Just before the summer of 2019, the building of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen closed completely for renovation and reconstruction work. The museum will limit its output to travelling exhibitions abroad, temporary exhibitions at alternative locations in Rotterdam and projects with several local communities. In the fall of 2020, a new building adjacent to the present museum will open – a publicly accessible depository of the museum. In an eye-catching new architectural building, visitors will have the opportunity to get an insight into what it means to preserve and take care of artworks: how they are stored, restored, researched, transported, cleaned, etc.
The museum’s transition is more than simply a physical one. Against the background of a changing society, due to migration, globalisation and digital communication technology, the museum as an institution changes as well. Questions about the (immaterial) value of artworks, public ownership and the power of knowledge, challenge the paradigm of museum and cultural heritage, which has been valid since its origin in the late 19thcentury.
The main research questions of the Dancing Museums local resident artist, Ingrid Berger Myhre, will be:
- What is a museum without a building?
- How to experience pieces of art when there is no physical place to see them?
- How best, as a museum, to relate to and be relevant for new public/communities?
- What will the museum of the future be like? How to stay relevant in a city that is changing rapidly?
Ingrid will spend ten weeks in total, in various locations spread over the city, where parts of the collection will be exhibited.