The Tower of Babel – back from Japan

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder is one of the highlights in the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. This painting and ninety other masterpieces were recently exhibited in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. It is interesting how differently people in Japan perceived this painting.
Pieter Bruegel the Elder

With Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525?-1569), Flemish genre art became a fact. He was a Netherlandish Renaissance painter and printmaker from Brabant, known for his landscapes and peasant scenes.

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In Japan people saw the artworks not as an illustration of a Biblical story but as a depiction of reality. Visitors asked how tall the tower was and how many people were involved in its construction. Tokyo University of the Arts created a 3D-animation to explore the tower. This curiosity about the details of the building – an eagerness to get closer to the facts – was also an eye-opener for Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Video credits

Produced by Tokyo University of the Arts and The Asahi Shimbun, 2017 ©2017 Tokyo University of the Arts Re-edit: Simone Lilmoes Voice over: Diana van Achterbergh / Fourteen Voices Met dank aan: Gemeente Rotterdam, Boijmans Business Club, Bank Giro Loterij

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