Art Rotterdam Week sparks explosion of culture and contemporary art
December 12, 2014
Art Rotterdam Week 2015 will once again transform Rotterdam into a dazzling festival of culture and contemporary art during the first week of February. Art lovers will have the opportunity to visit numerous art and design fairs, unique exhibitions, site fairs, open studios and pop-up shows during the event from 5 through 8 February 2015. One of the event’s most popular attractions is Art Rotterdam, which is regarded by some as the leading art fair in Holland. Art Rotterdam will be held at the Van Nelle Factory that was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site last summer.
Art Rotterdam (5-8 February 2015) will bring the latest developments in the visual arts into focus again during this sixteenth edition. This art event is increasingly seen as an alternative to the large international fairs because it succeeds in approaching young art from multiple angles within a diverse range of exhibition concepts. The Projections exhibition, for example, presents video art in an open and interactive setting. The Mondriaan Fund will once again exhibit works by young talented artists in the spectacular hall of the Van Nelle Factory’s former distribution centre.
A new feature of this year’s edition of Art Rotterdam is the podium for young talent called Intersections. Fons Hof (Director of Art Rotterdam): ‘Intersections shows a very specific part of the art world: the places where artists can create their first exhibitions in complete freedom. This makes it a wonderful addition to Art Rotterdam’s range of exhibitions devoted to young art.’ The first edition of Intersections will centre on the theme of the Netherlands-Flanders Year 2015 and will consequently focus exclusively on Dutch and Flemish initiatives. Young artists working in the fields of video, installation and performance art will have the chance to push their artistic boundaries in practice in the Van Nelle Factory’s 1,300 square metres of former workshops.
This is the second time the fair is being held in the Van Nelle Factory. Visitors will also be able to take a guided tour of the Van Nelle Factory. Experienced architectural specialists will serve as the guides for these group tours that will include an exhibition and a film presentation. The two-Michelin-star restaurant FRED in Rotterdam will open a pop-up restaurant in the Van Nelle Factory’s Schiegebouw.
Some of the highlights of the Art Rotterdam Week:
Rotterdam Contemporary - 4 – 8 February 2015
Rotterdam Contemporary, formerly the RAW Art Fair, focuses on contemporary art. The art fair is held in the Cruise Terminal Rotterdam and provides a lively mix of galleries and art initiatives showcasing photography, design, music, installations, videos, sound and performance.
OBJECT Rotterdam – 5 – 8 February 2015
OBJECT Rotterdam is the contemporary design fair that will take place this year aboard ss Rotterdam, the former flagship of the Holland America Line. OBJECT presents limited editions and unique pieces from up-and-coming designers representing different disciplines.
La La La Human Steps – 6 February – 17 May 2015
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents its spring exhibition ‘La La La Human Steps’ that is comprised almost exclusively of works from its own museum collection. The exhibition presents recently acquired film and video installations combined with popular classics from the 20th century, classic contemporary and old masters from the collection. All the works refer to ‘La condition humaine’, the human condition.
Freedom & Independence – 24 January – 1 March 2015
Kunsthal Rotterdam presents the world premiere of the film ‘Freedom & Independence’ by Bjørn Melhus. This experimental, fictitious film explores the different aspects of faith, religion and neo-liberal capitalism. It is part of the ‘The Theory of Freedom’ exhibition featuring short films and video installations by Bjørn Melhus.
AVL Mundo – 5 – 8 February 2015
Atelier van Lieshout presents the complete Blastfurnace for the first time ever. It is an installation made of steel that is more than 11 metres tall and is driven by manpower and simple mechanics. AVL-Mundo has been established by artist Joep van Lieshout, who has gained international acclaim primarily for his large utopian projects.
Woody van Amen/Hidde van Schie – 5 February – 19 April 2015
TENT, a platform for contemporary art that has its roots in Rotterdam, presents the ‘New Romantic Spirit’ exhibition. Pop Art legend Woody van Amen and painter/musician Hidde van Schie will show their joint quest to find images that convey a new and contemporary sense of life. They express this in paintings, light works, installations and collages that serve the increasingly more complex visual reality.
Tribute to an Avenue – 16 January – 8 February 2015
‘Tribute to an Avenue’ is an after-dark outdoor exhibition. Short films by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists will be shown on walls, shop windows and prominent and semi-covered locations on Rotterdam’s main city centre boulevard the Coolsingel. The films will be shown from sundown to sunrise.
Transportation during Art Week
Visitors will be able to enjoy free transportation to all the different locations throughout Art Rotterdam Week. The festival week is concentrated around three locations: the Van Nelle Factory, the Wilhelminapier and the Museum Quarter. A complimentary shuttle service will be provided between all the art and design fairs. The route will also include stops at Atelier van Lieshout/Vierhavengebied and Museumpark/Witte de Withstraat so everyone can visit the programme segments and museums in this area.