New curator of Applied Art and Design at Boijmans

Boijmans’ collection of applied art and design will be given a new manager and curator. Former Groninger Museum curator Sue-an der Zijpp will switch to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam this summer.

Sue-an van der Zijpp (1971) will start on 1st July as the new curator of Applied Art and Design and will take over from Mienke Simon Thomas, who has held this position since 1993 and is retiring. In her position at the Museum , Van der Zijpp will start developing exhibitions. She also manages the museum’s collection of Applied Art and Design, a rich collection from medieval pottery to creations by Viktor & Rolf. 

International profile 

With her new appointment, Van der Zijpp brings extensive experience. As curator of contemporary art, design and fashion for the Groninger Museum, she was responsible for numerous international exhibitions and publications. She led projects with designers Marc Newson, Hussein Chalayan, Maarten Baas, Iris van Herpen, Studio Job and Daan Roosegaarde, among others. Van der Zijpp made art exhibitions with, among others, Yin Xiuzhen, Gabriel Lester, Jake & Dinos Chapman and Ai WeiWei, from whom she purchased work. She also added work by Viktor & Rolf, Folkert de Jong and Marga Weimans to the collection of the Groninger Museum. With the Rotterdam Weimans she created the exhibition Fashion House and the book of the same name. In addition, Van der Zijpp was jointly responsible for a program of internationally traveling exhibitions, including a tour by Joris Laarman and Iris van Herpen who traveled to The Cooper Hewitt in New York, the High Museum in Atlanta and the Design Museum in Holon, among others. 


Van der Zijpp graduated in Art and Architectural History from the University of Groningen, followed a Post Experience Program in History of Fashion and Design at the Royal College of Art i.c.w. the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and studied Philosophy of Technology at the University of Twente from 2016. In addition to her work as a curator, she was a consultant at Minerva Academy and the Mondriaan Foundation, a scout for the Volkskrant Visual Art Prize and the Prix de Rome, a jury member for the Gerrit Rietveld Award and she was involved as a guest lecturer in the Art History and Art studies, Culture and Media of the University of Groningen. Van der Zijpp was also a member of various advisory committees at the Creative Industries Fund NL.    29th April 2021

Photo by Aad Hoogendoorn