In the summer of 2013 Klaas Kloosterboer, Chris Martin and Jim Shaw transformed the Submarine Wharf into a gigantic art studio. This was the fourth consecutive summer that Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, in collaboration with Port of Rotterdam, is organising an exhibition of contemporary art in Rotterdam’s docklands. 'Submarine Wharf - XXXL Painting' was on view from 8 June until 29 September 2013 and visited by 15.000 art lovers.
In the months leading up to the opening, the artists will be busy at work in the wharf, creating the exhibition on site. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen wishes to demonstrate the resilience and energy of the art of painting with a true ‘battle of the Titans’ between the three artists.
Bomber, savage painter and storyteller
The Amsterdam-based artist Klaas Kloosterboer (Schermer, 1959) can be seen as the ‘bomber’. He experiments constantly, altering the form and appearance of his paintings. The exhibition will include works from the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, augmented with loans and new works. Chris Martin (Washington D.C., 1954) lives and works in New York and is the ‘savage painter’: he uses his energy to make each painting an explosion of colour and power. In ‘XXXL Painting’ he will exhibit thirty existing paintings, and in the weeks leading up to the opening he will work on a new painting measuring 13 x 10 metres. Jim Shaw (Midland, 1952), the ‘storyteller’ from Los Angeles, completes the trio. He paints and draws in a figurative, sometimes cartoon-like style on old film sets. In the Submarine Wharf he will present these ‘backdrop’ paintings, some measuring 4 x 15 metres.
For four consecutive summers a leading contemporary artist is invited to create a special installation in the Submarine Wharf. The building, constructed in 1937, is similar in size to the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern in London. The first three exhibitions in the series were devoted to Atelier van Lieshout in 2010, Elmgreen & Dragset in 2011 en Sarkis in 2012. Watch the video's on ARTtube.
The Submarine Wharf is one of the Port of Rotterdam’s initiatives to bring a broader public in contact with the harbour and to improve the quality of the docklands. The Submarine Wharf is part of the RDM Campus at Heijplaat. This early-twentieth-century industrial heritage site is currently being redeveloped for education, culture and innovative businesses. Please find more information on RDM Campus here. Take a fifteen-minute trip down the River Maas on the Aqualiner. Please find more information about Aqualiner here (Dutch only).
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen would like to thank BankGiro Loterij and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary ART for their generous support and collaboration.