Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen: an art collection that looks to the future

Word by Jessica
October 27, 2021

November 6 2021, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen made the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum‘s entire art collection accessible to the public, including those usually hidden in storage. In the iconic MVRDV-designed mirrored art depot, the museum’s 151,000 artifacts are exhibited in the city center and visible to all.

Unlike other museums that display only 6 to 10 percent of their collections, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen decided to make all the artworks stored in the repository visible.

In this building, the collection can be seen in its entirety, along with the handling and restoration of the pieces that become the leader of the space, and the visitors are finally allowed to go behind the scenes of a museum and see what is involved in the preservation and management of a collection.

The collection includes more than 63,000 paintings, photographs, films, pre-industrial design and design objects, contemporary art installations and sculptures, as well as 88,000 prints and drawings, and is divided into three main areas: “Old Masters, New Visions,” “Surrealism and the Surreal,” and “Looking Forward.”

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