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Boijmans in the City: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in a changing society

In 2017, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen organised the exhibition ‘Change the System’, in which fifty designers presented solutions for global social issues and demonstrated the transformative power of design and art. Curator Annemartine van Kesteren is now applying the solutions and the network generated by the exhibition within Rotterdam by programming various urban interventions in collaboration with partners in the city. Over the next four years, Boijmans is developing a Changemakers programme called ‘Boijmans in the City’, which will address urban problems such as poverty and underrepresentation of minority voices.

‘Changemakers Rotterdam’ is Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s social-design programme, which aims to stimulate social innovation in the city through the power of artistic imagination. It works like an artistic crowbar. The museum offers different perspectives on the world. Art teaches us how to co-exist and to share, and the museum plays an important role in this. Now that Boijmans is closed for renovation and modernisation, we are focusing on projects in the city. Our roots in the city provide us with nourishment and we, in turn, can give back to the city through local partnerships. In a city with 175 nationalities, Boijmans can contribute to strengthening Rotterdam’s capacity for change by establishing cultural connections, resulting in a shared culture and progress.