Venues: Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

The Museum Boijmans van Beuningen always comes up with the goods. Every time I visit, I walk away with something delightful, funny, thought-provoking, or plain odd. Today it was a room of biotechnology art and a show on minimalism in the 60s and 70s. More of which at another time.

Instead, I would like to share some snapshots of the exterior and surroundings of the building, which was designed by Adrian van der Steur and completed in 1935. There have been a couple of rounds of additions and updates to the building since 1935, but these photos mostly show features of the original traditionalist building. Van der Steur was supposedly inspired by Scandinavian designs and there is something vaguely familiar about the lines and the colors. The museum would not look out-of-place in Helsinki or Stockholm.

(Click on any of the photos to start the slideshow.)

The construction of the building was captured on film over the period 1932-1935 and made into a 53-minute silent film by G.L. Theijssen. In 2009, Mike Redman, a Rotterdam-based artist, film-maker and rapper, edited the material down to four and a half minutes and added music to give sound back to the silent images. Whether this is an indication of how much our attention span has shrunk since the 30s, or the inevitable outcome of having to quickly process so much more information, I shall leave for others to ponder. Personally, I like the update.