Kunsthal Rotterdam looks back on (half) 2021 and looks forward to the anniversary year 2022

December 30, 3:39 p.m.

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Rotterdam – Kunsthal Rotterdam looks back on a year in which – with almost six months of lockdown – more than 100,000 people still came to visit. The Rotterdam Museum is celebrating its 30th anniversary next year.

Despite a decrease in (day) tourists and physical schooling and the disappearance of large events such as Museumsaften and Kunsthal LIVE on Sundays, almost 110,000 people visited Kunsthallen in just over six months. The exhibitions We Are Animals and Youthquake, which were open to the public for months behind closed doors from January, were successfully extended. That was not the case for Het Museum van Nederland, a collaboration with the television company MAX. All sixty memorable objects, which with great effort had found a place in the exhibition, went unseen back to their owners.

Kunsthal online
Spring was dominated by online activities. There were Masterclasses with DJ Isis and artist Bas Kosters. A five-part podcast series on We Are Animals: ‘Petcast’. Online editions of See You Later, Illustrator, since this year standard in the presence of a sign interpreter. A hybrid KunstKoppels, where we together with Rotterdam Heroes reach the elderly, for whom an independent museum visit is not possible. And above all online Buzz at We Are Animals, where – thanks to the contribution of main sponsor ING – more than 2,300 high school students and 1,900 elementary school students participated this year. With this, Kunsthal reaches schools all over the country and even Aruba.

bubbly summer
From the reopening on Saturday 5 June, Kunsthallen will be buzzing almost as usual all summer. All you can Art artists and a new group of Summer School students take over Kunsthallen’s Auditorium and move with various partners, including Lauren’s elderly care, Kunstlab and Reakt, into the city, followed by a sleepover of works of art for the autumn. from the Rijksdienst collection for cultural heritage. Visitors of all ages are amazed at the exceptional animal creations in We Are Animals and Youthquake – where the longing for eternal youth is central – capturing the imagination of many.

In September, Magnetic North opens with masterful paintings from the Canadian group of seven, and a different perspective on this with the addition of video works by original artists. This exhibition ends unexpectedly early just before the Christmas holidays. The good news is that the Deep in Vogue exhibition, which was created in close collaboration with Amber Vineyard and the ballroom community, is being expanded. Deep in Vogue opened in September with a heartwarming version of The Utopia Ball, which could also be viewed via livestream thanks to Mastercard. Everyone in the Kunsthallen can experience Ballroom’s expressive power until 13 March.

Calder now
Exactly one month before the latest lockdown, Kunsthallen Calder Now opened, an exhibition exploring Alexander Calder’s enduring influence on contemporary art. This extensive project, in close collaboration with the Calder Foundation, has required a long and intensive work. The exhibition was postponed for a year in 2020 in the hope that the restrictive corona measures would then be behind us. Calder Now can be viewed until May 29th.

Look forward to
In the new year – November 1, 2022 – Kunsthallen celebrates its 30th anniversary. Prior to this date, Kunsthallen will arrange various events as a ‘special edition’, including Kunsthal LIVE on Sunday, a series of Smaakmakers Tours and an international version of KunstKoppels. In June, the architecture month, the Kunsthal building is in the spotlight and the anniversary year ends with an extra festive round around 1 November.

The 2022 exhibition program opens with a special opening, with the world premiere of the installation Sunshine State by artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen from 27 January in collaboration with the International Film Festival Rotterdam. From 26 February, Kunsthallen presents’ Job, Joris & Marieke’s. A Triple Life ‘, an exhibition about the Netherlands’ most famous talents in animation. And in the spring and summer, there is an exhibition by the Kurdish artist Erkan Özgen and the exhibition Here We Are, which focuses on female designers from the Vitra Design Museum’s collection. The art gallery also presents ‘Under the skin’ this summer. This very well received exhibition about the French artist and activist Claude Cahun was only exhibited at the Cobra Museum for a very short time last year due to the corona measures.

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