KUNSTHAL AND MUSEUM PARK
The Kunsthal is organising an increasing number of programmes beyond its own walls. In the summer of 2018 Kunsthal LIVE was launched, a new label that unites activities that are not directly related to a certain exhibition. The content of this programme, consisting of more than 25 components, is inspired by the motivations of our visitors – such as learning, entertainment and spiritual enrichment – and abandons the classical target audience model. Kunsthal LIVE was very well attended and was supported by the VSB Fund. More about Kunsthal LIVE
Kunsthal LIVE ON SUNDAY
Kunsthal LIVE ON SUNDAY is part of Kunsthal LIVE. In 2018, the free outdoor festival Kunsthal LIVE ON SUNDAY was set up in a more ambitious way after two pilots in 2016 (Latin Life Sundays!) and 2017 (Let’s go Sunday). Between 1 July and 5 August, Kunsthal LIVE ON SUNDAY offered six Sundays filled with live music, DJ’s, food & drinks and a vibrant atmosphere at the Museumpark. The programme included high-profile artists such as Maite Hontelé, New Cool Collective, Kuenta I Tambu, hosts like Quintis Ristie, Derek Otte and Jörgen Raymann, and DJ’s such as Git Hyper, Ari Deelder and Beau Zwart. This resulted in a mutually enhancing interaction between the exhibitions at the Kunsthal and the activities outside the Kunsthal. Every Sunday, the audience could go on Fashion Tours of the exhibition Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years with experts from the fashion world, join an urban biologist to discover nature in the Museumpark, work together with the artists of All you can Art in the mobile studio, or participate in other activities. In the summer of 2018, this event could be launched with the help of the participants of the BankGiro Lottery thanks to whom we received a special project contribution for organising three editions of Kunsthal LIVE ON SUNDAY.
During the autumn school holiday, between 25 and 27 October, the artwork WATERLICHT by the internationally renowned Rotterdam artist Daan Roosegaarde was shown during three nights on the square in front and in the park behind the Kunsthal as part of the exhibition Action<->Reaction. Simultaneously, the exhibition Action<->Reaction was open to the public; this combination was a resounding success. About 25,000 people found their way to the Museumpark and every night there was a long queue for visiting the exhibition. This project shows that activating the Museumpark, and therefore forging a connection between inside and outside, can be successful. The Kunsthal would like to invite the municipality of Rotterdam to further discuss plans for substantiating this kind of activation which is certainly necessary during the period that Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is closed for renovations while the Depot is not yet open.
During the Kunsthallucination weekend on 17 and 18 November 2018, everything at the Kunsthal revolved around space, movement and light, with an in-depth programme on Saturday and a special focus on visitor participation, kids and family activities on Sunday. One of the events during the weekend was jointly creating a Super Mobile – resembling a work by the famous artist Alexander Calder – on the square in front of the Kunsthal. Many children and their parents enthusiastically helped construct this mobile and subsequently went to see the real artwork in the exhibition.
KUNSTHAL NIGHT LIGHT RUN
In order to also mobilise the people themselves, the Rotterdam Running Crew joined the Kunsthal in organising the special running experience Kunsthal Night Light Run on the evening of Wednesday 21 November. The run also included the joint creation of a living and moving ‘kinetic artwork’, tying in with the exhibition Action<->Reaction which focused on light and movement. After a warming up for 1,500 sport freaks, the 3-, 6- and 9-kilometre runs started at exactly 8 p.m. With an after-run beer at the Kunsthal Café it was a memorable event for both beginning and advanced runners.