Remix Rotterdam
9 January 2022

Remix Rotterdam

Ended | This exhibition was on display until 9 January 2022.


From Basquiat to apothecary’s jar

What do Jean-Michel Basquiat and Gordon Bennett have in common? How did a Syrian apothecary’s jar end up in a painting from around 1425 by the Flemish painter Jan van Eyck? The Remix Rotterdam exhibition gives you the answers to all these questions and more.

Boijmans X World Museum

Remix Rotterdam is the meeting place of two Rotterdam-based museums: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the World Museum. Both are inextricably bound up with Rotterdam, sharing audiences, patrons and benefactors. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, which first opened its doors in 1849, has focused since its inception on collecting and displaying western works of art and objects. The World Museum, founded in 1885, concentrated particularly on cultural goods from Asia, Africa and the Americas. 

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1982, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Objects in the mix

This exhibition mixes it up, bringing together objects from all over the world – objects whose origins stem from the meeting of peoples and cultures. Remix Rotterdam freely associates on the basis of four different kinds of encounter: universal and artistic encounters, trade relations and colonial interactions as they were experienced in the colonial era. Each encounter brings objects and artworks together that combine to tell a story. The Rotterdam-based artist Paul van der Eerden was invited to trace the interrelations between the museum collections from a personal perspective. His intuitive encounters result in surprising combinations and links. 

Gordon Bennet
Gordon Bennett, Notes to Basquiat, Wereldmuseum

Boijmans Next Door

Now Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is shutting for renovations, it is lodging parts of its collection with neighbouring museums – an ideal opportunity to combine collections for the first time in a unique remix. 

This exhibition was created within the framework of the Boijmans Next Door, a project made possible by Stichting Droom en Daad.