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from October 10 2015 until January 17 2016
This autumn Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen uncovers everyday life in the sixteenth century: a world of brothels, skating parties, dancing peasant and quacks. 16th century society is depicted with irony and self-mockery in approximately forty paintings and as many prints. Some works contain a moral, but most are simply humorous. Nothing escaped the attention of these great artists. This is the first time that the extraordinary story of the origins of genre painting has been told in an exhibition.
The exhibition ‘From Bosch to Bruegel’ brings together ‘politically incorrect’ paintings and prints of the highest standard. Approximately forty sixteenth-century paintings and a similar number of prints will be brought to Rotterdam from important museums and private collections. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents the first ever exhibition devoted to sixteenth-century genre scenes, a radical departure from the traditions of religious art and portraiture.The museum will paintings from the pioneers of genre painting: Bosch, Lucas van Leyden and Quinten Massys and later masters such as Pieter Aertsen en Pieter Bruegel, supplemented by a broad range of sixteenth-century prints.
The five-hundred-year-old painting of St Christopher by Jheronimus Bosch is being restored in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in full view of visitors. This intriguing process can now be followed as part of this year’s major autumn exhibition, ‘Uncovering Everyday Life – From Bosch to Bruegel’. The restoration will take around eight months to complete. It can be seen in the Art Studio until January 2016. Click here for more information.
This exhibition will be on view in the galleries C and D on the second floor.
‘Uncovering Everyday Life – From Bosch to Bruegel’ is made possible in part through the generous support of BankGiro Loterij, Blockbusterfonds, VSBfonds, Mondriaan Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Stichting Zabawas, K.F. Hein Fonds, Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht, Nedspice Restauratiefonds, Bosch Research and Conservation Project, Boijmans Business Club, Kring Van Eycke, Rotterdam Partners, Uitagenda Rotterdam, Rotterdam Festivals, RET, Gemeente Rotterdam and Bosch 500.