DEPOT - Reflecting Boijmans during IFFR 2023

The documentary DEPOT - Reflecting Boijmans premieres at the 2023 International Film Festival Rotterdam. Sonia Herman Dolz's film tells the story of the founding of Rotterdam's iconic working building.

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Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen closed for major renovations in 2019, but only metres away an entirely new building arose. Opening its doors to the public in 2021, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is the joint dream of architect Winy Maas and Boijmans director Sjarel Ex. This documentary explores the creation of the first publicly accessible art storage building, where visitors get a behind-the-scenes look at the museum. Using archive footage of Bouw Museum Boymans, striking parallels are drawn between the Depot and the construction of the 1930s museum building.


With infectious excitement, Maas and Ex share the story of a stripped-down museum and the brand new Depot, sharing their passionate vision of past and present. Itself a monument to the future, this film reveals museum secrets and details that normally remain hidden. Both Boijmans buildings reveal themselves amongst a wealth of artworks, and the result is an affectionate symphony of art and architecture.

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DEPOT - Reflecting Boijmans is the latest project by film-maker Sonia Herman Dolz. She is known for award-winning documentaries such as Romance de Valentia (1994) about the art of bullfighting, Lágrimas negras (1998) about an ageing Cuban music group, as well as the documentary Conducting Boijmans (2015).

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About Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

The world-renowned art collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has over the span of 170 years expanded to more than 151,000 artefacts, which includes some 63,000 paintings, photos, films, pre-industrial design and design objects, contemporary art installations and sculptures, as well as 88,000 prints and drawings.

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