovated depositories were completed in May. A large proportion of the works returned to the museum, but since the depositories were previously overflowing, the surplus works have been housed in temporary, external depositories that have been leased with this purpose in mind. The past years, external storage space was rented annually. Parallel to this, work will continue on finalising the plans for the building of a new, external depository: The Collection Building that will be ready in 2017. This is taking place in close collaboration with Municipality of Rotterdam and Foundation 'De Verre Bergen'.