Contemporary Art in Rotterdam
June 2013

Three painters in Battle of the Titans

The fourth annual summer exhibition in the Submarine Wharf organised by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in partnership with the Port of Rotterdam Authority focuses on contemporary painting. This summer the vast building is filled with gigantic paintings and installations.

Photo: Freek van Arkel. Design: Thonik.
Photo: Freek van Arkel. Design: Thonik.

Klaas Kloosterboer, Chris Martin and Jim Shaw treat the Submarine Wharf as an enormous studio. Painting is alive and kicking. These three artists show the vitality and resilience of the discipline.

Klaas Kloosterboer: the bomber
Klaas Kloosterboer (NL, 1959) lives and works in Amsterdam. Click here to read more about Kloosterboer and his 40m2 canvases that move through the space on a rail attached to the ceiling.

Chris Martin: the savage painter
Chris Martin (USA, 1954) lives and works in New York. Click here to read more about Martin and how he plans to fill the front hall of the Submarine Wharf with artworks measuring 130m2.

Jim Shaw: the storyteller
Jim Shaw (Midland, 1952) lives and works in Los Angeles. Click here to read more about Shaw and how he has transformed part of the Submarine Wharf into a labyrinth.

The symposium ‘XXXL Painting’ will take place from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Friday 7 June, the day before the official opening of the exhibition. Several speakers will talk about the work of Kloosterboer, Martin and Shaw. Click here to read more about the symposium.

This special project fits with the ambitions of the Port of Rotterdam to strengthen what the city has to offer on a cultural level, to connect the harbour and the city and to blow new life into the industrial heritage of the RDM Campus. Every summer the exhibition attracts a broad audience and makes the location attractive for education and (innovative) activity. In passing the visitor sees a part of the world habour that is Rotterdam.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen would like to thank the Port of Rotterdam Authority, BankGiro Lottery and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art for their generous support and collaboration.