Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen wins at the European Museum of the Year Awards 2023!

Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen was awarded a Special Prize of Commendation at the European Museum of the Year Awards in Barcelona. Building and organization were praised for the manner in which it combines art, the public and the preservation of a museum collection. A jury of museum professionals states that Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen offers ‘the concept of an open city storage in a completely novel way.’ The museum is proud and honoured by this recognition.

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Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen was one of 33 nominees. It was also the only Dutch museum that was nominated in 2023. In previous years, the Dutch museums Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Museum van de Geest | Dolhuys were lauded by EMYA.

From the EMYA 2023 Jury Report about Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, a building that was designed by MVRDV architects from Rotterdam and opened its doors to public in November 2021:

“A museum that is committed to promoting openness, accessibility, and transparency through its innovative approach and efforts to make its collection publicly accessible. By doing so, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, challenges the traditional notion of an art museum and whom it is meant for. Visitors can experience its art collections, conservation practices, and the concept of an open city storage in a completely novel way.”

The annual conference and gala of EMYA were held in Spain, in the weekend of 3-6 May, at MUHBA, the historical museum of Barcelona. The Main Prize, the European Museum of the Year 2023 was awarded to L’ETNO, the ethnological museum of Valencia.

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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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