17 January 2009 | Rotterdam

The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has ‘refreshed’ its semi-permanent display of old and modern masters, called The Collection Two for the next two years. In 11 of the 39 rooms on the first floor selections of prints (appr. 45) and drawings (appr. 75) are presented in specially made glass cases. In view of the vulnerability of works of art on paper these rooms have been darkened; the level of artificial light is reduced below 50 lux. The museum changes the selections of drawings every three months, the prints every half year.Drawings and prints will be combined with paintings and – in one case – a tapestry (Rubens). Masters of whom the museum does not have paintings, such as Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael, are represented by drawings or prints, one at a time. A keen selection of drawings will demonstrate the function of drawings in the artistic process, as designs and studies for prints or paintings, but also as part of the educational process in the artist’s workshop. In addition, finished drawings as works of art in their own right are shown. All counted together approximately 600 drawings and 180 prints will be put on display during the next two years. The Collection Two will be succeeded by The Collection Three in January 2011, and so on.