BoijmansTV: Monkey Say, Monkey Do

00:14:26 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Security guard Arie asks the artist Hans Wilschut, how the photographs came about and what he is searching for in those distant, built-up cities

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. 

Hans Wilschut

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. 

Video credits

The series is being broadcast weekly from 14 April 2010 by the regional television station RTV Rijnmond. Boijmans TV has been developed with support from the VSB Fund, partner in education to Museum Boijmans van Beuningen.

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