The collection as time machine. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
From 24 June Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s permanent collection will be shown in a totally new series of displays. Carel Blotkamp, artist and emeritus professor of the history of art at the VU University in Amsterdam, has conceived a new display that he hopes will seduce visitors into spending more time with the works of art. ‘I want to encourage slow looking.’
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has a collection of more than 145,000 objects dating from c.1300 to the present day, including numerous works by world-renowned artists. However, only 8 per cent of the collection is on display and the displays have remained the same for the past five years. That is all due to change on 24 June when the museum unveils its new displays selected by guest curator Carel Blotkamp, featuring more than 500 artworks in a new configuration that will excite both regular visitors and tourists alike. The idea behind the new display is to create exciting confrontations between old masters and modern art and between well-known and more obscure artworks.