Events and new audiences
In 2016, many events were organised to ‘entertain’, educate and enrich both new and existing audiences; from lectures to Artist Talks, from workshops to ‘walking lectures’, from openings to FAMILY days and from master classes to ‘model scouting’. Alongside its exhibition programme, the Kunsthal offered an ever expanding side programme entitled ‘Palais des Festivals’. Furthermore, the Kunsthal joined in with yearly activities such as the Museum Night, the National Museum Week, The Third Tuesday, North Sea Jazz round Town, Rotterdam Rooftop Days, the Amsterdam UITmarkt and the Rotterdam Uitdagen. For the purpose of talent development and more in-depth investigations, special activities, such as Artist Talks, family programmes and guided tours, were offered. More information about these activities can be found under the header Education and Talent Development.
Celebrate the new year
17 January 2016
Celebrating the new year at the Kunsthal, the cold January weather did not bother our visitors in 2016. They could have their photograph taken while wearing ‘The Sweater of 2016’ as part of the ‘Greenchoice Warm Sweater Day’ and, even better, had an opportunity to knit for themselves. On 17 January visitors were offered tips and tricks during workshops, lectures and the Knittery Noon. Other activities included: ‘Biting the Herring’ with Schmidt Zeevis at the Keith Haring exhibition, Vodka & Blinis at ‘Soviet Design’ and activities connected to ‘Knitwear: from Chanel to Westwood’.
Exclusive Keith Haring Tour
21 January 2016
An exclusive guided tour of ‘Keith Haring. The Political Line’ was given by Julia Gruen, director of the Keith Haring Foundation in New York. In the 1980s, Julia Gruen was Keith Haring’s studio manager and since his death she manages the Keith Haring Foundation. During this fully booked tour, she shared her thoughts on the works and life of Keith Haring in a very personal and inspiring way.
The Kunsthal and ING want to make art and culture accessible to a wide audience. Together we propagate our joint vision of “seeing more by learning how to look better”. Our main sponsor ING’s most important contribution to this is organising the bus transportation of pupils from Rotterdam schools who would otherwise never visit the Kunsthal. In 2016, 840 pupils from nine different primary and secondary schools were driven to the Kunsthal with the Kunstbuzz. These pupils respectively visited the Keith Haring and Making Africa exhibitions.
The night of everything
5 March 2016
On Saturday 5 March, the Kunsthal celebrated ‘The Night of Everything’ during the Museum Night with among other things the festive opening of the spectacular ‘Museum of Everything’ and the event The Drawing of Everything. The kick-off took place in the Auditorium with the band De Kift and the Rotterdam cultural hero Harry Merry. During the ‘Jump Date’, part of the Philippe Halsmans exhibition, visitors were fitted with their own Salvador Dalí moustache in the moustache bar. They could also join the Disco-Knit-Relay and all exhibitions stayed open until 1 a.m.
Fernando Botero Book Signing
2 July 2016
On Saturday 2 July 2016, the exhibition ‘Botero: Celebrate Life!’ was opened to the public. The world famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero signed the exhibition catalogue for numerous visitors, many of whom had Latin American origins.
18 June until 18 September 2016
The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Kunsthal Rotterdam joined forces for the very first time for Rotterdam Xpanded, a multi-disciplinary programme with unusual films and exhibitions by internationally acclaimed artists. It included the IFFR’s White Night tents and an installation by Olafur Eliasson as well a retrospective exhibition of the world famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero that was organised by the Kunsthal. The three programmes coincided for five days, from Wednesday 13 until Sunday 17 July. During these days both the Kunsthal and the Museum Boijmans stayed open until 10 p.m. On Wednesday 13 July, a festive evening at the Museumpark was organised to celebrate the collaboration. This new summer programming led to an increased number of visitors in comparison with the rather tepid summer periods of the past. It also led to an increased number of foreign visitors from Europe or further afield as was shown by a postal code survey that was started in June 2016.
Latin life sundays!
3 July until 28 August 2016
Between 3 July and 28 August, as part of Rotterdam Xpanded, the Kunsthal organised nine Latin Life Sundays on the occasion of the Botero exhibition. Each of these Sundays, from 2 pm, the public could enjoy a varied programme of music, dance, food & cocktails, theatre, circus and poetry at the Kunsthal and the Museumpark. During North Sea Round Town, trumpet player Maite Hontelé and Amigos provided the kick-off, followed by a spectacular salsa event. There were swinging performances by the Salsability Club and Cuartito Azul during the Latin Life Sundays. Encouraged by dancers from the Rotterdam Salsability Club, visitors learned and danced their first basic steps. Other events included the Big Hula Show, a fantastic hula hoop spectacle, and Circus Rotjeknor for young ‘acrobats’. Because of the fine summer weather, every one of these Sundays was a big success!
Summer carnival all you can art
30 July 2016
The yearly carnival is an important tradition in both Curacao and Rotterdam. During the summer of 2016, the artists Mette Sterre, Klaar van der Lippe, Bart Stuart and students of the All you can Art summer school joined forces with Tirzo Martha and David Bade to work on the All you can Art carnival float and costumes for the street parade of the Summer Carnival. On Saturday 30 July, in collaboration with TENT and carnival organiser DUCOS, the Kunsthal participated in the Rotterdam Summer Carnival and won the artistic award. The online report on the Summer School is available on our website (only in Dutch).
26 & 27 August 2016
The ‘UITmarkt’ is the national opening of the cultural season. During the last weekend of August 2016, the 39th edition took place on and around the Amsterdam Museumplein and Leidseplein. Every year, the Kunsthal presents its exhibition programme during this event.
Opening weekend Peter Lindbergh
8 until 10 September 2016
Aided by a financial contribution from Rotterdam Festivals, the Kunsthal was able to organise ‘Rotterdam. City of Fashion and Photography’, consisting of a number of different events, suitable for a wide audience, related to the Peter Lindbergh exhibition. In collaboration with the Willem de Kooning Academy, the opening week was kicked off by a Master Class by Peter Lindbergh and guest curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot. Several hundreds of students came to the Kunsthal to pose their questions to this leading photographer. Directly afterwards Peter Lindbergh opened a pop-up exhibition of photographs taken during shoots at Rotterdam harbour and in the great hall of the Central Station. Lindbergh’s presence in Rotterdam was heralded by a sneak preview of the Scapino Ballet’s anniversary show TING!, and lots of important visitors and press flocking in.
On Friday, the international press joined Peter Lindbergh and no less than seven supermodels (Milla Jovovich, Amber Valletta, Nadja Auermann, Tatjana Patitz, Karen Alexander, Cecillia Chancellor and Lara Stone) at the Kunsthal to visit the exhibition for the first time. In the presence of Lindbergh and our proud Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, Tina Turner, who has been a close friend of the photographer’s, visited the Kunsthal for the exclusive exhibition preview. The exhibition also included two portraits of Tina Turner.
On Saturday, the impressive line-up of supermodels expanded even further to include Cindy Crawford and Eva Herzigova. The fact that these supermodels travelled from all over the world to attend the ‘red carpet world première’ of Peter Lindbergh’s exhibition was unprecedented in the Netherlands. With performances by the Swiss contortionist Nina Burri and the German singer Tom Hanreich, the opening was an extravaganza with international flair. The overwhelming attendance of these special guests made the extensive opening weekend of the exhibition a great success with an amazing amount of media attention, booming social media (because of the major ‘influencers’ attending the exhibition) and no less than 6,000 invited guests and visitors.
Peter Lindbergh master class
8 September 2016
In collaboration with the Rotterdam-based Willem de Kooning Academy, the Kunsthal organised a master class by Peter Lindbergh for students following degree courses in visual art, photography and other creative subjects. During this master class, moderated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot, Peter Lindbergh talked to the students about his vision on fashion photography and discussed a number of student portfolios.
9 & 10 September 2016
During the Rotterdam UITdagen on the Schouwburgplein, the kick-off of the Rotterdam cultural season, visitors standing in front of a photograph of the Rotterdam harbour by Peter Lindbergh, were photographed by the VeldMark complementary team. The photo could be taken home as a nice souvenir and served as a playful promotion for the exhibition ‘A Different Vision on Fashion Photography’.
Making Africa festival
2 October 2016
With the ‘Making Africa Festival’ the Kunsthal was immersed in an African atmosphere. On 2 October 2016, the Kunsthal, in collaboration with Afrovibes and the Vitra Design Museum, organised a lively day event for both young and old with a variety of performances, workshops, guided tours and, of course, African music and food. Under the title Young & Urban Africa, the Afrovibes Festival 2016 offered a number of previews of work by young and innovative makers.
Mash-up! In collaboration with the IFFR
28 October 2016
On 28 October 2016, for the third time in a row, Kunsthal Rotterdam and the International Film Festival Rotterdam joined forces for MASH-UP! This entailed a unique advance performance of the movie Nocturnal Animals by Tom Ford, a visit to the exhibition ‘Peter Lindbergh. A Different Vision on Fashion Photography’, a spectacular performance by Ntjam Rosie and a slamming party with dj Roop, all of which took place at the Kunsthal.
Photo & fashion & fun kunsthal family day
13 November 2016
The special Photo & Fashion & Fun Kunsthal FAMILY day, inspired by Peter Lindbergh’s photography, was a big success with 1,700 visitors. Members of the public could be scouted by Max Models, watched performances by dance stars of the Scapino ballet, attended workshops about the Camera Obscura, went on a journey with theatre maker Camie Bonger or participated in guided tours of the Peter Lindbergh exhibition.
Master class by Jordy van den Nieuwendijk
2 December 2016
Following photographer Peter Lindbergh, artist Jordy van den Nieuwendijk was the second in a series of master classes by extraordinary artists, organised by the Willem de Kooning Academy and the Kunsthal Rotterdam. During this exclusive master class, Jordy elaborated on his own work and artistic practice. Students were given the opportunity to pose their burning questions and work on a sculptural work together with the artist.