In the summer of 2012 the museum exhibited a selection of trends from the sixties and seventies (such as Minimalism and the Dutch Nul movement), plus work by contemporary artists. ‘Minimal Myth’ was an exhibition that attempted to show the possible similarities in working methods adopted by these artists. The works were exhibited next to each other and this highlights the differences and initiates a confrontation between past and present. With icons such as Carl Andre, Mel Bochner, Jan Schoonhoven and Ad Dekkers.
Major works from the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen were shown in the museum’s main Bodon Gallery, in relation to successful contemporary artists. ‘Minimal Myth’ juxtaposed the work of two generations, but avoided a historical perspective. The selected works highlight contradictions: a theoretical versus emotional approach, regularity versus irregularity, objectivity versus subjectivity, attention to detail versus an overall vision. The exhibition had been selected by Francesco Stocchi, the museum’s senior curator of modern and contemporary art.
The participating artists include Ben Akkerman, Carl Andre, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Larry Bell, Mel Bochner, Nicola Carrino, Marieta Chirulescu, Chris Cornish, Ad Dekkers, Ger van Elk, Dan Flavin, Lydia Gifford, Raphael Hefti, Martijn Hendriks, Nathan Hylden, Donald Judd, Nicholas Knight, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, François Morellet, Robert Morris, Marc Nagtzaam, Kenneth Noland, Nick Oberthaler, Tomas Rajlich, Kilian Rüthemann, Jan Schoonhoven, Monika Sosnowska, Peter Struycken, Oscar Tuazon, Giuseppe Uncini and Ned Vena.
For this exhibition, a publication was available with contributions of Marieta Chirulescu, Chris Cornish, Nathan Hylden, Nicholas Knight, Marc Nagtzaam, Nick Oberthaler en Ned Vena.These artists, all participating in the exhibition were asked to present a subjective view of the exhibition in catalogue form. The publication is composed by Francesco Stocchi and was available in the museum shop (limited edition).