Curator donates works of art to retired Boijmans

A large drawing by artist JA Knip was recently acquired for the Dutch Museum. Retired senior curator Albert Elen donates it to enrich the collection he has kept for 19 years.

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To celebrate his retirement this month, Albert J. Elen, Senior Curator for Drawing and Prints at the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, donates an impressive drawing by Dutch artist Josephus Augustus Knip (1777-1847). This large study of trees, made during Knip’s stay in Rome (1809-1812), was incorporated into a painting in 1817 which has been in the museum’s collection since 1869. The drawing will be exhibited with the painting in the spring of 2022 in a presentation of a selection of acquisitions made by the curator.

Albert Elen is best known for his many years of involvement in the former Koenigs collection. His book Old missing drawings from the Franz Koenigs collection claimed by the State of the Netherlands (1989) led to the discovery in 1992 of 308 drawings which had been hidden in Moscow since 1945 (these have still not been returned) and 139 drawings hidden in Kiev, which in 2004 resulted in their return by Ukraine, their exhibition like Return of a lost treasure, and the reunification with the core of the Koenigs collection at the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum.

For the museum, he has developed online collection catalogs, such as Dutch drawings from the 15th and 16th centuries (2012) and organized exhibitions, including Rembrandt in Rotterdam (2006), Bosch in Bloemaert (2014) and Fra Bartolommeo. The divine rebirth. These include many designs from the Koenigs collection

In the recently opened Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, the gallery spaces will organize changing displays with collectibles from the compartments of the repository, with a primary focus on aspects of conservation and management. The works on paper, with more than 19,000 drawings and 69,000 prints, form the largest sub-collection of the museum. There are representative works of virtually all well-known masters in Western art history, such as Dürer, Rembrandt, Boucher, Piranesi, Goya and Daumier. But also lesser-known artists, like Knip, are well represented.

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