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Rotterdam , world’s first storage Museum opens its doors

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The Boijmans Van Beuningen will display 151,000 works.

The @boijmans in Rotterdam opened its doors on Saturday by the King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, the Depot becoming the world’s first ever museum to display its entire collection to the public.

On average, 95% of works remain hidden in reserves; the Boijmans Van Beuningen will display 151,000 works.

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You can check out pieces by Bosch, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Monet, and more will be on permanent display to the public.

Rotterdam’s Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum has become the first art storage facility in the world to offer public access to its complete collection.

The name of the museum is derived from the two most important collectors of Frans Jacob Otto Boijmans and Daniël George van Beuningen.

It is located at the Museumpark in the district Rotterdam Centrum, close to the Kunsthal and the Natural History Museum.

As is the case with major museums across the world, the Boijmans, first opened in 1849 to show off the collections of Frans Jacob Otto Boijmans and Daniël George van Beuningen, has for a long time only been able to display about 4% of its treasures in permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Every night, after the sun sets, you can catch a beautiful light show at the Depot — reports In De Buurt.

A video installation called “Wasting life on you” by Swiss artist Pilotti Rist will also be projected from a colourful pole beside the museum.

Passing by the museum, you can already see the coloured poles which will project what Rist is describing as “a soft colour shower.”

From this weekend, for €20, visitors – wearing protective coats and asked to restrict themselves to carrying a small bag for the purposes of security – will have the full gamut of the museum’s crown jewels to view across six floors.

The works, including more than 63,000 paintings, photographs, films, pre-industrial and design objects, contemporary art installations, sculptures and 88,000 prints and drawings, are being stored, organised and displayed on the basis of their size and conservation requirements rather than theme or artist.


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