Three years ago, as a member of Rotterdam-based architecture firm MVRDV’s press relations department, I toured the construction site of Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, a new storage facility for 151,000 objects from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen collection. Viewing art in an institution’s private holds is usually reserved for curators and researchers who book an appointment to support a thesis in person. However, Depot’s innovative building, home to 63,000 paintings, photographs, films, pre-industrial design and design objects, contemporary art installations and sculptures, as well as 88,000 prints and drawings is different; it is designed as an extension of the museum itself, its collection is on public display, and recently opened for the first time.
Is Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen the Future Museum?
In Rotterdam, an innovative new storage facility by MVRDV is helping to redefine the meaning of a public display of art.