The fourth episode of Boijmans TV 2013 is called ‘I Spy with my Little Eye.’ And naturally everybody responds to this with: ‘So what do you see then?’ Mandy looks out from behind her desk on the enormous Easter egg by Jeff Koons and suddenly sees the Easter Hare - or is it a rabbit? Now she sees him - now she doesn’’t. She follows the animal and gets lost on the stairs of a building that looks like the museum, but isn’t. It turns out to be a place of sickness and suffering: the Rotterdam Eye Hospital.
Kees Sol, member of the board of the Eye Hospital, however, sees it differently. He explains to Arie - who, because of a broken lamp, initially doesn’t see who’s sitting in the ‘Hole of Cattelan’ - that there is so much art to be seen in the Eye Hospital in order to dispel the fear of the patients and to help the healing process.
While Mandy wanders through the Eye Hospital with ‘eyes wide shut’, the opticians who Bregje entertains move through the museum with their eyes closed, and finally stand in front of ‘The Blind Man’ by the Belgian painter Gustave Van de Woestijne. Bregje wants to get some insight from the specialists: what does the world actually look like for somebody who is blind? Does a blind person perhaps see other things? Things that a sighted person doesn’t see?
Boijmans TV is a collaboration of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, RTV Rijnmond and Ro Theater, developed with the support of VSBfonds and the Mediafonds. The series was produced by the Rotterdam-based production house Popov Film.
The Boijmans TV team:
Sander Burger (final editor)
Kuba Szutkowski (producer)
Dragan Bakema (creative producer)
Edgar Kapp (production leader)
Jetse Batelaan (director of guided tours)
Wilfried de Jong (concept and interviews)
Els Hoek (research and direction)
And many others.