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Exhibitions

A look back at the exhibitions of Sjarel Ex at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Dive into the exhibition archive of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and view a selection of a long series of top exhibitions that Boijmans director Sjarel Ex worked on during his eighteen years at the museum.

Images of Erasmus

up to and including 09 February 2009

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (1466-1536) was celebrated throughout Europe in his own lifetime. In 2008 some 150 extraordinary works of art were brought together from all over the world in a major cultural and historical exhibition. Some of were never seen in the Netherlands before. They provided a picture of Erasmus’s importance and the influence his writings had on society and the arts. Portraits The greatest artists of his day counted it an honour to portray Erasmus. The most important of these portraits were done by Quinten Massys (1466-1530), Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/98-1543) and Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). The exhibition explores the way Erasmus himself wanted to be seen by posterity.

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Dutch Primitives - Paintings from the late Middle Ages

up to and including 25 May 2008

Bringing together more than sixty rare and poignant works, this exhibition at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen provided an impressive survey of late medieval painting in Holland. The panels that make up this unique exhibition came from museums all around the world. Little is known about the Dutch primitives active around 1500, but they were certainly the match for their Flemish contemporaries. The work of the most important exponent, Geertgen tot Sint Jans from Haarlem, displays an unprecedented expressiveness. His realistic depiction of emotions and his eye for detail were typical of painting in Holland.

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Dutch Primitives - Paintings from the late Middle Ages

The Road to Van Eyck

 up to and including 10 February 2013

In the autumn of 2012, the extremely valuable and fragile works by one of Europe’s most brilliant painters, Jan van Eyck (Maaseik? c.1390 – Bruges 1441), were brought together in Rotterdam from all over Europe and the United States. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is showing the paintings of this artist, long considered the father of oil painting, alongside other masterpieces by other artists of this period.

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Oskar Kokoschka - Portraits of People and Animals

up to and including 19 January 2014

Gustav Klimt called him ‘the greatest talent of the younger generation’. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen showed the work of Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980), the master painter who has inspired generations of artists. This major retrospective brought together Kokoschka’s confrontational portraits more than half a century after his work was last exhibited in the Netherlands.The exhibition was a huge success, and more than 115,000 people visited the museum while it was running.

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Oskar Kokoschka - Portraits of People and Animals

Carsten Höller - Divided Divided

 up to and including 25 April 2010

In the museum’s largest gallery, with more than 1,500 m2 of floor space, he applied a simple arithmetical formula that repeatedly divides the space and the objects in it into two, creating an entity that heightens the visitor’s experience: Divided Divided sharpens all the senses.

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Carsten Höller - Divided Divided

Pipilotti Rist - Let Your Hair Down

up to and including 26 May 2019

In Pipilotti Rist’s installation ‘Let Your Hair Down’ you can leave everyday things behind for a moment, surrender yourself to the video art as you literally float in the air. Visitors to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen can climb into a large, colourful, thick rope net and watch the video in the installation.

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Pipilotti Rist - Let Your Hair Down

Hella Jongerius - Breathing Colour

up to and including 12 August 2018

Drawing on 15 years of colour research, designer Hella Jongerius presents a series of installations that deepen our understanding of colour. She has created a collection of specially designed objects that demonstrate how the experience of colour and form is affected by changing daylight throughout the day. In addition Hella Jongerius has selected together with artist Mathieu Meijers artworks from the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. 

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Hella Jongerius - Breathing Colour

La La La Human Steps

up to and including 23 May 2015

The major spring exhibition ‘La La La Human Steps’ in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen featured a hundred works of art from the museum’s collection. They all deal with la condition humaine: human failings. Four top choreographers created a duet especially for the exhibition.

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La La La Human Steps

Ugo Rondinone - Vocabulary of Solitude

up to and including 29 May 2016

In the spring of 2016 you could explore the magical world of artist Ugo Rondinone (Brunnen 1964) in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. He brought together new and existing works in a large installation like a colour spectrum revealing the various facets of existence. Forty-five life-size clown sculptures will form the centrepiece of his first solo exhibition in the Netherlands: ‘Ugo Rondinone -Vocabulary of Solitude’.

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Ugo Rondinone - Vocabulary of Solitude

Design Derby

up to and including 13 September 2015

In this ‘design derby’ the design icons of the Netherlands and Belgium faced each other in an exciting confrontation. From the sumptuous and elegant Belgian Art Nouveau to the more austere Dutch version and from the contemporary traditional tours de force from Belgium to the level-headed Dutch Design of today. The Netherlands has won this match with 10.504 votes against 7.987 votes for Belgium.

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Design Derby

Hand Made - Long Live Crafts

up to and including 20 May 2013

In the spring of 2013 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen took crafts as its principal theme. An exhibition with more than 500 objects presented the most exceptional examples of artistic crafts. With a complementary programme of demonstrations of traditional techniques, films and documentaries, markets and a whole variety of workshops, Hand Made brought crafts to life.

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Hand Made - Long Live Crafts

netherlands ⇄ bauhaus - pioneers of a new world

up to and including 26 May 2019

Before commencing its large-scale renovations, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen pulls out all the stops with the exhibition ‘netherlands ⇄ bauhaus – pioneers of a new world’. 2019 is the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the revolutionary art and design school whose influence can still be felt today. Almost 800 objects – artworks, furniture, ceramics, textiles, photographs, typography and architectural drawings – provide a unique insight into the inspirational interactions between the Netherlands and the Bauhaus.

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Brancusi, Rosso, Man Ray - Framing Sculpture

 up to and including 25 May 2014

During Spring 2014 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presented the work of three of the most influential artists of the twentieth century: Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957), Medardo Rosso (1858-1928) and Man Ray (1890-1976). Masterpieces were flown in from top collections all over the world, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Brancusi, Rosso, Man Ray - Framing Sculpture