Public art depot
Let us start by saying: this spec(tac)ular art depot definitely will be a new architectural icon! We are very excited about this mirrored bowl in the heart of the Museumpark. But we need to be patient. This first fully publicly accessible art depot in the world is expected to open late 2018.
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen backstage
Visitors will have access to the 75,000 objects from the world-famous museum. The new public art depot was designed by the Rotterdam firm MVRDV, known for their famous Rotterdam Markthal design.
Managing director Sjarel Ex:
“The Collectiegebouw Boijmans Van Beuningen introduces a new typology. Visitors are allowed backstage at the museum.”
In this art depot, people can see how art works are stored. They can experience what is involved in order to manage an extensive collection.
Museum park reflections
The building designed by MVRDV is a round bowl shape, coated with reflective material. By reflecting the Museumpark in the facade, the building becomes one with its environment.
Visitors can buy a ticket, and roam independently through a large part of the building. They can enter educational spaces, galleries, and expertise rooms where art objects are being restored.
For an additional fee, visitors can enter different collection depots. In groups, accompanied by a guide, they can admire medieval panels, contemporary photography, robust sculptures and delicate porcelain.
Visiting the rooftop restaurant overlooking the city skyline, is free. On the way up, the visitor gets an idea of what the collection looks like.
Planning and construction Collectiegebouw Boijmans van Beuningen
The construction of the Collectiegebouw Boijmans van Beuningen is expected to start in the autumn of 2016. After the construction period, approximately 75,000 works of art will be moved over there.
Late 2018, the buidling is expected to open its doors to visitors.
Check the virtual version of the Collectiegebouw Boijmans van Beuningen below.