Rotterdam will revolve around the arts during Art Rotterdam Week 2014. The city on the Maas will be the top travel destination for art enthusiasts during the first week of February. From art fairs and high-profile exhibitions to projections in public spaces and overnight hotel accommodation with local artists – it will all be on offer in Rotterdam.
Art Rotterdam has developed over the past fifteen years into the Netherlands’ leading international fair in the field of young art. This year’s fair will be held at an extremely special location: the Van Nellefabriek in Rotterdam, which is the icon of het Nieuwe Bouwen (Dutch functionalism) in the Netherlands that was built in 1931.
Art Rotterdam (6 through 9 February 2014) will expand at this new location from 75 to 90 participating galleries. More than fifty percent of these galleries come from countries outside the Netherlands, including Belgium, Germany and the UK.
New Art Section and Art Rotterdam Projections will once again be part of the fair in 2014. Twenty-five young galleries will present solo exhibitions of works by rising and promising artists in the New Art Section. Art Rotterdam Projections is an international meeting place for film and video art enthusiasts, collectors and curators. Eighteen films and videos will be shown this year.
Art enthusiasts will also be able to enjoy a number of art fairs at exceptional locations, unique art projects and a large and diverse selection of museums and galleries throughout Rotterdam.
A selection of the highlights during the Art Rotterdam Week 2014:
‘S.H.O.E.S.’ – 1 February – 11 May 2014
De Kunsthal Rotterdam is presenting an exhibition on the design of women’s shoes from 1900 to the present this spring. S.H.O.E.S. – Sexy Heels or Easy Sandals – will showcase more than five hundred different pairs of shoes including designs by icons such as André Perugia and Salvatore Ferragamo, international star designers such as Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin and a number of contemporary and young up-and-coming talents.
‘Brancusi, Rosso, Man Ray – Framing Sculpture’ – 8 February – 11 May 2014
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is bringing together artworks from around the world by three pioneers of modern art. Constantin Brancusi, Medardo Rosso and Man Ray all worked in Paris in the early twentieth century. In addition to more than forty sculptures, many of which have never been on display in the Netherlands before, the museum will display hundreds of vintage photographs that the three artists took of their own sculptures.
OBJECT – 5 – 9 February 2014
This year’s edition of OBJECT, the fair for contemporary design, will be held in De Rotterdam, the stunning new building by architect Rem Koolhaas. OBJECT presents limited editions and unique pieces on the cutting edge of design, art, architecture and fashion. The fair shows work by national and international established and up-and-coming designers from various design disciplines that have been created using a diverse range of materials.
Hotel Rotterdam Wake Up in Art – 5 – 9 February 2014
Visitors to the Rotterdam art fairs will be able to book a night in the home or studio of a Rotterdam artist during the Art Rotterdam Week. Artists such as Hester Scheurwater and Olaf Mooij will give guests the opportunity to spend the night in a space that has been filled with their work especially for this occasion. Guests will not discover which artist they will be staying with until after they have booked.
Raw Art Fair – 5 – 9 February 2014
Raw Art Fair presents art, design, music, video, art talks and performances. The third edition of this art fair will take place in the Cruise Terminal in Rotterdam. Some 70 galleries will display primarily solo presentations, with sculptural works being on show in the open spaces.
Art at the Warehouse – 5 – 9 February 2014
Art at the Warehouse is an art fair, exhibition and multi-discipline festival held in the industrial Fenixloods 1 warehouse located in the Katendrecht district in Rotterdam. This is where Dutch collectors show their recent acquisitions. Art at the Warehouse also features music, theatre, talk shows and multiple pop-up restaurants.
Tribute to an avenue – 8 January – 9 February 2014
Amidst the monumental sculptures of Naum Gabo, Zadkine, Willem de Kooning and Joep van Lieshout, video works will rise at sunset in the streetscape of the Coolsingel, Rotterdam’s main avenue. The dozens of short video works by John Smith, Erik van Lieshout, Francis Alÿs and others will be shown on facades, in store windows and on the windows of empty buildings.
Anne Wenzel – The Opaque Palace – 6 February – 5 May 2014
Anne Wenzel, who is originally from Germany, has been working more than ten years to create a distinctive body of work that comprises monumental ceramic statues and installations in which beauty battles against decline, figuration against abstraction and power against destruction. Her ‘The Opaque Palace’ solo exhibition in TENT has been curated by Daria de Beauvais, curator of Palais de Tokyo in Paris.