The title refers to the main character in this episode: George the Mandrill, who was immortalised in 1926 in the London Zoo by Oskar Kokoschka. Bregje van der Laar entertains a group of art lovers with a reformed protestant background, who she guides through the museum past invisible obstacles until they finally reach The Mandrill by Oskar Kokoschka.
A photo of George in his cage shows that Kokoschka did not wish to see any restrictions - even if they were present The painter ignored the cage, gave the animal its freedom on the canvas and imparted George with the expression of a jungle king. While Bregje tells her guests about the love escapades and war traumas of the famous Austrian expressionist, Ab of the Technical Department imagines that he is George - to the enormous delight of the many schoolchildren who visit the museum.
Wilschut is searching for traces of life, for a sign - no matter how small - of what really happens behind the façade and for a glimpse of the horizon, far behind the skyline. Like the couple in love who experience his work; like Kokoschka. Like George.
About Boijmans TV
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen is producing its own television series. In Boijmans TV, the museum building provides a changing backdrop three main characters: a major work from the collection, a high profile artist exhibiting in Boijmans museum and a museum visitor who has the illusion of being in a different world.