Rotterdam Art Week takes place from 30 June to 4 July. Maasstad is then dominated by art, design and architecture. Skin Club will also be launched during this event, a new, experimental and inclusive platform for modern culture in Rotterdam.
Huidenclub is located in the Diepeveen building, an industrial building from 1914. The name Huidenclub is a reference to the past. The tannery De Coöperatieve Vereniging Rotterdamsche Huidenclub was previously located in the building. Now it serves as a workshop for artists, designers and activists.
An experimental laboratory
The skin club wants to offer a platform for diverse visions and perspectives on pressing social issues. The launch of the platform will take place on Wednesday, June 30th. The first theme was chosen COLLECT ITSELF† This is because the Hides Club is, so to speak, still under construction and must learn to organize. An art exhibition and a design exhibition are organized in two custom-built cubes.
The art exhibition Shakes the usual explores how art within its own discipline can have a political and social significance. Participating artists are: Pauline Boudry + Renate Lorenz, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Andrea Eva Gyori, Patricia Kaersenhout, Janis Rafa, Evelyn Taochang Wang, Jennifer Tee and Kubilay Mert Ural.
The design exhibition The Design Deviants presents the best of the current design field in Rotterdam with works by Laurids Gallé, Sabine Marcelis, Tim Mastik and Phil Procter. In collaboration with Victor Hunt. dealer. this presentation came about. Outside the exhibition spaces are works by Jonas Lutz and Johan Viladrich, Anna Aagaard and Pim Top.
Workshops and program in the fall of 2021
Skin Club closes again after opening during Rotterdam Art Week. Programming resumes from September. The Huidenclub then puts together a public program every six months via an open call. This is based on a specific social theme. Alternating teams of curators select the submitted entries and shape the program. The possibilities are many and vary from exhibitions, performances and lectures to films and workshops.
From next autumn, Hudklubben will also make a number of studio spaces and workshops available to artists, designers, designers and anyone who belongs to the club’s purpose. The offer varies from a simple membership to flex and fix agencies and studios. Members, guests and friends can also use facilities such as a sustainable local restaurant, open workplaces, a bookstore and a changing program with exhibitions, workshops, screenings, lectures and performances.
The skin club is founded by Chantal Schoenmakers and Liv Vaisberg. Chantal Schoenmakers is an architect and started her career at MVRDV, after which she founded the Rotterdam office IWT together with Bastiaan Kalmeyer. Her expertise is the transformation of buildings and grounds that contribute to improving the urban living environment through open and experimental initiatives. Liv Vaisberg is a cultural entrepreneur and worked in Brussels as the initiator of Poppositions, a trade fair for new art. She was also involved in A Performance Affair, the first trade show for performance art. She was also co-director of Independent Brussels and co-founder of Collectible, the first worldwide trade fair for collectibles. Today she is, among other things, responsible for international relations and strategy for Art Rotterdam and Unseen.