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from February 13 2016 until August 7 2016
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen honours the city and, after ten years, again takes stock of Rotterdam’s artistic power. In 2016 the museum will present a group event on an unprecedented scale, showcasing artists and designers who work in Rotterdam. The project will start in February 2016 during Art Rotterdam Week and in a growing number of galleries the public will discover the range and power of these makers. As the summer approaches, the museum will increasingly be filled with new and existing work by more than fifteen young artists and designers, including Koen Taselaar, Melle Smets, Christien Meindertsma and Weronika Zielinska.
Project Rotterdam is providing this new generation with the opportunity to increase their exposure with new installations and interventions in the museum. Daisy Kroon, for example, has designed the ideal pair of trousers for Rotterdam man. Wouter Venema’s work is like a map with multiple perspectives, and Johannes Langkamp uses his installation to focus on the difference between the human eye and the camera lens. Bertjan Pot’s contribution to the exhibition is a colourful installation centred on his latest design discovery. By presenting the multifaceted output of these makers together, the museum is reflecting artistic trends in today’s Rotterdam. At the same time the project gives these artists and designers an opportunity to show their work to a national and international public.
From February 13 onwards the installations by Kevin Gallagher, Daisy Kroon, Johannes Langkamp, Sabine Marcelis, Bertjan Pot, Emma van der Put, Melle Smets, Wouter Venema, Lorelinde Verhees will be shown.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen starts the first phase of Project Rotterdam in Art Rotterdam Week, and then works and projects will be added for the next few months. The public will be able to experience the scope and power of these makers as the number of galleries grows. Project Rotterdam culminates in the summer of 2016.
Project Rotterdam dovetails with the cultural event Rotterdam Celebrates the City!, looking back at seventy-five years of post-war reconstruction. After a period of commemoration, it is time to draw up the balance and celebrate how far we have come. Project Rotterdam is not unique in the museum’s history. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen staged an overview of Rotterdam artists as long ago as 1946, and Wim Beeren put on his group exhibition Art from Rotterdam in 1984. Project Rotterdam followed in 2005, as a response to museum director Sjarel Ex’s challenge to show him Rotterdam’s creative force.
There are works and projects by more than twenty artists and designers, including Kevin Gallagher, Simon Kentgens, Koehorst in ‘t Veld, Daisy Kroon, Johannes Langkamp, Minale Maeda, Sabine Marcelis, Bertjan Pot, Rory Pilgrim, Emma van der Put, Melle Smets, Jay Tan, Koen Taselaar, Reinaart Vanhoe, Wouter Venema, Lorelinde Verhees, Weronika Zielinska and Timmy van Zoelen, Christien Meindertsma, Jay Tan, Jeroen Dijkstra, Reinaart Vanhoe, Rory Pilgrim, Maarten Bel and Woodstone Kugelblitz.
Contemporary art will be the focus in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in the spring of 2016, with Ugo Rondinone’s one-man show in the Bodon Galleries, the group manifestation Project Rotterdam, an exhibition by Diederik Klomberg, two exhibitions about James Lee Byars and the eighth edition of Sensory Spaces with Mike Nelson.
Project Rotterdam is on view in the galleries F, G, H and I on the second floor.
'Project Rotterdam' in the context of 'Rotterdam viert de stad!' is made possible by Rotterdam Festivals, Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht, G. Ph. Verhagen-Stichting en de Erasmusstichting.