Keep pushing your boundaries, literally and figuratively. That is Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s motto. The museum has inspired the public for many generations. Today, the museum is available in everyone’s home and everyone’s pocket via new media. The museum’s travelling exhibitions ensure that people in other parts of the world can get to know the art collection of the city of Rotterdam in person.
Just like Marcel Duchamp's "La boîte-en-valise" (1936-41), an exhibition contained in a suitcase, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is coming to you and wants you to enjoy all the beauty our collection has to offer. The museum has developed an impressive programme of extraordinary exhibitions, providing an unforgettable experience for audiences abroad. We look forward to seeing you, wherever in the world that may be.
The museum’s strength resides in its multifaceted collection and in how interprets it, keeping it relevant for every era and every generation. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is based on traditions, but it remains young and dynamic and is at the forefront of developments in the fields of collections management, conservation, research, presentation, education and new media. Creativity and innovation are the driving forces behind the museum’s progress.
Under the name BVB Collections, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen provides a programme of travelling exhibitions program based on the museum’s multifaceted collections. It offers high-quality exhibitions around a number of the museum's core collections such as the Golden Age, Classic Modernism, Surrealism, design, applied art and work on paper. The museum provides selections that are tailored to the wishes of the borrowing institution.
Exhibitions we're offering
Services and support
Borrowing institutions will benefit from the museum’s many years of experience in the field of international loans and art transportation. Our employees will supervise the installation of the exhibition with great care and dedication in close consultation with your organisation. The Touring Exhibitions team will also help to conceive a programme of activities that will make the exhibition a success for the borrowing institution. For more information about the exhibitions, please contact Sandra Tatsakis, head of Touring Exhibitions.
Now on display
Surrealist Art. Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in MUDEC, Milan
The exhibition in Milan (22 March – 30 July 2023) is a wonderful chance to see Boijmans’ Surrealism Highlights in dialogue with some masterpieces from Mudec’s permanent collection. It explores the fundamental themes of Surrealist research: dreams and reality, the psyche, love and desire and a new type of beauty. Through the works of lesser-known Surrealists, publications and historical documents, the exhibition provides visitors with a 360-degree view of the Surrealist universe. The exhibition is curated by Boijmans art historian Els Hoek in collaboration with Alessandro Nigro, professor of History of Art and Art Criticism at the University of Florence.Read more
The following exhibitions have already traveled:
‘Dal Nulla al Sogno. Dada e Surrealismo dalla Collezione del Museo Boijmans Van Beuningen’
27.10.2018 – 25.02.2019 From October 2018 to February 2019, no fewer than 149 masterpieces by artists such as Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Max Ernst and Man Ray were shown at the Fondazione Ferrero in the exhibition ‘Dal Nulla al Sogno’Read more
‘Bruegel’s ‘The Tower of Babel’ and Great 16th Century Masters’
18.04.2017 – 02.07.2017 Metropolitan Art Museum Tokio, 11.07.2017 – 15.10.2017 National Museum of Osaka. In 2017 the exhibition ‘Bruegel’s ‘The Tower of Babel’ and Great 16th-Century Masters’ was shown at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and later at the National Museum of Art in Osaka. The exhibition featured 15th- and 16th-century Dutch masters from the collection. The exhibition, which was a partnership between Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Japanese media conglomerate Asahi Shimbun, was a great success and attracted almost 660,000 visitors.Watch the video about this exhibition
Boijmans in Transit
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 2021 and will safely house and display 154,000 works of art.