Episode 6: Growth

Still from Boijmans TV

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 6: Growth

‘There’s a giant at my counter,’ announces Mandy to security, when a giant of a latecomer reports for Bregje’s tour. Bregje was just about to discuss the painting ‘The new generation’ by Jan Toorop with her group of young fathers with babies in carriers. In this painting, Toorop showed time rushing by, but, according to Bregje, he also wanted to express the vulnerability of parenthood.

In the meantime, Marco is taken by his adolescent son Jordi to see the installation of Tanja Smeets - it’s Jordi’s favourite work. This environment, made from thousands of plastic concrete butterflies has given him the courage to start a conversation with his father about personal growth. For Tanja Smeets, growth can go in all directions; her work is open and searches for a route past fixed points in the environment.

At the ticket desk things are getting out of hand: the flyers Mandy uses to get people to vote for her are threatening to overrun the whole counter and her as well! The blood-curdling finale shows the excesses of proliferation caused by Tanja Smeets: run for your life!

Watch this episode on ARTtube! Click here for more information about the exhibition by Tanja Smeets, and here for more information about ‘The new generation’ by Jan Toorop.