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

Research

Making Space for Lace

From 11 March to 11 June 2017 museum employees are publicly cataloguin…

Exhibitions

Mad About Surrealism 11.02.2017 – 28.05.2017

Mad About Surrealism brings together more than three hundred artistic masterpieces, rare books and archival documents by…

Museum

About the Collection - The History of the Museum in Seven Steps

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s collection of art and design contains more than 145,000 objects. It was amassed with p…

Research

Blossoming Boijmans

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

The favourites of...

The favourites of... curator Francesco Stocchi

'Everything OK' is the first children’s' exhibition in the main program of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The followin…

Exhibitions

New displays of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s collection on view from 10 June 2017

From 10 June 2017 the museum’s rich collections will be re-installed in an unconventional series of displays. Guest cu…