Collecting Collectors is the title of the loan exhibition at TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) which runs from March 11-20 at Maastricht in The Netherlands. It will feature a small but choice selection of master drawings and prints from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.
Works by Fra Bartolommeo (1473-1517), numbering 400 sheets with 500 drawings assembled in two luxury albums by Florentine collector Niccolò Gabburri in 1729, are a particular highlight of the collection. One of the albums will be included in the selection at TEFAF Maastricht 2016, as a prelude to the forthcoming large Fra Bartolommeo exhibition in Rotterdam in the autumn of 2016.
The museum collection of around 17,000 drawings and 65,000 prints provides an overview of western art history from the Middle Ages. There are works by old masters like Albrecht Dürer, Lucas van Leyden and Rembrandt van Rijn and modern and contemporary artists like Paul Cézanne, Salvador Dalí, René Magritte and Yayoi Kusama. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is named after two collectors who both were essential in the establishment of the museum’s international reputation – Frans Boijmans (1767-1847) and D.G. van Beuningen (1877-1955). Boijmans’ bequest founded the museum in 1849 and in 1940 Van Beuningen acquired and then donated the majority of the Franz Koenigs collection of master drawings.