Episode 1: Whatever you can get for it

Since 2010 the museum has been producing its own art programme, Boijmans TV, in association with RTV Rijnmond, Popov Film and Ro Theater, a world first. The first 13-part series of Boijmans TV proved to be a great success, drawing approximately 140,000 viewers per episode on TV Rijnmond. In January 2013 started a new series of Boijmans TV.

Episode 1: Whatever you can get for it

In episode 1 of Boijmans TV 2013, a group of economics students and guide Bregje van der Laar take a closer look at this important question. The discussion is triggered by Jeff Koons’ enormous 'Baroque Egg with Bow (Orange/Magenta)', which was purchased in 2011 by a private collector for 6.2 million dollars. Does the value depend directly on the fame of the artist? Is it proportional to the beauty of the subject depicted? Does the concept of supply and demand apply or does it simply come down to ‘whatever you can get for it’?

As the students fantasise with graphs and profitability models that give insight into the true worth of art, security guard Arie interrogates the artist Dadara. Dadara is also a bank manager and issues his own money, in wonderful notes of zero, million and infinity. But not everybody believes they have any value. Why do people believe that the Euro has any value?

The artistic couple in the espresso bar, enjoying a cup of coffee amidst old and new media, also has an unusual attitude towards money. Pay?

And cashier Mandy isn’t happy. The Dutch winter is making her pale and lifeless. Until Museum Director Sjarel Ex cheers her up with his remark that she is ‘the museum’s human face.’

Watch this episode on ARTtube! Would you like to know more about 'Baroque Egg with Bow (Orange/ Magenta)' by Jeff Koons? View the Collection Online!