Bunkhouse, Paul McCarthy’s cutting parody of the American dream, has been added to the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. In addition to Santa Claus, Rotterdam now has a second McCarthy showpiece. Paul McCarthy’s Bunkhouse (1996) has been added to the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen thanks to the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund, BankGiro Loterij and the Van Rede Fund. The 168m2 art installation was already a crown jewel in 2020 in the museum’s successful drive-thru exhibition in Rotterdam Ahoy last summer.
Boijmans has a first with Bunkhouse: it is the first time that such a monumental installation by McCarthy has been housed in a Dutch museum collection. In the course of 2022, Bunkhouse in Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen will be publicly registered and preserved and prepared for storage or loan and presentation.
Sjarel Ex, Director of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen: “It’s great that with the support of Mondriaan Fund, BankGiro Loterij and Fonds Van Rede we succeeded in getting Bunkhouse to Rotterdam. The city has gained a provocative masterpiece — the first monumental McCarthy installation in a Dutch museum collection. The museum is a sanctuary for art, especially when it is as absurd and maladjusted as McCarthy’s works.”
19th May 2021