Rotterdam unveils hidden art treasures


The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is quite a mouthful and it’s one of Rotterdam’s best galleries and museums. Like most museums it can only show a fraction of the huge collection it has stowed away in vaults and safes but that is all changing with “Inside Out” – Tomas Mowlam explains.

We’re currently halfway through the run (6th February to 24th May 2010) so head down to Rotterdam’s Kunsthal, to see some of the Boijmans Museum’s hidden treasures.

The Museum is undertaking maintenance and the cataloguing of its depots, so over 12,000 pieces of art have been shipped over and displayed in the Kunsthal.

“Inside Out can safely be considered the biggest logistic operation ever within the history of the Kunsthal,” the website explains, “for ten days in a row two lorries packed with art travel back and forth.”

The results are stunning – some really great art which isn’t often seen because it gets overshadowed by the bigger name pieces.

In a salon there are seventeenth century masterpieces by artists such as Frans Hals, Jacob van Ruisdael, Jan Steen, Paulus Moreelse and many others.

If your taste is for things a little more recent then there’s key pieces from modern artists such as Giorgio Morandi, the Italian still-life painter.

From the post-war art world there’s “The White Cube” featuring key minimalist and pop art pieces. There’s work from Frank Stella, an American sculptor, printmaker and painter, famous for his canvases that intricately weave together bright bands of colour.

There is a heavy sprinkling of Dutch works by artists such as Jan Schoonhoven, René Daniels and Co Westerik, not so well known outside of their native country but well worth a look.

For those who need even more art during their stay in Rotterdam, there’s a 25 per cent discount with a Bojimans ticket and vice versa.

You can find the Kunsthal on Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341, 3015 AA Rotterdam, and it’s open Tuesday till Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays and Holidays 11am-5pm.

“Inside Out” runs from 6th February to 24th May 2010, for more information check out the site at:

Painting – Louisiana Lottery Co., (1962), Frank Stella.

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