The art collection in Depot Boijmans

From March 25, the Rabo Art Collection will present a new exhibition in the compartment on the fourth floor in the Rabo@Depot. This third collection exhibition is built around the work Mental Map by Fernando Sánchez Castillo. Through this work, we can take a peek into his head. Power and the symbols of power are major topics in this work. The story of David and Goliath – the individual who makes a stand against (supreme) power – takes center stage.


Mental Map

The age-old story of David and Goliath, the individual who makes a stand against (supreme) power, has been interwoven in the Mental Map. The most striking image of this could very well be that iconic photo of the anonymous Chinese man who stopped a column of tanks all by himself in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989. However, Fernando establishes more links with history, stories, and myths.

Further on in the exhibition, we see a turning carousel full of mysterious paper figures that seem to have come straight out of a feverish dream. We look at Michael Raedecker's odd trees while lying on our back, we see how Ger van Elk tries to smooth out the ripples in water, or we are surprised at the minor differences between the dinner table and the meeting table of a female captain of industry, photographed by Jacqueline Hassink. Opposites, therefore; are small versus large, complex versus simple, public versus private, and fragile versus robust. Nature and culture, and man holding his own inside them.

Group exhibition with works by: Leon Adriaans, Atelier Van Lieshout, Ger van Elk, Alicia Framis, Jacqueline Hassink, Arne Hendriks, Carlijn Kingma, Job Koelewijn, Mark Manders, Pieter Laurens Mol, Matthew Monahan, Hans Op de Beeck, Antonietta Peeters, Michael Raedecker, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Karen Sargsyan and Guido van der Werve.


Our exhibition room on the fourth floor of Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Address: Museumpark 24, Rotterdam.