Director Sjarel Ex leaves Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen



Sjarel Ex will step down as director of the Rotterdam Boijmans Van Beuningen museum this fall. Ex has been responsible for artistic and business matters at the museum since 2004.

The museum will be closed for renovation in the coming years. Last year, King Willem-Alexander opened the internationally renowned Depot Boijmans van Beuningen. It was the first art depot in the world that is open to the public and was partly created by Ex.

According to a spokesperson for the museum, the Depot can be seen as the crown on his work. Since the depot has just been completed, this is a logical time to leave through the front door, writes Rijnmond.

‘Visionary with guts’

For the past three years, Ex shared the directorship with Ina Klaassen. She calls him a visionary with guts. “His idiosyncratic view and inspired approach have fueled and propelled the growth that the museum has gone through.”

Ex has confidence in the future of the Boijmans. “I leave the museum and depot behind with peace of mind,” he says.

The start of the renovation of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen did not go without a hitch. Work started in 2019 and was initially expected to last until 2026. That soon became 2029. Until then, the museum is closed.

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