By the end of the project, Ingrid will have spent ten weeks in residency in total, in various locations spread over the city, where parts of the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen are exhibited.
Just before the summer of 2019, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen building closed completely for renovation and reconstruction work. The museum limited its output to travelling exhibitions abroad, temporary exhibitions in alternative locations in Rotterdam and projects with several local communities. In 2021, 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 19th century.
Local resident artist Ingrid Berger Myhre’s main research questions, throughout the project, have been:
- What is a museum without a building?
- How does one experience pieces of art when there is no physical place to see them?
- How best can a museum relate to and be relevant for a new public/communities?
- What will the museum of the future be like? How to stay relevant in a city that is changing rapidly?