Intervention #20 - Evelyne Janssen

POPHOUSE! An Extreme Case of Dollhouse

11 Feb 2012
12 Aug 2012

From February a playful, associative and apparently disordered miniature universe will descend upon the heart of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Evelyne Janssen will be installing her objects in the four spaces known as the cloverleaf. She has fused the English term ‘dollhouse’ and its Dutch equivalent ‘poppenhuis’ to create POPHOUSE!


Evelyne Janssen in Atelier (1995). (Deel) Foto Wubbo de Jong -

From family altar to living room

Evelyne Janssen uses her objects to create a series of new worlds. The broom cupboard has been transformed into a kind of family altar, with a sound recording and photograph of her father Pierre Janssen (1926-2007). He is known to many as the presenter of the arts programme ‘Kunstgrepen’ in the early days of Dutch television. She calls this the ‘exhalation space’, a name that her father gave to the canteen in the Gemeentemuseum Arnhem, of which he was director. The room ‘The Real Life of Design’ contains sofas from here parents’ collection and two films - ‘Streep’s Evening Hours’ (1999-2007) and ‘Ziep the Film’ (2007- 2012) are projected on the walls. Another room, ‘Being in the Beanery’ (after Kienholz), is festooned with small works that appear light-hearted but which are mementos of departed loved ones.

Collections of worlds

Evelyne Janssen lives and works in Rotterdam. Since her youth she has collected toys and other objects, which she uses to depict reality in miniature. Janssen sees her artistic practice as, ‘…a spectacle for young and old and an autobiographical record of my life and times.’

City Collection

Intervention #20 Evelyne Janssen – Pophouse! is presented under the auspices of the City Collection. Since 1987 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has collected and presented art and design by Rotterdam-based makers. The City Collection now contains thousands of objects from 1945 to the present day.