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Boijmans Next Door

Some 500 masterpieces are being displayed in eleven special exhibitions at eight neighbouring institutions under the title ‘Boijmans Next Door’.

"Boijmans Next Door' is being hosted for the second year. The exhibitions in these guest venues create encounters between Boijmans’ collection and those of its neighbours. From February 2021, the Maritime Museum is showing a selection of seascapes, and the Wereldmuseum will be showing masterpieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Van Eijck. 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.

Now on view

Remix Rotterdam. Boijmans x Wereldmuseum - Wereldmuseum

4 September 2020 until 9 January 2022

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.

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Remix Rotterdam. Boijmans x Wereldmuseum - Wereldmuseum

Art means Everything - Chabot Museum

2 June until 29 November 2020

The Chabot Museum presents the second exhibition in the series ‘Boijmans Next Door’. In ‘Art Means Everything’, famous works by modern masters from the collections of the Chabot Museum and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen hang together for the first time. Together, the works provide a fresh look at Expressionism in the Netherlands and further afield, with works by Monet, Munch and Picasso. The exhibition explores the predecessors of Expressionism, works from the movement’s heyday, and important post-war developments with a selection of iconic works by Appel, Chabot, Constant, de Kooning and Wolvecamp.

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Herman Kruyder, The Dog, 1934, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Purchase with the support of Vereniging Rembrandt 1979
Herman Kruyder, The Dog, 1934, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Purchase with the support of Vereniging Rembrandt 1979 More information
Edvard Munch, Two Girls under an Apple Tree in Bloom, 1905, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Edvard Munch, Two Girls under an Apple Tree in Bloom, 1905, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam More information

Human Appearances – Strength & Vulnerability – Erasmus MC

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.

The safety of the visitors and staff of the Erasmus MC is the first priority, so the guidelines of the RIVM should be followed during your visit.

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Forged Together: Masters in Silver – Tax and Customs Museum

9 June until 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.

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Maritime Masterpieces – Maritiem Museum

11 February 2021 - 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.

Maritime Masterpieces – Maritiem Museum


Picasso on Paper - Kunsthal Rotterdam

Branding Rotterdam – Chabot Museum

The Dizzying Imagination of Piranesi – Kunsthal Rotterdam

Masterly! – Kunsthal Rotterdam

Rothko & me – Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

Rotterdam's Studio Secrets - Museum Rotterdam

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.

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