VIDEO: Inside Rotterdam's Boijmans Museum

(Studio Hans Wilschut)

ROTTERDAM — Known for its modern and experimental architecture, a highlight of the Rotterdam’s arts scene is the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The south Holland city is the second largest in the Netherlands and is home to the largest port in Europe and one of the largest in the world. 

The Boijmans opened in 1847 and serves as the main art museum in Rotterdam, showing a diverse collection ranging from medieval to contemporary art. Currently, visitors can see more than forty sculptures by Constantin Brancusi, Medardo Rosso and Man Ray and a hundred vintage photographs taken by them as part of the “Framing Sculpture” exhibition, on view until May 25. The exhibition — curated by Francesco Stocchi and Peter van der Coelen — includes a previously unknown work by Brancusi, “Tête d’enfant endormie” (Head of a Sleeping Child, 1906-07), a key sculpture in the development of his practice.  

Blouin ARTINFO spoke with the museum’s director Sjarel Ex, who said the museum’s vast and varied collection and loan program enables it to secure such exhibitions.

Ex also detailed the museum’s plans for additional storage space, the Collection Building, which is set to be constructed in 2017. Earlier this year, Rotterdam-based architectural practice MVRDV was chosen to design a sustainable Collection Building on the gravel terrain of the Museumpark, north of the Boijmans. The building, with a minimal footprint, is circular with a glazed façade to reflect the environment. The €50 million building will house the museum’s collection and will also be available for private collection storage.