Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s collection is being dispersed across Rotterdam and Schiedam. Some 500 masterpieces are being displayed in eleven special exhibitions at eight neighbouring institutions under the title ‘Boijmans Next Door’. The exhibitions in these guest venues create encounters between Boijmans’ collection and those of its neighbours.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s collection is being dispersed across Rotterdam and Schiedam. Some 500 masterpieces are being displayed in eleven special exhibitions at eight neighbouring institutions under the title ‘Boijmans Next Door’. The exhibitions in these guest venues create encounters between Boijmans’ collection and those of its neighbours. This year, the Maritime Museum is showing a selection of seascapes, and the Kunsthal is showing masterpieces by more than twenty artists across five centuries – from Hendrick Goltzius to Jean-Michel Basquiat. As a result, you don’t have to miss out on seeing the collection during the museum’s renovation. ‘Boijmans Next Door’ has been made possible by Stichting Droom en Daad.
Masterly! – Kunsthal Rotterdam
Up to and including 29 March 2020
More than 130 works from the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen highlight the special connection between drawing and painting, and show the great masters’ love of drawing. The drawings seem to bring you closer to the artist and are often much freer and more intimate than the paintings we know from these masters. ‘Masterly!’ shows the great mastery of artists who excelled in both art forms, allowing visitors to compare their drawings and paintings.Read more
Rotterdam's Studio Secrets – Museum Rotterdam
Up to and including 19 April 2020
Kees van Dongen’s red-light district, seventeenth-century women’s fashions, streets destroyed by the bombing, George Hendrik Breitner’s pioneering street photography, the affair of Hendrick Sorgh’s sister-in-law, who married the Rotterdam-born painter Crijn Volmarijn. These studio secrets and many more are revealed in the exhibition ‘Rotterdam’s Studio Secrets’ at Museum Rotterdam. Paintings and objects from the collections of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and Museum Rotterdam come together to provide a unique new image of the Rotterdam of the past.Read more
Rothko & me – Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
Up to and including 22 March 2020
During the renovation of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, one of only two Rothko paintings in the Netherlands, ‘Grey, Orange on Maroon, No. 8’, is on view at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, only six metro stops from Rotterdam. In Schiedam, the painting can be experienced in a totally new way. How does it feel to be completely alone with this artwork? You can find out for yourself in the exhibition ‘Rothko & Me’ at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam.Read more
Human Appearances – Strength & Vulnerability – Erasmus MC
Up to and including 28 May 2021
The exhibition ‘Human Images – Strength & Vulnerability’ at the Erasmus University Medical Center is the sixth in the series of eleven exhibitions that make up ‘Boijmans Next Door’. Sculptures by Rodin, Van Pallandt, Mascherini and Maillol adorn the hospital’s covered garden in the heart of the city. The giant cast-iron figure ‘Grosse Geister (Figure No. 8)’ by artist Thomas Schütte welcomes visitors at the RG 101H entrance (near the atrium). At the Erasmus MC, where the human body is central, this exhibition celebrates the strength and vulnerability of the body.Read more
Forged Together: Masters in Silver – Tax and Customs Museum
Up to and including 17 January 2021
Silver fuses the collections of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Tax and Customs Museum during ‘Boijmans Next Door’. Stunning silver goblets, tobacco boxes and salt cellars are being rehoused from the Museumpark to the Parklaan. The exhibition tells the story of the taxation of silver. Juxtaposed with paintings depicting silver items, such as Jan Steen’s world-famous work ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’, the collection is exhibited in an entirely new context.Read more
Art Represents Everything – Chabot Museum
22 March 2020 – 20 September 2020
From 22 March, the Chabot Museum is showing ‘Art Means Everything’, the museum’s second exhibition as part of ‘Boijmans Next Door’. Well-known works by modern masters from the collections of the Chabot Museum and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen are shown together for the first time in the airy architecture of the modernist villa, giving a fresh perspective on Dutch and international Expressionism. From the precursors of Expressionism, via Expressionist masterpieces to post-war variants, the exhibition features works by Monet, Picasso, Munch, Jawlenski, Van Dongen, De Kooning, Appel, Constant and, of course, Chabot.Read more
Remix Rotterdam. Boijmans x Wereldmuseum - Wereldmuseum
Expected in spring 2020
The exhibition ‘Remix Rotterdam. Boijmans x Wereldmuseum’ challenges visitors to the Wereldmuseum to look at the Boijmans’ collection in a different way. Combining the collections of both museums gives an insight into the world in which the objects were created. The combination of historical and contemporary design, ethnographic objects and visual art is exciting and makes unknown histories visible. For example, the blue-and-white Syrian ointment jar depicted in Jan Van Eyck’s painting ‘The Three Marys at the Tomb’ from around 1425 is evidence of trade routes in the Middle Ages. It is the earliest known depiction of Arabic pottery in European visual art.
Maritime Masterpieces – Maritiem Museum
17 October 2020 – 4 September 2022
Sublime seascapes from the 16th to the 21st centuries are brought together in the Maritime Museum as part of Boijmans Next Door. Art history and maritime history merge in a mix and match of paintings and model ships and other items from the collection of the Maritime Museum. The exhibition includes images of rough seas, maritime artillery, river and harbour views and ships caught in ice, and features famous Golden Age marine painters such as Willem van de Velde, nineteenth-century masters such as Claude Monet and contemporary works by Bas Jan Ader.
Boijmans in Transit
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is modernising. Last year, the museum began a much-needed, large-scale renovation, which is expected to take seven years. During this Transit period, the museum is venturing out into Rotterdam and further afield to ensure that its world-class collection remains visible to the public. More than five hundred works of art from the collection are featured in eleven surprising exhibitions in the Rotterdam area. Boijmans has also curated a series of exhibitions that are travelling to foreign museums. Since the beginning of the last academic year, the museum has been introducing schoolchildren in Rotterdam to real artworks from the collection in the programme ‘Boijmans in the Classroom’. In the meantime, the construction of Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is nearing completion. The world’s first publicly accessible art storage facility will open in early 2021 and will house 151,000 works of art.