In “World First” Dutch museum opens entire collection, including Van Gogh, Monet

In World First, the museum opens its entire collection, including Van Gogh, Monet

Boijmans Van Beuningen gallery in Rotterdam will open for public this week.

Rotterdam, Netherlands:

Normally, museums only exhibit a small part of their collections, but the Boijmans Van Beuningen gallery in Rotterdam will be the first in the world to show off the lot this week.

The collection of 151,000 works of art by Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet, among others, will be open to visitors from Saturday, housed in a huge mirrored, bowl-shaped depot next to the museum in the Dutch port city.

King Willem-Alexander officially opens the depot on Friday.

“It is the only fully accessible depot, a public depot that is open in the world,” museum director Sjarel Ex told AFP as media toured the building on Tuesday ahead of the opening.

“What happens here is you don’t follow the script that was curated by a curator… you see things by chance, and you feel like you’re discovering things and you’re connecting things.”

Normally, only six to ten percent of the collections of major museums around the world, such as the Boijmans Van Beuningen, are on display, the rest are kept in closed storage depots, Ex said.

That is now changing for the Rotterdam institution – and visitors can even see works being restored.

“If you don’t show the works and people stop talking and thinking about a work of art, there’s a good chance it will fade into obscurity — out of sight, out of mind,” he said.

The project – whose cost of approximately EUR 92 million was mainly covered by private donations – includes five different temperature zones for different types of artworks

The warehouse was originally created to solve a very Dutch problem: the risk of flooding in a low-lying country where a third of the land is below sea level.

The old cellars under the museum could allow water to pass through, making them unsuitable for storage.

“Each building is a moment in time, so this definitely celebrates the climate,” said architect Winy Maas.

‘Why? Because it is the raison d’être of this building – the former archives were under water. It flooded, so we need to bring it up.”

(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and was generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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In “World First” Dutch museum opens entire collection, including Van Gogh, Monet

In World First, the museum opens its entire collection, including Van Gogh, Monet

Boijmans Van Beuningen gallery in Rotterdam will open for public this week.

Rotterdam, Netherlands:

Normally, museums only exhibit a small part of their collections, but the Boijmans Van Beuningen gallery in Rotterdam will be the first in the world to show off the lot this week.

The collection of 151,000 works of art by Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet, among others, will be open to visitors from Saturday, housed in a huge mirrored, bowl-shaped depot next to the museum in the Dutch port city.

King Willem-Alexander officially opens the depot on Friday.

“It is the only fully accessible depot, a public depot that is open in the world,” museum director Sjarel Ex told AFP as media toured the building on Tuesday ahead of the opening.

“What happens here is you don’t follow the script that was curated by a curator… you see things by chance, and you feel like you’re discovering things and you’re connecting things.”

Normally, only six to ten percent of the collections of major museums around the world, such as the Boijmans Van Beuningen, are on display, the rest are kept in closed storage depots, Ex said.

That is now changing for the Rotterdam institution – and visitors can even see works being restored.

“If you don’t show the works and people stop talking and thinking about a work of art, there’s a good chance it will fade into obscurity — out of sight, out of mind,” he said.

The project – whose cost of approximately EUR 92 million was mainly covered by private donations – includes five different temperature zones for different types of artworks

The warehouse was originally created to solve a very Dutch problem: the risk of flooding in a low-lying country where a third of the land is below sea level.

The old cellars under the museum could allow water to pass through, making them unsuitable for storage.

“Each building is a moment in time, so this definitely celebrates the climate,” said architect Winy Maas.

‘Why? Because it is the raison d’être of this building – the former archives were under water. It flooded, so we need to bring it up.”

(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and was generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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