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Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen announces The Road to Van Eyck

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents The Road to Van Eyck, an exhibition on view from October 13 2012 until February 10 2013.

Van Eyck Triptych with the Embalming of the Body of Christ and St Anthony Panel, c. 40 x 70 cm. Private collection

In 2008 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen organised the successful exhibition ‘Early Hollanders. Paintings from the Late Middle Ages’. The successor to this exhibition goes one step further back in history and ends with Jan van Eyck (c.1390-1441). The exhibition is an art-historical voyage of discovery and will present the only images we have of Holland in the early Middle Ages. Practically all the paintings that still exist from this period will be assembled in Rotterdam. This is the first time that all these paintings have been brought together. And because of their fragile condition, it will also be the last time.

The core of the exhibition will comprise panel paintings, complemented by a small by high-quality selection of sculptures, metalwork, illuminated manuscripts and drawings. The highlight of the exhibition will be a small group of paintings by Van Eyck and artists from his circle, including the restored ‘The Three Marys at the Tomb’. This is the first and – due to the fragility of the works – probably the last time that an exhibition on this subject will be held.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen would like to thank the following foundations, companies and private individuals, whose enthusiastic and generous support has made ‘The Road to Van Eyck’ exhibition possible: the Turing Foundation, Robeco, BankGiro Loterij, Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, VSBfonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (thanks, in part, to the Breeman Talle Fonds), Aon Artscope, Unilever, Nedspice, Ploum Lodder Princen, Blockbusterfonds and SNS REAAL Fonds. A campaign has been launched on the initiative of private individuals to support this exhibition, to which you are also welcome to contribute.

For further information about the ‘Van Eyck Circle’, please visit

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