In the autumn of 2011 several museums in Rotterdam organized exhibitions out the Rotterdam-based patron, scientist and globe-trotter Dr Elie van Rijckevorsel (1845-1928). During his travels to remote parts of the world as a physicist he collected objects from a variety of cultures. A selection of these objects were displayed in various museums in Rotterdam.
Dr Elie van Rijckevorsel was an important patron of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. From 1910 he donated parts of his extensive collections of European glass (15th and 19th centuries) and Chinese and Japanese porcelain (17th and 19th centuries). The museum also benefited from his bequest in 1928. In 1911 Van Rijckevorsel established the Erasmus Foundation to promote the arts, education and science.
Van Rijckevorsel in Rotterdam
Rotterdam’s museums celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the Erasmus Foundation with a series of exhibitions devoted to the founder: Dr Elie van Rijckevorsel. The exhibitions focused not only on his collections of decorative arts and ethnographica but also his travels, his herbarium and his lifestyle. There was also a publication to celebrate the Erasmus Foundation’s centenary. The season opened at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen on 10 September 2011, followed by exhibitions at the Wereldmuseum, Museum Rotterdam, the Natural History Museum and the Maritime Museum.