Exposition : « Maritime Masterpieces », Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, jusqu’au 4 septembre 2022
From 15 December until 2 March 2021, museums will unfortunately be closed again for five weeks due to the tightened corona measures. This means that our “Boijmans Next Door’ exhibitions will also be temporarily not on display.
Sublime seascapes from the 16th to the 21st centuries will be displayed in the Maritime Museum from mid-February in the final exhibition in the series ‘Boijmans Next Door’. Combining paintings from the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen with model ships and other objects from the collection of the Maritime Museum, the exhibition merges art history and maritime history.
The exhibition features imagery of wild seas, maritime battles, ships caught in the ice, and river and harbour views by famous Golden age maritime painters such as Willem van de Velde the Elder, 19th-century masters such as Claude Monet and contemporary artists such as Dolf Henkes.
Maritime paintings, model ships, drawings, video art and mixed media works
The exhibition showcases 54 paintings by artists, including Hieronymus Bosch, Claes van Wieringen, Willem van de Velde the Younger, Ludolf Bakhuizen, Hendrik Mesdag, Claude Monet, Johan van Mastenbroek, Guido van der Werve and Frank Stella, and oldest Western European model ship from around 1425. A changing selection of 34 drawings by Willem van de Velde the Elder will be exhibited, together with his famous ‘pen paintings’. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s most important maritime artworks are united with masterpieces from the collection of the Maritime Museum to provide a colourful and surprising overview of more than 600 years of marine painting.
Six centuries of maritime stories
This special exhibition shows how maritime painting has changed over the centuries. Although the style, technique and materials have changed over the centuries, the remarkable thing is that we can be moved just as much by a centuries-old painting as by a work whose paint is still wet. The maritime world is a lasting source of inspiration and we still feel a deep connection to it.