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by Mandan Lynn
Smithwick, South Dakota
November 30, 2006
This museum is huge, but fairly easy to navigate. I kept going through surprise door after surprise door, and I think I managed to see it all without having to do a lot of backtracking, which is nice.There are several major - impressive - exhibitions. The first I took in was that by Erik van Lieshout, an artist from Rotterdam. The exhibit includes paintings and drawings, but also videos. One video was shown in a large hall on a big screen, like a drive-up theater - and there were several cars in the room, parked in front of the screen. Other videos were shown in small rooms with garage doors you had to duck under. Fascinating works.Another was by Willem Kalf, whom I learned was one of the most important still life painters. His works include "luxury" still life - paintings that include expensive and exotic objects. Voici Magritte was an especially impressive exhibit - definitely worth the €5. The large collection of his surrealist works include his drawings, paintings, collages, and gouaches. Some were incredibly thought-provoking for me - such as the one (I forget the title) where we see a man looking into a mirror - and his reflection is the back of his head (what we already see) instead of his face, as it should be.There are paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens, as well, which, if you've read my other art gallery reviews, you know I love very much. There's a whole exhibit on New Testament printmaking, much of which was done by Rembrandt. There is also an impressive collection of work by Dali. Intensely fascinating, even though I wouldn't especially want one hanging in my living room. (I'd make an exception for an original, though.)If you're in Rotterdam, it would be a mistake to miss this museum.
Museum Boijmans van BeuningenTuesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pmAdmission: €13Wednesdays are free and museumjaarkaart holders get in free - except now until December 3 during the Voici Magritte Exhibition. So, it costs €5, even on Wednesdays.
From journal All Netherlands, All the Time
May 16, 2005
This museum has a lot to offer; I even find it better then the Rijksmuseum. Visit it--you won't be sorry. The museum also has a shop and a great cafeteria where you can enjoy drinks and snacks.
From journal The Ultimate Dutch Port