EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
This year a lot of time and energy was invested in the new programme and in enhancing the appeal of the Museumpark. With the park acting as a podium and meeting place for visitors and cultural partners in the city, we were able to forge and strengthen our long-standing relationships with cultural partners, reach out to audiences and offer a multidisciplinary (side) programme that was just as versatile and high-contrast as the exhibition programme.
Again, the Kunsthal worked together with numerous substantive partners such as International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Afrovibes, Operator Radio, Willem de Kooning Academy, Het Doelen Ensemble and the Rotterdam Running Crew on exciting public event such as the Hyper Weekend, The Perfect Night, Naked Tour, MASH-UP!, Masterclasses, Artists Talks, the Kunstbuzz, the Kunsthal Night Light Run, the Kunsthallucinations Weekend and the newest activity See You Later, Illustrator!, where children can create comic strips together with a poet and an illustrator.
Furthermore, numerous events such as workshops, film screenings, breakfast concerts, family tours, lectures and ThinkTanks were organised.
The Kunsthal has an exemplary role in developing special formats for finding new ways of experiencing art and culture and targeting specific, new audiences. Since 2017, the Kunsthal has been working together with the Naturisten Federatie Nederland (Dutch Naturist Federation) for organising ‘Naked Tours’ that are suitable for specific exhibitions. After a successful edition in 2017, during the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition, we even had to organise two Naked Tours during Hyperrealism Sculpture to meet the high demand in 2018. This will become an annually recurring activity.
For the fifth time in a row, Kunsthal Rotterdam and the International Film Festival Rotterdam joined forces for MASH-UP! This anniversary edition included a unique preview of the award-winning film Girl by the Flemish filmmaker Lukas Dhont, a visit to the exhibition Action <-> Reaction. 100 Years of Kinetic Art, and a party at the Kunsthal Café, celebrating the five-year collaboration between the IFFR and the Kunsthal, with DJ Git Hyper and a performance by Luka.
The Kunsthallucination Weekend, on 17 and 18 November 2018, included a performance by the Doelen Ensemble of a work by the composer Györgi Ligeti related to an exhibited work of art by Heinz Mack, a screening of a documentary about Alexander Calder, guided tours of Action<->Reaction, and a lecture about kinetic art. On Sunday the magician Victor Mids of the popular tv-show Mindf*ck performed in front of a packed house, professor Tjeerd de Faber of the Rotterdam Eye Hospital gave a lecture about the functions of the eye in connection to the illusion of seeing or not seeing, and all day long people could participate in building a Super Mobile on the square in front of the Kunsthal.
SEE YOU LATER, ILLUSTRATOR!
See you later, Illustrator! is a new Kunsthal LIVE activity especially focused on children and young budding illustrators. An illustrator and a poet will work on a story with the children, between the ages of 6 and 12, and create a comic strip. See you later, Illustrator! was organised three times in 2018. It proved to be a successful, interactive event in the Auditorium, giving around 100 children and their parents for each edition an opportunity to let their imagination run wild. The children were given a special sketchbook as well as the final comic strip in the shape of a colouring picture to take home. In 2019 this activity will be continued.
These are only a few highlights. Please visit kunsthal.nl/activities for all our activities.