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The Museum Unboxed:
Managing Collections in the On Demand Age

Museums around the world usually display just six to ten percent of their collections; the remaining 90-plus percent is hidden in storage. Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is breaking with

this tradition and will make all these invisible artifacts visible.


In this webinar, the director of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Sjarel Ex shares their insight of collection management, on the world's first publicly accessible art depot. The renowned architect of Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, Winy Maas of MVRDV, shares his architectural design of this building.

The world-famous art collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has over a period of 170 years grown to include more than 151,000 artefacts. The collection offers a journey through the history of art, from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. This vast collection is highly diverse, highly respected around the world, and is unique within the Netherlands.


The entire collection will now be housed in the freshly completed Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen. The art depot offers a glimpse behind the scenes of the museum world and makes the whole art collection publicly accessible.


Hester Chan, Curator of Collections at M+, moderates this webinar. Situated in the West Kowloon Cultural District, M+ is the latest addition to the Hong Kong cultural landscape, as a museum of 20th and 21st - Century Visual Culture


22 FEBRUARY 2022 

20:00 HKST (Tuesday)

13:00 CET (Tuesday)

12:00 GMT (Tuesday)

04:00 PST (Tuesday)


Sjarel Ex

Winy Maas


Hester Chan


Li-Chun Hu


About the speakers

Sjarel Ex (1957) became the joint Director of Museum and Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in 2019 alongside Ina Klaassen, overseeing the museum’s operations and activities during the ambitious renovation of the museum and as the depot opens its doors. As a curator, he has made exhibitions with the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Paris and Istanbul, among others. Since 2005, Ex spurred the development and realisation of the first publicly accessible art depot in the world from the ground up, seeing the project to its completion in 2021. He studied the history of art at Utrecht University, worked as a researcher at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam from 1984 to 1987 and authored publications about De Stijl artists Vilmos Huszár, Theo van Doesburg and Piet Zwart.

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Winy Maas (Schijndel, NL - 1959), Founding Partner, Principal Architect, landscape architect, and urban planner, has led MVRDV’s interdisciplinary team since its establishment in 1993. Co-founded with Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries, the award-winning Dutch practice has achieved international acclaim for a wide variety of buildings, cities, and landscapes that are innovative, experimental, and merge theory with practice.

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About the guest moderator

Hester Chan is Curator of Collections at M+. Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Hester (born 1977, Rotterdam, the Netherlands) read Humanities (Mres, the London Consortium), Art Theory (MA, Leiden University), and Visual Art (BA, Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam), studying under the supervision of 60s European Pop and Conceptualists, Woody van Amen, Ewerdt Hilgemann, Wim Gijzen and Sigurdur Gudmundsson. Areas of interest include Japanese Fluxus, cross culturalism, and collection building.t.  His current scientific research focuses on cultural evolution. 

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About the moderator

Li-Chun Hu is an independent art consultant specialising in Chinese ceramics and works of art.  She has a background in classical music and industrial design before receiving her Master's in Art Market & Appraisals in England. Li-Chun's profession takes her to international Chinese art auctions, and she continues to give advisory services to private collectors, dealers, and regional auction houses around the world. Her connoisseurship, experience, and market acumen help her source the highest quality objects for a global client base.

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