Sjarel Ex studied art history in Utrecht. He published on De Stijl Movement in its early stage (1919-22) and later stage (1923-31) from 1982 onwards, in particular on Vilmos Huszár and Theo van Doesburg and the influence of De Stijl at the Bauhaus and Germany. From 1984 to 1987 he was affiliated to Amsterdam Free University as an academic researcher. He wrote a biography of Vilmos Huszár and organized a solo exhibition of his work for the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in 1985. Organized as a free-lance curator exhibitions in public space and museums.
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From 1988 to 2004 he was director of the Centraal Museum Utrecht, where he was responsible for 300 exhibitions on design, fashion, today’s art and modern masters including Gerrit Rietveld, Theo van Doesburg, Georges Vantongerloo and Andor Weininger. He was responsible for several major extra-mural and site specific exhibitions in public spaces in Amsterdam (Century ’87, 1987), Utrecht (Nightlines, (1991), Panorama 2000 (1999)).
Since 2004 he has been Director of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. A museum that is listed among the most important and active institutions in the cultural field in the Netherlands and Europe. The museum organizes 30 exhibitions per year in Rotterdam including many international collaborations. The audience for the museum increased from round and about 185.000 in 2006 to round and about 300.000 in the recent years. From 2010 to 2014, during the summer, the museum mounted specific installations in the former 5000 square meter submarine wharf in the port. At the moment the museum is building a world’s first: a public depot, situated next to the Boijmans Museum, in the Museum Park. The museum plans to open Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen for its collections and collections of private collectors in 2021.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen invested in its local position by starting Boijmans Television in 2010, watched over by 1.8 million people in the region of Rotterdam. Through its educational program the museum connects with 50.000 children and specific groups per year. The museum works with a budget from the city of 50% of its annual costs and increases this budget with 50% out of own income, sponsoring and private gifts.