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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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