In the interactive installation Horizons Geert Mul (1965) makes a connection between the traditional museological concept of ‘collection’ and its contemporary variant: the database. Mul selected reproductions of works from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s digital database that feature a prominent horizon.
By coupling the digital images via a computer to a camera, which registers the movements of each visitor, and projecting these images via a video projector, Mul created an interactive, panoramic and constantly changing image using works from the museum’s collection as building blocks.
The aim of this impressive installation was to allow visitors to lose themselves in an endlessly unfolding sequence of panoramas. Mul aimed to bring the viewer to a state of inner peace within a dynamic and interactive environment. The principal role in Horizons was given to Bruegel’s masterpiece 'The Tower of Babel', which was on loan to the Musée du Louvre in Paris from 25 February until 10 June 2008 and thus could not be displayed in the museum.
The museum is giving contemporary art a prominent place in its new displays in the form of three artist’s presentations that reflect upon the collection and the building. These visual statements are intensified through alternation with works from the permanent collection, establishing a dialogue that heightens the senses and encourages contemplation. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has an active programme of exhibiting and responding to leading international artists.