Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s exhibition, ‘The Future of Fashion is Now’ travelled to China in 2015. The successful exhibition about the fashions of tomorrow, with works by more than twenty-five international designers, opened on 28 October 2015 at the OCT Contemporary ART Terminal in Shanghai. It was the first time that a Boijmans exhibition was presented in China. After four months in Shanghai, traditionally China’s fashion capital, the exhibition travelled to the OCT Art & Design Gallery in Shenzhen from 26 March to 31 July 2016. Shenzhen is home to numerous clothing manufacturers who are experimenting with new technologies.
The exhibition presented the fashion of the future, predicted by the youngest generation of fashion designers. More than twenty-five young fashion talents from all over the world were scouted, including eight designers from China and five from other Asian countries, such as Dooling Jiang (China), Wang Lei (China), Zhang Da (China), Little Shilpa (India) and Movana Chen (China). The exhibition also featured designs by respected designers who are actively seeking innovation within the fashion system, such as Viktor & Rolf, Iris van Herpen and Pauline van Dongen. Futuristic technologies, new manufacturing processes and the sustainable social value of clothing are tools they are using to shape the future of fashion.
In both cities, Shanghai and Shenzhen, an exchange programme was organised between Dutch and Chinese designers, with Elisa van Joolen, Pauline van Dongen and Antoine Peters travelling to China to share their expertise.
The exhibition was an initiative of guest curator José Teunissen and patron Han Nefkens. In China, the museum partnered with OCT and The Pin Projects. The exhibition was organised in partnership with Dutch Culture, Center for International Cooperation.
Transit Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has been closed since 2019 for a large-scale renovation and modernisation project. During this Transit period, the museum is showing its world-class collection in venues throughout Rotterdam and around the world. It has entered into a unique partnership with eight neighbouring venues in the city under the name ‘Boijmans Next Door’. Boijmans is also operating internationally, with travelling exhibitions abroad. At the beginning of the 2019/20 school year, the museum began showing works from the collection in local schools as part of ‘Boijmans in the Classroom’. Since the beginning of 2020, Boijmans, Humanitas and other local partners have been active in a former school in Rotterdam Zuid at Hillevliet 90. In the meantime, the construction of Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is progressing steadily. The world’s first publicly accessible art storage facility will open in early 2021 and will safely house and display 151,000 works of art.Meer over Boijmans in Transit