Anybody wishing to look at a work from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen collection on paper, can request it from the Print Room. You have a choice from more than 80,000 items. That may seem a lot, yet the museum’s collection of drawings and prints is not famous for its size, but for its quality. With its extremely rare drawings by Hieronymus Bosch, its exceptional watercolours by Paul Cézanne, refined designs by Pieter Bruegel and experiments by Pablo Picasso, it is one of the finest print collections in the world.

This video tells the history of the Print Room and shows how even today the collection is still growing. In recent years, thanks to the support of the Stichting Van Beuningen/Peterich Fund, many acquisitions have been made of large drawings by contemporary artists who work in the tradition of Bosch, Bruegel and Surrealism. A selection is being exhibited in Rotterdam under the title: ‘Extravagant, Shameless, Unlimited’. It will continue until 30 September 2012.

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