“This is an investment that Rotterdam and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s magnificent collection deserve".
Said Kasmi, lead councillor for Culture.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen begins its programme of renovation in 2019. While the work is being carried out, part of the museum’s famous collection will continue to be seen in and around Rotterdam – in school classrooms, possibly in a building in Rotterdam South and from 2021 onwards in the Boijmans Van Beuningen Depot. The collection will also be travelling to some of the world’s top museums.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen opened in Museumpark in Rotterdam in 1935 and over a period of 170 years has become a museum with a world-class collection of 151,000 artworks. This building is now in need of modernisation. On 20 December 2018 Rotterdam City Council decided to have the museum radically refurbished.
Transit Boijmans Van Beuningen
In 2019 the museum will embark on the essential renovation programme. The refurbishment and modernisation is expected to take seven years and will begin in the summer of 2019, immediately after the monumental building in Museumpark closes. Asbestos removal is expected to take a year. Meanwhile, we are starting the process of selecting the architects and the Schedule of Requirements that will form the basis of the provisional design is being drawn up. While the rebuilding works are going on, the collection will continue to be seen in institutions in the Netherlands and around the world, and from 2021 in its full glory in the Boijmans Van Beuningen Depot, the world’s first publicly accessible art storage facility.
On 27 May 2019, the museum will close for essential renovation and modernisation. During this Transit period, the museum will present its world-class collection in other locations in Rotterdam and around the world. The museum has struck up partnerships with eight neighbouring venues in the city for the project ‘Boijmans Next Door’. Wide-ranging selections from the collection will remain visible in eleven surprising exhibitions (starting February 2019 until 2021). In addition, Boijmans will also be operating abroad, with travelling exhibitions. From the beginning of the 2019 school year, schoolchildren in Rotterdam will get to spend time with real works of art from the collection in the project ‘Boijmans in the Classroom’. Meanwhile, the construction of the Boijmans Van Beuningen Depot continues apace. The world’s first publicly accessible art storage facility will open in early 2021 and will safely house and display the museum’s collection of 151,000 artworks.