Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen: Voortschrijdend inzicht – Een biografie van de collectieve vormgeving
Mienke Simon Thomas
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 2022
The design department is without doubt the most varied sub-collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. In the museum’s public depot, everyone can marvel at the multifaceted character of this 50,000-piece collection. The objects range from traditionally turned cooking pots to unique engraved memorial glasses and mass-produced tubular steel chairs. But why were all these objects collected? And what do they have to tell us? What is the common denominator between a dress by Viktor & Rolf, a glass by Copier, a silver salt cellar by Van Vianen and a typewriter by Sottsass?
Mienke Simon Thomas, curator at the museum from 1993 to 2021, describes in this richly illustrated Boijmans Study who or what determined what the museum acquired over the past 175 years and how progressive insight has also changed that collection policy. Central to the story are the passions of private collectors, the emancipation of the field of study, social changes and, last but not least, the personal preferences of the directors and employees.IN DUTCH!