Museum Van Nagsael

Van Nagsael had a rotating directorship: in the uneven months Rolf Engelen had the directorship of Van Nagsael and on even months Silvia B. was the director. The museum was entirely a co-operation in the founding and building, through which it stood on a neutral ground, where upon it was desirable to invite a third party. Each exhibition's duration was a whole month; the first of the month was the installation day. Van Nagsael was opened day and night. The news spreaded by word-of-mouth, or sent through the Museum's postcard. The Museum had no invitations, no openings and no cashflow. It was an easy organisation, one that is free from tedious administrative chores. It was, therefore, close to the basics of art: in the pleasure of the making, the exhibiting and the viewing. Van Nagsael was both intimate in the function of an exhibition room and public in its function as a work of art in public space. For the directors these facts were more important than the scale, however the scale had some significance, being 1:15. For them what was most important, is the Museum's total integration in the surrounding. Making in the small vitrine an even smaller space actually enlarged the terrain of the Museum. For the artists that were invited to exhibit, what seemed most important is the approach of Van Nagsael not so much as a miniature exhibition space, but more as an artwork - half of the artwork that was to be completed every month anew. For the visitor to Van Nagsael, by chance or intention, on route through the city, the Museum was viewed alone and privately.


Museum Van Nagsael

established at Botersloot 40* Rotterdam

open day and night.

For additional information:

director of odd months: Rolf Engelen 06.421.50.413
director of even months: Silvia B.




Museum Van Nagsael, (11 years, 132 exhibitions)
publication Museum Van Nagsael/Veenman Publishers
texts by Marcel Möring, Tanja Karreman, Frans Eiken & Ben Zegers,
Belinda Tournier, Reinaart Vanhoe, Robert Preece

Exchanging Roles, alternative platforms from Rotterdam
publication C/O care/of, Milan, IT
texts by Patricia Pulles

Het toppunt van Nederland, travelguide
Het kleinste museum ter wereld, Aad Struijs/Plataan publishers,
texts by Aad Struijs

Beeld voor beeld in het centrum van Rotterdam, travelguide
publication CBK/SKVR Rotterdam,
text by Gusta Kullberg
medio 2008
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam photo's
documentary installation of Museum Van Nagsael: building, film and archive
since january 1997
Museum of Museums, Waregem, BE
curator Johan van Geluwe
january 2015
La La La Human Steps, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
june 2013
THE CITY, THE ARTISTS AND THE MUSEUM, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
july - october 2009

De nieuwe collectie, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Installation and archive recently purchased and on show in the exhibition of new aquisitions.

march, april 2007
Exchanging Roles, alternative platforms from Rotterdam
C/O care/of, Milan, IT
curator Patricia Pulles
january 2007
Omringd door goede voorbeelden, 1951 DHZW 2007: Toekomstig erfgoed
STROOM, The Hague
curators atelier Veldwerk/choises of Tanja Karreman
december 2006
showcase-installation of Museum Van Nagsael's book
together with sculptures by Maria Roosen (2 pairs of slippers for the giant of Rotterdam)
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
curators former directors Museum Van Nagsael
july, august, 2007
Museumtijdschrift, nr 5, RE-visie, boeken
Centimeterwerk, review by Hanneke de Man
july, 2007
Highlights, GR
Museum Van Nagsael, essay by Maria Aggeli
10 april , 2006
june, july, 2006
Gonzo (circus), BE
Kunst voor gluurders, review by Sam Steverlijnck
november, 2005
Kunstbeeld, nr 11 , jaargang 29
Tien jaar Museum Van Nagsael, essay by Roos van Put
september, 2005
Call your ex, quit your job,
review by Rob Hamelijnck
june 11, 2005
AD Leefwereld, zomer 2005
Kleinste museum,
essay by Remko de Kok
may, 2005
Museum Van Nagsael,
review by Rob Hamelijnck
march, 2004
R’ uit, nr. 3/8
Trendy, origineel en met veel liefde.., essay by Marleen Bos
summer, 2002
World Sculpture News
The Luck of The Dice, review by Robert Preece
may, june, 2002
Umelec International
World’s smallest museum, Marisa Pridová
may, june, 2002
Flash Art
World’s smallest...,News editors review
spring, 2002
World Sculpture News
Response to Bosch, News,editors review
march 08, 2002
Dagblad Zaanstreek, Noordhollands Dagblad - Stad en Streek
Het grenzeloze blauw van Moritz Ebinger,
review by Conny Scholtes
autumn, 2001
World Sculpture News
Venus Flytrap, News, editors review
november, 2001
Stads TV Rotterdam, Pietje Bell
television interview
april, 2001
Musea spelen hoofdrol in reisgids, editors essay
february 24, 2001
Algemeen Dagblad
Reisgids als medicijn tegen de verveling, photo’s
october, 2000
de Straatkrant, nr.76
essay by Annemie Visser
september 02, 2000
Rotterdams Dagblad
Een museum in een vitrine, essay by Judith Boer
may 17, 2000

Kijkdoos-museum aan de Botersloot in het zonnetje, essay by Saskia Hak

april, 2000

Radio Rijnmond
interview in the ‘week of the smallest’

september, 1997

Mini-Musea, De allerkleinste expositieruimtes, Cultuurjournaal


HTV de IJsberg, nr. 15,
total front page

june 12, 1996
NRC Handelsblad
Het kleinste museum ter wereld, M. Vermeijden
june, 1996
Radio 1
newspaper reviews
january 22, 1996
R’dams Dagblad
Museum Van Nagsael dag en nacht geopend, essay by C. Zijlmans