Dutch museum unveils once-hidden art collection in new mirrored warehouse

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View of artwork arsenic Dutch depository Boijmans Van Beuningen opens its "Depot", a striking caller gathering to location the parts of its postulation usually hidden from nationalist presumption successful Rotterdam, Netherlands November 5, 2021. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

ROTTERDAM, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Dutch creation and plan depository Boijmans Van Beuningen connected Friday opened a stunning mirrored warehouse called the "Depot" to show the large bulk of its postulation usually kept successful underground storage, hidden from nationalist view.

While astir museums lone person the abstraction to amusement a tiny portion of their wide collection, the Rotterdam creation depository has present unveiled 151,000 works of creation for the nationalist successful an airy, multi-storied, alloy and solid building.

Boijmans manager Sjarrel Ex told Reuters that creation museums typically amusement conscionable the extremity of the iceberg of their collection, meaning a staggering 93 percent of works are ne'er connected display.

"There is simply a infinitesimal wherever the things you (cannot) look astatine descend into oblivion," Ex said, adding the caller gathering tin accommodate implicit 60,000 visitors a twelvemonth connected guided tours oregon pursuing a acceptable walking route.

The depot, which features figurative Dutch creation from the aboriginal Middle Ages to the 21st period and has 1 of the world's astir important collections of drawings, offers a precise antithetic acquisition from the accustomed curated museums.

"There is nary editing successful this depot astatine all," Ex said, adding that radical tin research the warehouse astatine random according to their ain curiosities and glean accusation astir works connected a peculiar app oregon by scanning a QR-code.

Long-running plans to make the nationalist depot got an other boost successful 2013 erstwhile flooding threatened the museum's postulation successful underground storage. It was decided that the artworks would beryllium safer connected presumption with bully information supra ground, Ex said.

Reporting by Piroschka van de Wou Writing by Stephanie van den Berg Editing by Mark Heinrich

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