Summer in the museum and in the harbour
June 2011

Opening of The One & The Many

On Saturday 28 May, after months of preparation and amidst absolute secrecy, the Submarine Wharf opened its doors, or more accurately its fifty-metre long tunnel. On the same day a new sculpture was unveiled on the Coolsingel and two exhibitions were opened in the museum.

Exhibition opening, Photo: Fred Ernst
Exhibition opening, Photo: Fred Ernst

Following the unveiling of the sculpture ‘Its Never Too Late To Say Sorry’ by Elmgreen & Dragset on the Coolsingel, the exhibitions ‘Futuro – Constructing Utopia’ and Venetian Red by Johan van Oord were opened in the museum.

And then on this rainy Saturday, 1250 people explored the exhibition in the RDM campus in Rotterdam’s harbour. They wandered past an abandoned baby next to an ATM to arrive in the heart of the wharf, where the Scandinavian artists Elmgreen & Dragset have created a surreal and theatrical environment. An abandoned Ferris wheel carried visitors aloft, while actors mingled with the crowd and the windows of the DDR-like block of flats invited people to peep inside. In this voyeuristic setting the visitors raised a glass to all those who had worked for many months on this project. Hundreds of locals and international guests responded enthusiastically. The tunnel leading to ‘The One & The Many’ closes on 25 September. So you have exactly three months left to take a trip down the Maas and discover the strange world of Elmgreen & Dragset.

Curious? You can watch the artists talk about the exhibition in a film made specially for ArtTube.

The Dutch and international press covered the exhibition extensively. Click here to watch various news reports recorded on the Submarine Wharf.