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The pleasure principle, Lily van der Stokker
Lily van der Stokker (1954, Den Bosch) is known for her works about optimism and kindness. In the past she has questioned the heavy, intellectual nature of the art world, replacing it with the so-called ‘pleasure principle’. She has made large wall paintings with fluorescent colours and decorative forms, and covered furniture, clothes and even entire buildings with her flower motifs. However, there is a critical dimension to this apparent frivolity. For Van der Stokker, art is not only about beauty and exaltation. And yet Van der Stokker’s idea of ugliness is presented with frills, curls and exuberant decoration.
Cloakroom Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Beautiful misery, Bas Jan Ader
In 1975, Bas Jan Ader (Winschoten 1942 - 1975) set off in a small boat in an attempt to cross the Atlantic ocean. Nothing has been heard of him since. His deserted boat was found off the coast of Ireland. The journey was supposed to be a part of his three-part art work: ’In search of the miraculous’. The collection of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen contains his video work ‘I’m too sad to tell you’ from 1971. This video shows Bas Jan Ader crying. In 2006, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen held a major retrospective of Bas Jan Ader’s work.
Boijmans TV is a new programme about art and takes us on a journey in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. We not only meet an artist, but also museum visitors, the guards, a tour guide and the employee of the technical service is a perfect location for a television programme about the many faces of art. The museum has a world-class collection ranging from Old Masters to modern and contemporary art. But the museum does not draw a strict distinction between these periods. The relationship between historical and recent art has been cast in a new light since the installation in early 2007 of a work by the contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan in a gallery among Old Master paintings. This installation plays an important role in Boijmans TV.
This second episode of Boijmans TV is called Mooi Lelijk (‘Beautiful Terrible’). Museum guard Arie does not understand that artist Lily van der Stokker want to make art that she calls ‘Terrible’. Her exhibition 'Terrible' was on view in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Arie interviews Van der Stokker and wants to know if it is difficult or easy to compose an ugly drawing. In the meantime guide Bregje is host to a group muscled men of sport school Vreeland, who are very moved when they see the work I'm too sad to tell you of artist Bas Ader. At the security camera we spot museum worker Ab of the technical service who compares his muscles with the statue Pierre de Wissant van Auguste Rodin.
Boijmans TV is a cooperative project of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, RTV Rijnmond, Popov film and RO theatre and has been developed with support of the VSBfonds, partner in education of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Mediafonds and Rotterdam Media Fonds. Directors: Sander Burger and Jetse Batelaan.
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De televisieserie Boijmans TV is een samenwerkingsproject van Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, RTV Rijnmond, Popov film en RO Theater, ontwikkeld met steun van het VSBfonds, partner in educatie van Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, het Stimuleringsfonds Nederlandse Culturele Mediaproducties en het Rotterdam Media Fonds. Regie: Sander Burger en Jetse Batelaan.