A journey through art history

0-1400

In the Middle Ages craftsmen made costly items for the Church, but also pilgrim's badges and household items. People ate with a knife and spoon; forks did not yet exist.

15th century

‘The Three Marys at the Tomb’ by Jan and/or Hubert van Eyck underwent extensive research and conservation in 2013.

16th century

One of the best-known works in the collection is 'The Tower of Babel': a tower of hubris and confusion.

17th century

Why do we call the 17th century the Golden Age? Travel back to the age of discovery, rich merchants and Dutch masters.

18th century

A sumptous and decorative showpiece by Jan Weenix with a dead swan in the leading role.

19th century

Over hills and dales: the Impressionists swapped their studios for the countryside.

1900-1945

Mondrian saw the world in primary colours and horizontal and vertical lines.

1945-1960

Gerrit and Wim Rietveld designed the Mondial chair for Expo 58 in Brussels.

1960-1990

This work by Donald Judd, acquired by the museum in 1979, is a typical example of Minimalist art.

1990-now

A museum collection consists not only of paintings, drawings and sculptures but also embraces design, installations, photography and video art. Time is the central theme in this video work by David Claerbout.

In the spotlight

The Favourites of...Actor John Buijsman

Secrets of the Old Staircase Revealed

New Magritte Added to the Collection

In depth

The favourites of...

The favourites of... curator Francesco Stocchi

'Everything OK' is the first children’s' exhibition in the main prog…

Research

Blossoming Boijmans

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s collection contains more than 170 paintings with flower still lifes.…

Exhibitions

Drawings by Italian Masters

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s collection of works on paper contains at least 82,000 objects – some 65,000 drawings…

Technique

Painting

The paint on the canvas is very important in identifying the period when a painting was made and attributing it to an ar…

Exhibitions

Timeless Eroticism - Renaissance Prints and Fashion Photography

An essay accompanying the exhibition, which was on view 13 August to 9 October 2016. …

Exhibitions

Everything OK! – Thinking, Doing and Dreaming

Does art have to be beautiful? How does an artist see the world? Who am I and who is my family? Children can have fashio…

Selections

Exhibitions

Timeless Eroticism

Exhibitions

Everything OK!

Movements & periods

Impressionism