No plans yet for this weekend? Get your culture fix in Rotterdam.
Four days only, from february 9 – 12, new young artists are up for discovery during the annual Art Rotterdam fair.
The 18th edition of Art Rotterdam will once again revolve around the newest developments in contemporary art. Its focus on young art, its variety of the different sections, the connection with the city Rotterdam and the historic location – Van Nelle Factory – give Art Rotterdam its unique identity.
For an increasing number of art lovers, Art Rotterdam is the attractive alternative within the international field of art fairs and attracts more visitors, both domestic and international, every year. We enjoyed our preview today.
“Art Rotterdam is a conglomerate of presentations and activities that have upgraded the harbour city to the country’s most prominent art city”
__Jury Report AICA (International Association of Art Critics) Certificate 2016
Van Nelle Factory
The location is again the famous Van Nelle Fabriek, the icon adorning the UNESCO World Heritage List and former Dutch tobacco company. An ingenious, cutting-edge factory complex built in 1923 and the 12.000 m2 forms the perfect industrial backdrop for art.
Art Rotterdam is divided in 6 sections: Video art at Projections, installations and performances at Intersections, the latest generation of young Dutch artists at Prospects & Concepts and young galleries with solo presentations at the New Art Section. Seventy galleries, including all Dutch top galleries, present the latest developments in the Main Section.
Art Rotterdam, up for discussion
Art Rotterdam is not only about watching art. There’s room for discussion and reflection as well, on many levels. The Talks and Discussions programme offers a specific theme regarding contemporary art on a daily basis. Check the 2017 Reflection programme.
Let’s talk art
What did we like most? A difficult question since there is so much to see and danger lures that art saturation sets in. We lingered for quite some time at C & H Gallery, stand #85, at the solo show of Dutch artist Zoro Feigl. His installations seem to be alive, his materials dance and twist.
Something completely different but as intriguing is the work by Mandy den Elzen at stand #10 in the Prospects & Concepts hall. In Mandy’s work, her material is the main subject. She changes raw material – in this case fish gill – into a finished work which can be displayed.
Tanja and I are taking a closer look at the work of her cousin Abel Minnee. His work often travels in the grey area between commercial and autonomous photography.
The variety shown at this fair is endless and photography plays a major role. We love the series ‘If This is True…, by Dutch photographer Robin the Puy. These portraits taken during her road trip on a Harley-Davidson through the USA. A selection of that show, including new and unseen works, is displayed at The Ravenstijn Gallery in the Main Section at stand #45.
Like beauty, art is in the eye of the beholder. The best way to discover what you like is to go find out yourself. You have 4 days.
Van Nelle Fabriek | Van Nelleweg 1 | 3044 BC | Rotterdam
February 9 – 12, | daily 11.00 – 19.00 (Friday until 21.00)
Entrance fee 17,50 € |online tickets 13,50 € | kids up to 12 years free
There is so much more on art display these days in Rotterdam, that staying the night might be a good idea. CitizenM Hotel Rotterdam is partner hotel of Art Rotterdam and has a special fair rate: 90€ per night for a double room (2 pers), breakfast and tax included.
Our suggestion for the next morning: visit Object Rotterdam, thé fair for contemporary design and is held inside the impressive cruise ship ss Rotterdam.