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Museum Talk: Art amid the Ruins

  • Sandra Smets (guest curator at Boijmans van Beuningen)
Wednesday 25 October 2023
Museum Talks at the Leiden Department of Art History
Lipsius 0.28, livestream available on this page


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Dick Elffers: 'Ruïne van Café Rondeel in de Hoogstraat' (coll. Boijmans)

Art amid the Ruins

Sandra Smets (Boijmans van Beuningen)

With introduction by Laurie Cosmo

In her talk, Sandra Smets will present Art amid the ruins, an exhibition at Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen that opens mid September 2023 and focuses on the life and work of Rotterdam artists in the aftermath of the bombing of 14 May 1940. She will relate it to her book The Firebird Generation. The central questions are: How was life for Rotterdam artists during the occupation years? How did they survive? And what difficult and sometimes impossible choices did they face? Moreover, the museum invited everyone to join this important and still relevant quest to tell stories from artists and others about the war years.

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