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Rotterdam – The 23rd edition of Art Rotterdam, a special spring edition, will take place this year from Thursday the 19th to Sunday the 22nd of May. The location is again the Van Nelle factory, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Under Art Rotterdam, there will be a record number of seventeen large-scale works and installations in the outdoor area, most of them specially designed for this occasion.
At the same time, there is also a lot to experience indoors. On a floor area of 10,000 m2, more than a hundred leading national and international galleries showcase the work of future and established talents. The 23rd edition introduces two valuable innovations: the video section Projections gets a whole new format, and a major expansion is planned for Prospects, Mondriaan Fund’s exhibition.
Art Rotterdam 2022 has a spring character; in the outdoor area, leading galleries and project rooms present a record number of impressive outdoor works. With the work De Blauwen, Onno Poiesz welcomes the public. The work is intended as festive, but is also a reference to war and pandemic, or the contemporary blues that dominate the beginning of 2022.
Tim Wes presents the installation Trauma Triggers Triumph. In this work, Wes, jazz saxophonist, singer and visual artist, shows that the concept of uomo universale is still relevant. In Trauma Triggers Triumph, he tells his and many others’ stories with films, music, canvas and objects. There is also a living installation on display in the outdoor area by artist Toine Dutch Bushman Klaassen. The Equilibrium Wind flag is waving at the top of the Van Nelle Factory; this flag is part of the project developed by artist Thierry Oussou in recent years on the cotton plantations in the Panouignan district of Benin. The flag represents all people working in the shadows.
Fons Hof, director of Art Rotterdam: ” What is striking about this edition is the high number of socially engaged outdoor presentations with references to the world around us. Climate, pandemic and populism alternate with humor and longing. ”
For the 10th time in a row, the Mondriaan Foundation is launching the exhibition Prospects under Art Rotterdam. The exhibition shows what has been achieved, among other things, thanks to a contribution from the Mondriaan Foundation.
New this year is the expansion of Prospects in the Expedition Building, just opposite the entrance to Art Rotterdam. 88 visual artists participate in Prospects. The compiler is for the third time in a row the experienced guest curator Johan Gustavsson in collaboration with junior curator Gabija Seiliute. Gustavsson is co-director 1646, The Hague; board member The Naked and Page Not Found and teaches at KABK. Seiliute is an author and curator, and is also part of Page Not Found in The Hague. Pivot, to which the Prospects campaign image refers, is a work by Tarona (1985) along with professional dancer Chanel Vyent. Pivot opens with a quote from actress Tonya Pinkins: ‘When black bodies are on stage, black perspectives need to be reflected’. What happens when a black performer decides not to live up to the expectations of a white, Eurocentric audience? The dancer in Pivot dances, in a brilliant golden-yellow dress, while the image slows down more and more.
NN Art Award
The awarding of the NN Art Award to a contemporary art talent with an authentic visual language and innovative approach is again one of the highlights of Art Rotterdam. The four nominated artists are: Inez de Brauw (Brinkman & Bergsma), Vytautas Kumza (Galerie Martin van Zomeren), Thierry Ousso (Lumen Travo Galerie) and Jennifer Tee (Galerie Fons Welters). Their works can be seen in the NN Art Award stand at Art Rotterdam 2022.
Rotterdam Art Week
Rotterdam Art Week, this year from 18 to 22 May, once again offers plenty of choices. Various fairs are planned for art, design and architecture enthusiasts; there are also special openings of exhibitions at museums and art institutions, and there is a wide range of pop-up exhibitions, open studios and Do-It-Yourself routes for the public.
See also: Rotterdamartweek.info