Old News: History of Boijmans

7 videos

And a remarkable film from the 1930s cropped up in the Rotterdam Municipal Archives: it documents the building of the museum, brick by brick. And thanks Open Images from the Dutch Institute for Picture and Sound (Beeld en Geluid), we can show fragments from Polygoon newsreels.

7 episodes of Old News: History of Boijmans

  • Contemporary Spanish Art (1968)

    Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen organized an exhibition of important contemporary Spanish artists in 1968, of which we can see a registration here.

  • Exhibition about lace in Rotterdam (1961)

    Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has an extensive collection of lace. In 1961 the museum organized an exhibition of lace, recorded in this newsreel film.

  • Paul Delvaux (1973)

    Skeletons, nudes and train stations are important motives in the oeuvre of Paul Delvaux (1897-1994). Because of the estranged representations in a realistic style, Delvaux is branded a Belgian surrealist, a label that makes him feel uncomfortable though.

  • The Exhibition 'Sketches of Jozef and Isaac Israëls'

    In 1961, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen organized the exhibition 'Sketches of Jozef and Isaac Israëls', shown in this fragment of the newsreel.

  • Mike Redman: From Project to Object

    Construction workers and music - you all have an idea about the possible implications of this combination. Surprisingly, Mike Redman lets the men who, over seventy years ago, built Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, make their own music.

  • Opening exhibition Kees van Dongen (1967)

    Moving images of artists from the generation of painter Kees van Dongen (1877-1968) are rare. This fragment from the Polygoon Journaal [Newsreel] contains images of Van Dongen during the opening of an exhibition in 1937. He speaks, as he describes it himself, with a whisky voice, thanks to an excessive use of Dutch coffee.

  • Salvador Dalí exhibition (1970)

    In the winter months of 1970, ten thousand enthusiasts armed themselves against the bitter cold and formed long queues for the first exhibition in the Netherlands dedicated to the world-famous surrealist artist Salvador Dalí (1901-1989).