The collections of the Chabot Museum and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen come together in a very special way in the exhibition ‘Branding Rotterdam’ at the Chabot Museum as part of ‘Boijmans Next Door’.
In ‘Branding Rotterdam’ the European avant-garde is explored in paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints through the lens of De Branding (The Surf), an artists’ group based in Rotterdam from 1917 to 1926. The exhibition runs from 19 March to 1 September.
The exhibition is devoted to the artists’ association De Branding (The Surf), which was active in Rotterdam during the interwar years from 1917 to 1926. Through the connections of the group’s initiators, including Paul Citroen and Kurt Schwitters, De Branding formed an important link in the development of modern art at the beginning of the twentieth century: a tumultuous period in Rotterdam that was dominated by artists’ initiatives and the art trade. These artists represented a new voice that sought innovation, change and new visual idioms that could contribute to a new world. It was an iconic period that ended more than a decade before the construction of Museum Boijmans on its present location on the Museumpark.
“For Boijmans Next Door’ no fewer than twenty-three works from the Boijmans collection are crossing the road to the Chabot Museum. They include masterpieces by Jacoba van Heemskerck, Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian and Jan Toorop. It’s wonderful how, through this neighbourhood project, these paintings will be displayed in the villa of the Chabot Museum, which evokes the zeitgeist in which these works were made.”
Sandra Kisters, head of collections and research at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
De Branding in Rotterdam
De Branding is an important piece of Rotterdam’s cultural history that is sometimes overshadowed by De Stijl, but which should not be forgotten. The exhibition, with works by Henk Chabot, Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Jan Sluijters and Charley Toorop and others from the collections of both the Chabot Museum and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, paints a picture of this lively period in Rotterdam between the wars.
More about Boijmans Next Door
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s internationally renowned collection is being dispersed across Rotterdam. Some 500 masterpieces will be displayed in eleven special exhibitions at eight of the museum’s neighbours under the title ‘Boijmans Next Door’. The exhibitions in these guest venues will create encounters between Boijmans’ collection and that of its neighbours. For example, the Maritime Museum will exhibit a selection of seascapes, while masterpieces by Kandinsky and others will be displayed in the Chabot Museum, opposite Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. In this way, you need not miss the museum’s collection while the building is being renovated.More about Boijmans Next Door
Transit Boijmans Van Beuningen
Later this year, the museum will close for essential renovations. In this transitional period, the museum is making its world-class collection available elsewhere in Rotterdam and further afield. In addition to the ‘Boijmans Next Door’ projects, the museum has also created travelling exhibitions for museums all around the world. And schoolchildren in Rotterdam are being introduced to real artworks from the collection in the project ‘Boijmans in the Classroom’. Meanwhile, the construction of Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen continues apace. The world’s first publicly accessible art-storage facility will open at the beginning of 2021 and will safely house and display 151,000 artworks.