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July 01 2011

Matti Suuronen’s Futuro at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

In 2007, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam / Netherlands came into possession of the prototype of a quite spectacular piece of architecture: Finnish architect Matti Suuronen’s Futuro: house of the future.

With its distinctive flying saucer like shape Suuronen’s Futuro is an icon of 1960s design. In 1965 Matti Suuronen was commissioined to design a mobile holiday home that could be erected in poorly accessible skiing areas. The Futuro is made from polyester, measures about 3 x 8 meters, and was conceived for serial production. In part due to the oil crisis of 1973 the production was halted prematurely, but there are still a dozens of Futuros spread across the world.

The Futuro is now on display for the first time after its restoration at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen as centerpiece of the exhibition Futuro – Constructing Utopia, which also presents twenty prints and approximately a hundred design objects from the museum’s collection.

On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition Futuro – Constructing Utopia at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen VernissageTV met up with Jonieke van Es. She is Head of Collections & Research at the museum and tells us more about the history and concept of the Futuro, how the prototype came into possession of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and how it was restored, the Futuro’s relevance as a design icon, and its future use at the museum.

PS: Another Futuro is being restored currently at the University of Canberra.

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June 16 2011

Elmgreen & Dragset: It’s Never Too Late To Say Sorry / Performance Sculpture

Commissioned by Sculpture International Rotterdam (SIR), the artists Elmgreen and Dragset developed the work “It’s Never Too Late to Say Sorry“. The sculpture (a megaphone inside a steel display case) was unveiled on May 28, 2011, with a performance: A man appears, takes the megaphone, and blares out over the streets: “It’s never to late to say sorry”. This performance will be repeated every day at 12:00 for one year.

The unveiling has been held on the same day as the opening of the first large retrospective of this artist duo’s work in the Netherlands: The One & The Many in the Onderzeebootloods (Submarine Wharf) of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

It’s Never Too Late to Say Sorry is part of Sculpture International Rotterdam’s art programme for the Coolsingel axis. A major part of the Rotterdam collection of modern, international artwork is located on the Coolsingel. Over the past few years, the collection has been developed further, and will be expanded even more in the coming years with the addition of current works of international allure. Twelve artists were invited to participate in the program, among them Joep van Lieshout with the work “Cascade”, Cosima von Bonin (“The Idler’s Playground”), and Paola Pivi (“GRRR Jamming Squeak).

Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset: It’s Never Too Late To Say Sorry. Unveiling of the sculpture, May 28, 2011.

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May 31 2011

Elmgreen & Dragset: The One and The Many at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

It has been compared already to the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, and in fact the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s Submarine Wharf is an equally large and impressive space. After Atelier Van Lieshout’s show in 2010, the Submarine Wharf in the Port of Rotterdam is now the arena for Elmgreen & Dragset’s show “The One & The Many”. In this video, Sjarel Ex, the director of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen talks about Elmgreen & Dragset’s exhibition, and the Submarine Wharf as exhibition space.

The One & The Many is the first major solo exhibition in the Netherlands of Elmgreen & Dragset. For the Submarine Wharf, the Scandinavian artist duo Michael Elmgreen (born 1961) and Ingar Dragset (born 1968) have created not only a huge installation, but have worked with the Ro Theater to provide the visitors with an immersive experience. More than 25 young actors are performing different scenes in the installation.

The exhibition deals with the social isolation of the individual and the lack of communication that Elmgreen & Dragset attribute to an affluent society and consumer culture. It runs through September 25, 2011.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Port of Rotterdam have formed a partnership to realize art projects at the Submarine Wharf each summer for five years (until 2014).

Coming soon: Elmgreen & Dragset: It’s Never Too Late To Say Sorry (Performance Sculpture); and Matti Suuronen: Futuro at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

See also:

Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset: The One & The Many at the Submarine Wharf, Port of Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Preview and interview with Sjarel Ex (Director, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen), May 27, 2011.

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