Soon, patients and visitors of Erasmus MC in Rotterdam will be able to enjoy five masterpieces from the sculpture collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Last week, a secret selection of sculptures, all human figures, was transferred to the adjacent hospital.
The exhibition title, which translates into 'Human sculptures - Power & Vulnerability,' at Erasmus Medical Centre is the sixth in a series of eleven exhibitions. In the hospital, where the human body is the main focus, this exhibition celebrates the power and vulnerability of the body. The sculptures will be unveiled during a festive opening on 9 September 2019. They will remain on display until 28 May 2021.
Boijmans van Beuningen museum closed for renovations
The entire museum collection of 151,000 works of art, including some 3,000 sculptures, will be assembled in 2021 in the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, the world's first fully accessible art depot, to be opened by then. In the meantime, as part of the large-scale renovation of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, part of the museum's collection will remain on display at community museums and institutions under the title of 'Boijmans bij de Buren' (Boijmans at the Neighbours).
Around five hundred masterpieces will be displayed at eight neighbouring locations in eleven exhibitions. New connections and encounters arise at the guest locations. This is the first time that so many Rotterdam-based institutions have collaborated for many years to keep the Boijmans collection visible. In the second half of 2019 and 2020, new exhibitions are planned in the Wereldmuseum, the Kunsthal, Museum Rotterdam, Chabot Museum and the Maritime Museum.
Human sculptures from museum Boijmans van Beuningen on exhibition at Erasmus MC 📷 Aad Hoogendoorn
The sculptures at Erasmus MC
Four of these five human sculptures, all from the museum's collection, will adorn the hospital's shaded garden. The four sculptures in question will remain a secret until the opening. The iconic metre-high cast iron giant 'Grosse Geister (Fig. No. 8)' by artist Thomas Schütte will from now on welcome visitors to Erasmus MC at the RG 101H entrance (near the atrium).
Professor Dr Jan van Saase, internist and member of the art committee, is pleased with the opportunity to temporarily include these human sculptures in the Erasmus MC. Van Saase: "A good neighbour is better than a distant friend. When we were asked to cooperate, the art committee was immediately enthusiastic, especially because the exhibition depicts powerful people who radiate emotions that fit well within the walls of our hospital. When you see the sculptures, you will immediately recognize them. We hope that our patients and staff will appreciate the exhibition and will find comfort or distraction in it."
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