During the project Making Space for Lace, all the boxes of lace were opened and all the objects were carefully inspected, measured, described and photographed.

This exhibition provides a taster of the behind-the-scenes activities that visitors will enjoy in Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, the world’s first publicly accessible art storage facility that is currently under construction next to the museum. A selection of objects which caught the attention of the ‘Making Space for Lace’ team because of their aesthetic and historical value is now on view.

Not many people know that Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has a magnificent collection of historical lace, comprising no fewer than 2600 pieces. These costly historical pieces are on display in two galleries alongside old master paintings depicting people wearing luxurious lace accessories and the work of contemporary artists and designers who have been inspired by traditional lace, such as Chris Kabel and Isabel Ferrand.