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Le Miroir Vivant

Le Miroir Vivant, after René Magritte's painting of the same name 'The Living Mirror' (1929), is a new multi-year program at Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen. Until 2025, various international artists will be invited to give a completely personal interpretation of one of the gallery spaces.

While in residence, each artist is challenged to blend different disciplines, genres and periods with their own domain into a new work that provides food for thought. Le Miroir Vivant offers interdisciplinary makers the opportunity to create a work that falls outside art-historical museum spheres. The final presentation could be, for example, a live installation, an interactive performance, a sonic experience or a social sculpture.

At the heart of Le Miroir Vivant is the search for thought-provoking connections between the museum’s collection, social trends and the location – Depot Boijmans Van Beunignen in Rotterdam. The depot is not a museum, it is a lively workplace where visitors get a unique glimpse behind the scenes of art restoration, art storage and artistic research. Unlike Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, which offers an art-historical museum experience, the depot symbolizes development and creation. Curators Francesco Stocchi and Annemartine van Kesteren developed Le Miroir Vivant based on this philosophy.

Read more about 'Le miroir vivant' (1929), René Magritte.

The first artist in residence is composer Neo Muyanga

Neo Muyanga is a South-African composer, musician, artist and philosopher. The multidisciplinary artist is the first guest artist in the new multi-year programme Le Miroir Vivant. Every Saturday from 1 April 2023, Muyanga can be found among the thousands of objects in the depot. For two months the composer will explore, research and rehearse with a group of vocalists and musicians from Rotterdam, ending with a presentation in the form of an dynamic performance in June 2023.

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The first artist in residence is composer Neo Muyanga
Foto door Aad Hoogendoorn

This project is made possible by: