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Boijmans Abroad

‘Boijmans Abroad’ is one of the spearheads to keep the collection visible during the museum’s large-scale renovation and modernisation programme. ‘Boijmans Abroad’ ensures that people in different continents can acquaint themselves with the city of Rotterdam’s art collection.

From 12 June 2021, 180 works by more than forty Surrealists artists from the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will be shown on the other side of the world, in the Te Papa Tongarewa museum in Wellington. The exhibition The exhibition ‘Surreal Art. Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’ marks the start of a world tour. This is the first exhibition to be shown as part of the Transit program ‘Boijmans Abroad’.

‘During the transit years, art lovers can see artworks from the museum’s extensive collection at neighbouring institutions, in school classes and abroad. With Boijmans Abroad, ever-changing selections of masterpieces from Rotterdam’s collection can be seen in museums all around the world.’

Director Sjarel Ex.

Where in the world is Boijmans’ collection on display?

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen loans around 400 works of art to international museums every year. This exchange increases the museum’s reputation abroad and arouses the curiosity of art lovers to come to the Netherlands to explore Rotterdam’s collection in greater depth. Since 2015, the museum has developed a new programme of travelling exhibitions. Exhibitions have since been shown in China, Japan and Italy. In the coming years, Boijmans wants to collaborate even more intensively with museums and other institutions worldwide. Starting in New Zealand and later, a varying selection of artworks is expected to visit various museums around the world. So far, there have been exhibitions in China, Japan and Italy. In the coming years, Boijmans wants to partner even more intensively with museums and other institutions worldwide, beginning in New Zealand and then with a varying selection of artworks being shown in museums around the world.

Exhibitions abroad

An overview of which exhibitions of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen can be or could have been seen abroad:

Transit Boijmans Van Beuningen

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has been closed since 2019 for a large-scale renovation and modernisation project. During this Transit period, the museum is showing its world-class collection in venues throughout Rotterdam and around the world. It has entered into a unique partnership with eight neighbouring venues in the city under the name ‘Boijmans Next Door’. Boijmans is also operating internationally, with travelling exhibitions abroad. At the beginning of the 2019/20 school year, the museum began showing works from the collection in local schools as part of ‘Boijmans in the Classroom’. Since the beginning of 2020, Boijmans, Humanitas and other local partners have been active in a former school in Rotterdam Zuid at Hillevliet 90. In the meantime, the construction of Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is progressing steadily. The world’s first publicly accessible art storage facility will open in early 2021 and will safely house and display 151,000 works of art.

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