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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.
Knowledge and experience generally go hand in hand: but not in art. Anybody with a lot of knowledge about art may, after all, sometimes neglect to really experience the work. And on the contrary, for a naive viewer, the coin drops immediately: knowledge comes immediately on the back of understanding.
The toddlers who are taken on a discovery trip of the museum by tour guide Bregje in episode 8 of Boijmans TV 2013, really don’t need her words of wisdom. They are happy (so happy!) and show that by unconsciously grabbing their nose when they see that Salvador Dalí has made a mess of things with the goddess Venus.
Arie too is happy for he discovers Erik van Lieshout in the hole of Cattelan and can finally ask what the artist has been doing since the major exhibition in 2006. Van Lieshout explains what he is good at and suggests that he is not a strict artist but a social one; what’s more, there’s room for further growth. The question, however, is whether he will ever achieve the stature of the married couple who continually creep away from the enthusiastic toddlers and so shyly and hesitatingly admire Van Lieshout’s ‘Masturbating Girl’.