Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and MVRDV lifted the veil of the world’s 1st art depot to Chinese media

museum boijmans van beuningen

The virtual press conference for Chinese media in relation to the world’s 1st public art Depot of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen took place from MVRDV‘s head office in Rotterdam.

The online Chinese press conference to showcase the Rotterdam’s art depot of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen took place on 21st September ahead of the silver opening of the depot this week. From the cutting-edge design & architecture company, MVRDV‘s Rotterdam head office, Winy Maas (one of the founders of MVRDV) welcomed 20+ Chinese medias. ¬†Art/Design/Architecture and National medias including China Daily attended the exclusive meeting and participated in the live Q&A.

The opening speech of the meeting was addressed by his excellency Dutch ambassador Wim Geerts in Beijing. Both Winy Maas and Sjarel Ex (Director of the Museum) were the featured speakers.

MVRDV head office in Rotterdam

The structure of the building is futuristic, with walls of mirrored glass curving up more than 40 metres, reflecting the iron-grey clouds and the fractured city skyline. The “Depot” blends in with the Museumpark and its surroundings. This new landmark of the city is described as a beautiful landscape sitting charmingly in the port city by Mr. Ex. One special feature about this depot building is that it is designed with five “climate zones” to accommodate various artefacts in its rich art collection of centuries.

The Netherlands has been taking some progressive steps towards a more innovative and transparent art/museum world. Both opening up of the museum depot and the Night Watch restoration project at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam both mark a powerful shift in how museums see their role, particularly as they emerge from lockdown and re-evaluate their place in the world.