A unique drive-thru exhibition in Rotterdam, and a great experience (August 2020)
Museum Boijmans vand Beuningen, Rotterdam’s foremost arts museum, is closed for renovation until 2026. The large Rotterdam events hall Ahoy had to cancel all large scale events because of Corona. And then somebody came up with the bright idea to organise a drive-thru exhibition of Boijmans top pieces in one of the halls of Ahoy. Brilliant!
There are paintings, there is an impressive and highly varied sculpture gallery, there are large screens showing a range of video art. And lots of installations, of course, standing and hanging. In your electric car, which you can borrow from the organisation if you don’t have one yourself, you find your way between the art works, at snail’s pace, together with around 20-30 other cars. Ocasionally stopping to take your time to admire, or even backing up to get a better view. Or turning the car towards the art work, to light it with your headlamps. If somebody else hasn’t done that already, from another car. It is a fabulous experience, even if videos and installations is not really your thing – as is the case with me. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, which took us well over an hour in the for the rest dark and silent Ahoy hall.
I have put a few pictures together, and a short video, to get an impression of this unique exhibition. Do go and have a look, if you can, before 23rd Aug. 2020. And do scroll all the way down to the video, for an impression, if you are too late.