Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen invited the young Romanian artist Victor Man (Cluj, 1974) to make an intervention within 'The Collection Two', the museum’s anniversary exhibition. Victor Man is a master of omission without loss of meaning. In combination with works from the museum’s permanent collection his works suggest unexpected meanings.
Victor Man’s installation was a balanced combination of his own works and paintings from the museum’s collection. On the basis of analogies and similarities with his own works he selected works such as the 'Christus Salvator Mundi' by Dirk Bouts, a painting by Titian in which a nymph is menaced by a faun, and a landscape by Joachim Patinir showing the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Victor Man’s oeuvre comprises small paintings in shades of black and grey, ‘found’ photographs transferred to various materials, and installations. All his works have one thing in common: they are characterised by the suggestion of an unresolved narrative. The individual works and components of his installations function as fragments from a story or an event. Artcritic Natalie Haddad, Frieze Magazine, has said that Man’s work hover:
‘on the walls like the relics of secret societies, dislocated and adrift…’.
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.
The Collection Two
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen turned 160 years old in 2009. To celebrate this anniversary the museum’s collections were being presented in new displays from 17 January 2009. For the first time the museum’s world-famous collection of prints and drawings were being combined with paintings, sculpture, the applied arts and design. The museum’s prints and drawings collection contains more than 80,000 works of art and is one of the most important collections in the world.