The Favourites of...Actor John Buijsman

As an actor John Buijsman is involved with performing art every day, but he also has a real interest in fine art. Which are his favourite works in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen?

Actor, musician and theatrical producer John Buijsman is known for roles including Dr Doolittle in 'Loonies', Cor in 'Raymann is laat' and Freek-Willem in an advertisement for Dutch DIY and home improvement chain Gamma.

He likes to wander around Boijmans when he’s working on a new production. ‘There’s so much here that gets me looking at the world in a different way.’

Photo: Lenny Oosterwijk
Photo: Lenny Oosterwijk

Which works of art touch you?

‘Don’t ask me to explain why, I think that’s always a difficult question when it comes to art. It either gets to you or it doesn’t. I’m always a little envious of art that doesn’t need an accompanying text.

Appel, Constant and Picasso; their works continue to impress. Like the figure by Lotti van der Gaag – which is in the Boijmans’ repository – truly wonderful.

Lotti van der Gaag, The Waiter, 1950, bronze, purchase 1984
Lotti van der Gaag, The Waiter, 1950, bronze, purchase 1984
Karel Appel, Paysan avec âne et seau, wall paint, bequest H.A. Maaskant 1978
Karel Appel, Paysan avec âne et seau, wall paint, bequest H.A. Maaskant 1978

Charles and Ray Eames are people who really changed the world. Picasso is the artist who reinvented himself most often. To me, his work is really overwhelming; I confess that I’ve had to leave a museum more than once because it all became a bit too much for me; it’s a mild form of Stendhal Syndrome.’

Charles and Ray Eames, DCW, 1946, bent walnut, purchase 1988
Charles and Ray Eames, DCW, 1946, bent walnut, purchase 1988

The Favourites of...Actor John Buijsman