Maritime Masterpieces: All eyes on the paintings

Aligned horizons

‘We hung the paintings so that all the horizons were aligned. The works of art hang on transparent coloured acrylic, allowing you to look right through the exhibition hall and see the paintings floating like ships in a fleet. The reflections of the two museums on the masterpieces are incorporated into the graphic layer, with the texts printed on the end pieces. On one side, the Maritime Museum explains the maritime aspects, while on the other side, Boijmans van Beuningen focuses on art history. In the design, we have allowed for the large number of visitors expected, so that they can easily navigate their way through the fleet of nautical masterpieces.’


Paulien Berendsen and Roel Vaessen of Studio Parade were commissioned to create a fitting interior design for the Maritime Masterpieces exhibition at the Rotterdam Maritime Museum. This exhibition is the last in the ‘Boijmans bij de Buren’ (Boijmans Next Door) series, which came about as a result of the eight-year closure of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the relocation of the collection to various other museums. The designer duo wanted to create transparency to do full justice to the art.

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About the architect

Studio Parade is a multidisciplinary design agency located in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. They work in product design and spatial design. Studio Parade’s work encompasses interiors, furniture, exhibitions, products for public spaces, graphic design, and independent projects.

Materials: Hanging masterpieces on masterpieces

This brilliant concept highlights the optical purity and stability of the base holding the paintings. The subtlety of the colours means they do not overpower the masterpieces. This museum-quality material comes with a sleek edge finish. The desire was for the panels to have a designer look about them.

An issue raised at an early stage was whether acrylic would be strong enough for the partitions. This question was put to Pyrasied, the go-to supplier of plastics. Bearing in mind all the desired design elements, the decision was made to use acrylic with a transparent depth of colour. The transparency opens up the space and the subtle colours create an iridescent effect.

When it came to materials, Versato New Colours and Crystal were the obvious choice. Acrylic panels with a thickness of 25 mm were made especially for this project. These thick panels create a bold statement and form a stable base for the beautiful works of art. The colour composition ensures that the paintings stand out, while forming a striking contrast with the white lettering presenting information about the exhibits. In other words, these works by the masters hang on Pyrasied masterpieces.


Easily disassembled yet durable

It was agreed that Pyrasied would work with the Rotterdam Maritime Museum to ensure all of the materials would be fully recycled into new sheet material after the exhibition. Our recycling service means we can guarantee the circularity of acrylic in the Netherlands. As it turned out, the panels ended up being repurposed in their original form instead of being recycled into new sheet material.

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