Kunsthal Light #13
15 January – 10 April 2016
Partner: Mondriaan Fonds
For Kunsthal Light #13, the museum’s display window is taken over by theatrical, dark characters created by artist Susanna Inglada (Spain, 1983). She has drawn these figures in the space provided using charcoal and paint. Inglada likes to work without a fixed frame or canvas. This allows her the freedom to construct lively scenes, her creations serving as the players and props in a theatrical performance. Inspired by the culture and politics of her homeland Spain, Inglada creates her own world using symbols of violence and power, with the figures appearing to respond to each other.
27 February – 12 June 2016
Partners: Musée de L’Elysée, BankGiro Loterij
Astonish Me! is the theme running through the work of the US photographer Philippe Halsman (1906-1979). In his search for a different way of photographing people, he developed to become one of the leading photographers of the twentieth century. Halsman is well-known for his portraits of famous people and for his collaboration with Salvador Dalí and Alfred Hitchcock. He was always searching for new photographic perspectives, and his oeuvre exposes an exceptional degree of inventiveness and technical skill. Over a short period of time, he became an admired portrait artist, the subjects in front of his lens including numerous famous names such as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill. He also developed the phenomenon of ’jumpology photography’, which included photos of film stars and politicians captured in mid-jump, the aim of which was to give his portraits a more spontaneous character. Over three hundred never-before exhibited works including contact prints, vintage prints and original photomontages illustrate Halsman’s constant search for photographic possibilities and impossibilities.
The museum of everything
5 March – 22 May 2016
Partners: Gieskes-Strijbis Fonds, The Museum of Everything, Kunstschrift, Wieg & Mellink
Partners satellietprogramma Outsider Art: Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Outsider Art Museum, Museum Het Dolhuys , Kunstlocatie Würth ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Willem de Kooning Academie, Piet Zwart Institute
The Kunsthal is proud to present The Museum of Everything: the only wandering museum for undiscovered, unintentional, untrained and unclassified artists of the modern era opened its doors in Rotterdam on 5 March 2016 – featuring over one hundred non-academic authors and private art-makers from across the planet. After historic exhibitions in Paris, Moscow, Venice and London, The Museum of Everything presents their work on this immense scale for the first time in the Netherlands. The installation invites audiences to discover the mighty fairy-tale panoramas of Chicago janitor Henry Darger, the recycled kingdom of visionary Indian roads-engineer Nek Chand Saini, the towering visions of Chinese factory worker Guo Fengyi, and Sam Doyle, the African-American whose graphic visual histories inspired Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Sara de Swart
19 March – 5 June 2016
Partner: BankGiro Loterij
On Saturday 19 March the Kunsthal opened ‘Fatal Art. Sara de Swart’, a refined fin-de-siècle exhibition to introduce the relatively unknown Sara de Swart thanks to many loans of art historical importance from private collections and museums. The exhibition was centred on the Dutch sculptress, art collector and muse Sara de Swart (1861-1951). A picture of her world is outlined on the basis of paintings and sculptures by Isaac Israëls, Odilon Redon, Jan Veth, George Breitner and others from her collection together with De Swart’s own work, photographs, sculptures and musical compositions. The exhibition also includeded work by her life partner, the artist Emilie van Kerckhoff, and her father, the painter Corstiaan de Swart. The exhibition and the richly illustrated book ‘Fatal Art’ by guest curator Jaap Versteegh tell the story of a woman who was prepared to give literally everything for art.
19 March – 10 July 2016
The exhibition ‘Drumming’ shows unpolished jazzimages of photographer Peter Boersma (1945). Boersma is a versatile, socially committed photographer: he recorded activism in Amsterdam, took shots for the Netherlands Anti-Apartheid Movement, photographed artists, and travelled all over the world. His love of music took him and his camera to every jazz concert and jam session of any significance. He follows the careers of such giants of jazz as Han Bennink and Willem Breuker, as well as Chet Baker and Charles Mingus. With an eye for the background, Boersma’s ‘Drumming’ puts the drummer in the spotlight. The exhibition interpreted what jazz was, is, and can be – not just glamorous and captivating, but also, and perhaps primarily, ragged, dark and euphoric.
The amazing adventures of Jules Verne
The 100th BoekieBoekie
19 March – 29 May 2016
Partners: BoekieBoekie, Start Award
This year sees the 25th anniversary of BoekieBoekie, the Dutch literary magazine for children, and a podium for writers, illustrators and children. The presentation of the 100th edition is being celebrated at the Kunsthal with an anniversary issue, exhibition and festive programme. Anything is possible in a drawing, from taking a trip to the moon, grappling with a giant Kraken journeying to the centre of the earth, to circumnavigating the earth in a hot air balloon. The exhibition presents the most exceptional drawings chosen by a professional and a children’s jury, both from stArt Award, an international illustration competition held by BoekieBoekie. The Kunsthal is offering an accompanying programme of workshops, masterclasses and clinics organised by BoekieBoekie, Winsor & Newton and The Fine Collective for both professional and novice illustrators.
Kunsthal light #14
30 April – 21 August 2016
Inge Aanstoot (1987) has made an impressive wall painting for Kunsthal Light #14, populated by human figures, self-portraits and a large variety of animals. It invites the viewer to discover the narrative that lies hidden between the brushstrokes. Inge Aanstoot is fascinated by the selective and subjective way in which people deal with information and interpret history to suit their purpose. In the Kunsthal she selects who and what appear in her ‘historical’ wall painting by association. Thus she writes history herself, paradoxically in the exactly the same way as history is always written. Aanstoot criticises the history textbooks by shifting the frame, but the frame still remains. Always.
Filmposters from Ghana 1987-2007
28 May – 11 September 2016
In Bloodywood, the Kunsthal presents the unique collection of hand-painted film posters of Mandy Elsas, which he has collected during his many visits to Ghana. Starting in the 1980s, these brightly coloured paintings were made to order by street artists to advertise usually violent video films in the many makeshift cinemas that Ghana had at the time. Local painters put their own interpretations of each film on the posters. They are a typically Ghanaian phenomenon. The illustrations, painted on the inside of flour sacks, tell a story and are often extreme or bizarre. Over the years Elsas’ collection has grown to more than 750 items and has already become an important historical document. The bright hand-painted posters in oils have now been replaced by the pale tints of faded print. The Kunsthal will show some eighty of them this summer. The comprehensive publication Bloodywood, with approx. 200 illustrations and detailed background information, will be published to accompany the exhibition.
Language & Art Tour 2016
Poetry International Festival
4 June – 14 August 2016
Partner: Poetry International
In collaboration with fifteen Rotterdam galleries and art institutions the 47th International Poetry Festival presents the Language & ART Gallery Tour from 8 to 11 June. During this tour the Kunsthal presents a retrospective of works by artists who appear at Galerie Frank Taal, TENT, Phoebus and Studio de Bakerij among other galeries.
All you can Art – David Bade & Tirzo Martha
Instituto Buena Bista Curaçao comes to Rotterdam
4 June – 21 August 2016
Partners: ING, Gemeente Rotterdam, BankGiro Loterij, Elise Mathilde Fonds, Dura Vermeer
Partners Instituto Buena Bista: Mondriaan Fonds, Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie
Curaçao meets Rotterdam! Kunsthal Rotterdam celebrated the tenth anniversary of Instituto Buena Bista (IBB), a preliminary training institute and venue for contemporary art on Curaçao, with a surprising summer exhibition and workshop for promising young artists. The exhibition presents work (in progress) by the founding fathers of IBB, David Bade and Tirzo Martha, as well as by other international artists from the IBB collection. The workshop, an integral part of the exhibition, offered promising young talents six weeks (from 12 July till 19 August) of training and supervision by artists according to the time-hallowed model of master-apprentice.
2 July – 11 September 2016
Partners: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, AON
The Kunsthal is full of Latin American life in the summer of 2016. ‘Botero: Celebrate Life!’ exhibits almost a hundred paintings, sketches and pastels by the world-famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero (1932), as well as a few sculptures, including the striking ‘Caballo’, his monumental sculpture of a horse. The exhibition provides a colourful panorama of Botero’s personal favourites from his considerable oeuvre. The bull-fight and the circus are also featured in these works. Botero’s art is full of Latin American life. The gigantic, inflated bodies and objects appear weightless in spite of their volume, which sometimes even seems to make them look as if they are floating. This volume is a recurrent feature in Botero’s work and gives his art an exuberance that can be comical or moving. During the exhibition ‘Botero: Celebrate Life!’ the Kunsthal organised weekly Latin Life Sundays with music, dance, food, cocktails, theatre, circus and poetry. The Kunsthal is proud that, after Beijing and Shanghai, it was able to show the work of one of the most prestigious living artists of our time in Rotterdam.
Is my husband called Henk? Alzheimer in the picture
3 September – 4 December 2016
With the exhibition ‘Is my husband called Henk?’, the Austrian photographer Peter Granser (1971) opens the window onto a world that is unknown to many. We think we can grasp it, but we can only touch it. Granser’s portraits of Alzheimer patients are aesthetic, but they do not deny the dark side of living with the disease. The photographer tries to freeze time by recording what is still there. But there is a huge abyss separating the spectator’s gaze from the person portrayed. It is a story about loss, about forgetting existence, but thanks to Granser’s lens it is above all a story of dignity.
Quacks and Toothpullers
Dentistry in prints
3 September – 4 December 2016
Partners: KNMT, Stichting Vrienden Tandheelkundig Erfgoed
The exhibition ‘Quacks and Tooth-pullers. Dentistry in prints’ presents 100 scenes of dentistry through 240 prints and various dental paraphernalia. The book ‘Tandheelkunde in de prentkunst’ (Dentistry in Print Art) by Dr G.J. Schade serves as the leitmotif for the exhibition. The unique collection depicts the way in which dentistry was seen between 1470 and 1870, from hilarious to grotesque. The compilation includes everything from salons and market scenes to cartoons showing outdoor treatment sessions. Together with the prints, dental paraphernalia such as pliers, syringes and tooth keys from various periods shed an extraordinary light on the subject of dentistry through the eyes of artists and designers.
The Swan of Rotterdam
20 years Erasmus Bridge
3 September – 20 November 2016
Partners: UN Studio, Heerema Group
The exhibition ‘The Swan of Rotterdam’ portrayed 20 years of the ‘Erasmusbrug’ (Erasmus Bridge) – the icon of this city. The exhibition was compiled together with architect Ben van Berkel and the general public using submissions such as valuable photographs, souvenirs, stories and unique Erasmus Bridge objects. Since its opening 20 years ago, the 139-metre-high steel pylon with its asymmetrical design has attracted much attention both here in the Netherlands and abroad. Since then, the bridge has grown to become the city’s icon; it is a popular spot for photo shoots and sports events, and a source of inspiration for writers and designers.
A Different Vision on Fashion Photography
10 September 2016 – 12 February 2017
Partners: Studio Peter Lindbergh, Blockbuster Fonds, BankGiro Loterij, Rotterdam Festivals, Marc O’Polo, Skyteam, Nationale Nederlanden, Alfa Romeo, Thalys, Bijenkorf Rotterdam, Swarovski, VOGUE, Mediacenter Rotterdam, Rotterdam Partners, ‘Make It Happen’
The exhibition, ‘Peter Lindbergh. A Different Vision on Fashion Photography’ which was successfully launched in September 2016 with a visit of Tina Turner, ten world famous Super Models and many international celebrities, brought more than 110,000 visitors to the Kunsthal. Photography enthusiasts to fashionistas, clubs of friends to families and young people, a lot of different people came to admire the work of this legendary fashion photographer. The ongoing international media coverage of this international traveling exhibition – the first product of the Kunsthal itself – is unprecedented in the history of the Kunsthal. The exhibition features more than 220 photographs a spectacular view of Lindbergh’s oeuvre. The exhibition is accompanied with a comprehensive book on the German photographer, compiled by Canadian curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, with an introduction by the director of the Kunsthal, Emily Ansenk.
Continent of contemporary design
1 October 2016 – 15 January 2017
Partners: Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds, Fonds 21, Vitra Design Museum, Guggenheim Bilbao, Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, VSB Fonds
There are at present some 650 million mobile phones in booming Africa – more than in the USA or Europe. Most of these devices have internet access, a gateway to the world that is of fundamental importance for the present-day transformation of Africa and a great influence on the work of artists and designers. ‘Making Africa’ shows how design is related to the economic and political changes of the African continent and even contributes to these changes. Besides contemporary design, there are also examples of magazines and photographs from the 1960s. The comparison shows how the young generation often deliberately refers to work from these early years of African independence and recovers the positive, self-assured feeling of the time.
The Striking of the Clock
Jordy van den Nieuwendijk
1 October 2016 – 8 January 2017
The Kunsthal Rotterdam presents a solo exhibition with 45 new paintings and a 24-metre wall relief by the up and coming multi-talent and artist Jordy van den Nieuwendijk (1985). His colourful paintings bring everyday objects to life with energy and a generous dose of humour. Van den Nieuwendijk produces paintings, drawings, short films and digitals in record time. ‘The striking of the clock’ focuses on the paintings of an artist who has mastered every medium and appropriated a diversity of techniques. The bright colours, lines and clearly recognisable subjects – hats, vegetables, plants, fire, smoke, motorbikes – afford an opportunity to philosophise about his work and to discover all kinds of things in it. Van den Nieuwendijks fresh vision of the world impacts on his surroundings.
In the absence of light
Kunsthal light #15
21 September 2016 – 5 March 2017
For Kunsthal Light #15, the raw spatial work of the Rotterdam artist Pim Palsgraaf (1979) takes over the building like a parasite. Slowly but surely, with the passage of time his constructions intervene in the concrete, iron and glass of Koolhaas’ architecture. Palsgraaf draws his inspiration from the city’s zones of friction and ragged outskirts – the forgotten places where no one comes, sometimes hidden from view as they await a new function. His dark buildings grow to form an abandoned city that floats aboved the heads of the visitors who walk through it. A sense of uneasiness seizes anyone who realised what is going on above them.
Bakelite, everyone knows it
The 25th anniversary of the Amsterdam Bakelite Collection
17 December 2016 – 5 March 2017
Partners: Amsterdam Bakelite Collection, Bakeliet Fabriek
Industrial design meets nostalgia in the exhibition ‘Bakelite, everyone knows it’. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Amsterdam Bakelite Collection, the Kunsthal Rotterdam presents a historical survey of objects made of Bakelite and related materials. From the beginning of the 20th century, the versatility of Bakelite has brought about revolutionary developments in telecommunications, the car industry, air and space travel and other fields. The exhibition shows such objects as photographic and film cameras, radio and TV sets, domestic articles, items of furniture, tools and toys. Designs by twenty-five prominent designers including Philippe Starck, Friso Kramer and Isamu Noguchi form a part of the presentation. With the exhibition ‘Bakelite, everyone knows it’ the Kunsthal contributes to opening up hidden private collections.
Drawn from live
Courtroom Drawings By Chris Roodbeen
17 December 2016 – 26 February 2017
The exhibition ‘Drawn from life. Courtroom drawings by Chris Roodbeen’ opens in the Kunsthal Rotterdam on Saturday 17 December 2016. It presents an extraordinary survey of more than fifty years of the administration of justice in the Netherlands. Chris Roodbeen (1930, Rotterdam) is one of the few artists who – as a result of the ban on photography in court – has enlivened crime reporting in the Dutch dailies for years. With an eye for detail and an elegant style of drawing, Roodbeen records the attitudes and facial expressions of magistrates, criminal lawyers, witnesses and the public, with in the centre the defendants.
… by J.A. Deelder
17 December 2016 – 19 March 2017
The Kunsthal Rotterdam presents the Locomotofrumphant, Mother Goose, Sparta Pete, Cuban Fly, Moaner, Blue Worker and more creations by Jules Deelder. Better known as a poet and nocturnal mayor of Rotterdam, Deelder gives voice to the poetry of his imagination. As real poets are supposed to do, he gives his ‘Beelder’ the most suitable names. The exhibition presents eleven unique creations, all made of colourful plastic. For eighteen months J.A. Deelder has collected pens, cocktail sticks, hypodermic needles, tubes, drinking straws, teaspoons, toothbrushes, toys and contact lens holders and then sorting them by colour. He glues all these materials together to form three-dimensional objects, thereby adding a new dimension to his rich oeuvre of poetry and performances. In his own words: “You just sit and mess around a bit and at a certain moment it becomes something”.