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up to and including 23 May 2015

La La La Human Steps

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.

In 2015 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen was showing its own collection in the Bodon Rooms on a grand scale: from old masters to young talent, from immense installations to small paintings, from unnerving melancholy to entertaining absurdity. ‘When you look at the collection you see that artists from all ages and from all disciplines have made extremely personal images of the world. These images, you could say, are linked together underground,’ explain the compilers of the exhibition Sjarel Ex (Director) and Els Hoek (Education Curator).

4 x La La La Human Steps

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen experimented by asking four choreographers, who reach an audience of millions, to each create a duet inspired by the exhibition. Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, La La La Human Steps of Montréal and House of Makers (associated with the Dutch National Ballet) are each producing a duet danced by a man and a woman, visualizing the process of attraction and rejection. At the heart of the exhibition will be a dance floor for them to use. Dance is a link in the exhibition which will change and define the environment of the works of art. During the openingsweekend the Rotterdam HipHopHuis presents a duel between street dancers Ques and Claerence Person.

House of Makers

Sunday 17 May: live performance by Matthew Pawlicki-Sinclair, Hannah de Klein, Clotilde Tran, Skyler Martin & James Stout. House of Makers is formed by Matthew Pawlicki-Sinclair, Peter Leung & Sterre van Rossem. 

Scapino Ballet Rotterdam

Saturday 14 February:  Duet ‘A Dream’ by Bonnie Doets & Mischa van Leeuwen (dancers). The dancemovie is now on view in the exhibition. The interview with choreographer Ed Wubbe, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, was on Saturday 14 February.

Gery Mendes

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 February at 1.30 p.m., 2.30 p.m. performed 'The Raven' by Edgar Allan Poe.


Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 February 2015: Krumping Duel between Claerence Person and Ques. 
Sunday 8 February 2015: interview with Leal van Herwaarden, HipHopHuis

La La La Human Steps & Cullberg Ballet

Saturday 4 April Gesine Moog and Jac Carlsson of the Cullberg Ballet performed a choreography by Édouard Lock, choreographer at the dance company La La La Human Steps. There also was an interview between Édouard Lock and curator and director Sjarel Ex. 

"Allemaal werk waarin mensen centraal staan, in een verrassend boeiend weefsel van emoties en verlangens. Indrukwekkend hergebruik van de eigen collectie" 

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La condition humaine

This collection of artworks lays bare a human problem. The concept of ‘la condition humaine’ originated with the author André Malraux, who had links with Surrealism. In his major novel of the same name he shows how people are constantly conflicted, torn between their intellect and their passions. In a story spanning a few days he describes the eternal human dilemmas—desire and love, loyalty and infidelity, revenge and betrayal, duty and ambition, life and death. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has previously shown a selection of its artworks on this subject in Istanbul, where it was a great success with the public.


Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Ader, Carlos Amorales, Anoniem, Matthew Barney, Yael Bartana, Hans Bellmer, John Bock, David Claerbout, Joost Conijn, Dirck Vokertsz. Coornhert, Curt Ehrhardt, Jeroen Eisinga, Peter Feiler, Frans Floris, Yang Fudong, Cyprien Gaillard, Robert Gober, Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem, Siobhán Hapaska, HipHopHuis, House of Makers, Theo van Houts, Mike Kelley, Joachim Koester, Paul Kooiker, Tetsumi Kudo, Yayoi Kusama, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Édouard Lock, Édouard Manet, Gery Mendes, Melvin Moti, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Bruce Nauman, Erkka Nissinen, Joachim Patinir, Piranesi, Robin Rhode, Pipilotti Rist, Jim Shaw, Cindy Sherman, Paul Thek, Salla Tykkä, Bill Viola, Andro Wekua, Ed Wubbe, Sylvie Zijlmans en Unica Zürn.