Episode 7: The nature of the beast

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 7: The nature of the beast

To his amazement, Arie finds a sheep behind the desk of Mandy’s box-office. He takes it to designer Christien Meindertsma, for she’s got something with sheep. She had a series of 25 sweaters made; each sweater used the wool of exactly one sheep. And it turned out that the better the life of the sheep, the prettier the sweater. ‘Oh’, says Arie, ‘so you have good sheep and less good sheep?’

In the meantime, Bregje welcomes a group of German Shepherds with their owners. The dogs lick their lips at the game shown on the 17th-century still-lifes in the museum. Mandy shows her love for animals. Marco wants to come into the museum with his dog, something that is normally not permitted, but this time she turns a blind eye to it. Then she goes off to look for her sheep. A mysterious duck also pays a visit to the museum, in search of relatives.

The dogs seem to feel completely at home in the ‘Double Steel Cage’ of artist Bruce Nauman. Nauman wanted to induce an oppressive feeling in the visitor, Bregje explains to her group. The animals are not bothered by that at all, but apparently their owners are. But is this art? ‘This has just as much to do with art as the kennel in my garden’, concludes one of the dog owners.

Watch this episode on ARTtube! Click here for more information about the exhibition by Bruce Nauman.Work by Christien Meindertsma is on view in 'Hand Made: Long Live Crafts'. Read more about this exhibition here.