Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam.
The BvB was an exceptional museum, both for its curatorship and collection. So often I find misbalance in a display due to how it is presented, but in this case it was wonderful.
Of course, there was a large selection of works by Dutch artists, and a fair representation of the ‘Golden Age’ of Dutch painting. This did not come too much at the expense of other artists from the period though, much to my relief. Prominently displayed was Bosch, Brughels the elder (I had been waiting to see the Tower of Babel for some time, and it didn’t disappoint), Van Dyck, Rembrandt. Others I enjoyed included Anoniem and Titian.
There was also an lovely progressiveness to the exhibits, but not to the extent of wrongly presuming the development of art was a linear process. In fact, it was prominently displayed why the works of the museum’s collection were presented as they were, identifying challenges and opportunities in the curatorship, which greatly interested me.
In particular, I also enjoyed the Impressionist and post-Impressionist galleries. They included lovely works by Courot, Monet, Cezanne, Pissarro, Sisley, Gauguin, Goya, Picasso, Degas, and Kandinsky. I even managed to enjoy the Surrealist Man Ray and Dali.
All in all, a most wonderful museum, which I would highly recommend!