Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

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Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is the main art museum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The museum began in 1847Template:Citation needed as Museum Boymans with the collection of Frans Jacob Otto Boijmans (1767–1847). Much of the museum's original collection was destroyed in a fire in 1864. The collection of businessman Daniël George van Beuningen (1877–1955) was added in 1958, at which point the museum acquired the name Museum Boymans-van Beuningen. The spelling was changed to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in 1996.


The museum has a diverse collection ranging from medieval to contemporary art, with somewhat of a focus on Dutch art. Much of the collection came to the museum through the two private collections mentioned above, but many others have contributed throughout the years. Among the best-known artists that are exhibited in the permanent exhibition of the museum are Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Rembrandt, Claude Monet, Wassily Kandinsky, Vincent van Gogh, Maurizio Cattelan, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, Mark Rothko, Edvar Munch and Willem de Kooning. The collection also includes one of the richest assembly of works on paper (etchings, drawings, lithographs, etc.) in the world from the Middle Ages to the present times.

Prominent works

Title Artist Year
Nest of Owls Hieronymus Bosch
Hut of the Douaniers with Varengeville Claude Monet 1882
Impressions of Africa Salvador Dalí 1938
Not to be Reproduced René Magritte 1937
On the Threshold of Liberty René Magritte 1929
Shirley Temple, The Youngest, Most Sacred Monster of the Cinema in Her Time Salvador Dalí 1939
The Face of War Salvador Dalí 1940
The "Little" Tower of Babel Pieter Bruegel the Elder 1563
The Wayfarer Hieronymus Bosch 1493 (ca.)
Titus at Lectern Rembrandt 1655


The Education Department of the Museum organises children's activities, courses, lectures and tours.


ARTtube is a website with videos about art and design. ARTtube is produced by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, M HKA Antwerp, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, De Pont, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Museum Jan Cunen and Centrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam.


Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen produces, together with TV Rijnmond, a television series on art. Boijmans TV is based on an idea by Wilfried de Jong. Boijmans TV is created by a team of creative specialists in different disciplines. It is more than an art magazine; apart from the artists, the museum visitor, the attendant and the employee of technical services appear on the series. Each episode of Boijmans TV can be viewed on ArtTube after it has been broadcast.



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