Edwin Janssen

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

The Boymans museum is renowned for its extensive collection of old-master paintings and sculptures. Edwin Janssen’s installation, Narcissus en de poel des verderfs (Narcissus in the pool of corruption, 1994), consisted largely of works already in the museum’s collection: sculptures by Nam June Paik, Auguste Rodin, and Duane Hanson, and others, as well as paintings by artists including Peter Paul Rubens, Gerard Ter Barch, Honoré Daumier, Rembrandt, and Jan Steen. In addition, Janssen used mirrors, a skeleton, and reproductions of paintings in this installation, which could be reached only after passing through several exhibition halls in the museum.

The old master paintings selected were presented on latticelike structures. If Janssen could not obtain the original of a particular work, he used a reproduction. The works were grouped under various themes, in contrast to the way that the

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