The creation of Cadavre Exquis (Exquisite Corpse) was an important part of Surrealism and practiced by artists such as André Breton, Man Ray, Yves Tanguy, Paul Eluard, Salvador Dali et al. To enable those stuck at home to have some creative outlet the Instagram account of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is dedicated to a contemporary experiment, a drawing relay inspired by the Cadavre Exquis.
On Wednesday 25th March, the Rotterdam artist Iwan Smit got the ball rolling with an image composed of three works from the museum’s collection. Each subsequent creator takes two elements from the last drawing and adds a new element to it. Participants can immediately submit a new work, the faster, the more new guises get a podium place – a sequence of Exquisite Corpses on the Boijmans Instagram account with more than 44,000 followers. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen responds to our current reality. Join us at an appropriate distance, surreal and safe. To give as many illustrators as possible a chance to create and show an image, everyone can submit their new work for the Boijmans Stories.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam had been showing its collection in school, at neighboring museums and in museums abroad until the corona measures came into effect. Now that the collection has not been on display for a long time, we are experimenting online how the collection can remain visible. The Boijmans collection consists of more than 151,000 objects. More than 42,000 of them can be seen online.
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