Recently, Rotterdam made it to nr.5 of top cities to visit in 2016, according to Lonely Planet. When I just heard the news I started laughing in disbelieve, Rotterdam, really? The city I’ve lived in for most of my life? The city I can’t wait to move out of? I guess its a classic case of “the grass is always greener on the other side”. Plus, who am I to argue against Lonely Planet? So I’ve made it my mission a little while ago to discover the best this city has to offer while I’m still here and share it on the little blog of mine. Ready to join me on this journey? Alright, first stop, Museum Boymans van Beuningen.
During my Intorduction to Art History course in college we had a little field trip to this museum. I remember struggling with picking a painting to write my assignment about and walking around there for hours. I also remember how much more you learn to see once your professor starts narrating the paintings and though I’ve always had a fascination for art, I think my love for it started growing right there. We recently revisited the museum on a rainy day (because thats the rule for visiting museums, non?) and here’s some pictures to prove it!
” Art Knows No Frontiers”
“Tower of Babylon”
Goodness, I love the play of light and clouds over a landscape. If you look long enough you just get transported to another world, I promise ;)
Well hello there Rembrandt!
Maybe I’m alone in this but unfinished works and sketches might just be even better than the “final” version sometimes.
The painting I did my analysis paper on years ago, Landscape with a mill, I guess I’m dutch after all!
More beautiful dutch landscapes.
And finally one of my favourite statues in the world, The Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer by Degas.
The museum is quite big and has a great variety in their permanent collection. Besides paintings from the middle ages to Surrealism, there’s a whole collection of design furniture downstairs and modern contemporary expositions as well, so basically something for everyone.
Its definitely worth putting on your to do list when you’re the city if you’re interested in art, and if you go on a sunny day you should have a little picking in the park behind it after you’re done browsing through their collection. For more information you can find their website here!
Ps. If you have any, I’d love it if you’d share your Rotterdam tips with me (and the rest) in the comments section below!