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Uploaded on Nov 4, 2011
A 400 year time-travel through the collection brings you from the Old Master Cornelis van Haarlem to Sandro Chia, a so called Italian 'Trans-vanguard'. But what, actually, do their paintings have in common?
Well, nothing. Except that Wim Beeren, director at the time, presented them side by side to the board of advice and had one painting legitimize the purchase of the other one.
During the 1970s old, figurative art was not of much interest to a director who had the ambition to transform Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen into a center of modern and contemporary art. Beeren preferably bought abstract monumental sculptures by American artists.
But suddenly there were New Wild Painters from Germany and in Italy a group of figurative painters emerged and was labeled Trans-vanguard. Art history was re-written. And Jeroen Giltaij, newly appointed curator of old art, was an eye-witness.