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Boijmans and Kunsthal opt out of Museumnacht

Rotterdam’s two largest institutions, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and the Kunsthal will not be part of the city’s Museumnacht or Museum Night this year. Budget cuts are listed as the main reason to opt out. 

By Editor / 16-01-2014

It is one of the city’s largest yearly cultural events but this time Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and the Kunsthal will not be open during the Museumnacht Rotterdam on 8 March. 

In light of recent budget cuts and cultural entrepreneurship, the financial investment towards programming and security is too high compared to the profit for each of the institutions. 

For the past years every edition of the Museumnacht has been a great success, pulling in almost 15,000 visitors. In a mere six hours time, last year’s Museumnacht generated 13,600 visitors for Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, and 8,00 for the Kunsthal. There is however a down side for both locations; in addition to the extra investment needed for (extra) attractive programming, costs towards organisation and safety – to make sure the stream of visitors is handled properly – are too high. 

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen says it isn’t able to guarantee the safety of the increased visitors numbers and artworks. The Kunsthal has chosen to focus on other priorities this year, including its festive reopening on Saturday 1 February.

For the 2015 edition of the Museumnacht, both institutions are working together with the organisers and other museums to figure out different ways of generating income from the event. Other options  are also being looked in to such as the launch of a Museum Park Night on 21 June, the longest day of the year.

This spring both institutions will open with a surprising exhibition programme. Museum Boijmans van Beuningen presents the exhibitions ‘Brancusi, Rosso, Man Ray – Framing Sculpture’ from 8 February, in addition to the series Sensory Spaces and the solo exhibition by Alexandra Bircken. Highlights at the Kunsthal include the exhibition ’S.H.O.E.S. Head over Heels’, ‘marimekko. design for a happy life’, ‘The Second World War in 100 objects’ and ‘Of many different feathers’ by the 17th-century artist Andries Beeckman.

Photo: studio Hans Wildschut 2008

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