Wereldmuseum celebrates 'Healing Rhythms' at Museumnacht010

Wereldmuseum celebrates 'Healing Rhythms' at Museumnacht010

Experience a night of cultural exploration with 'Healing Rhythms' at Museumnacht010 in Rotterdam's Wereldmuseum, featuring music, dance, and the premiere of 'A World in Common.'

During Museumnacht010, the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam will host 'Healing Rhythms' from around the globe, offering attendees an opportunity to experience the power of ancestral connection through music, dance, and poetry. This event promises an evening filled with performances by local DJs and dancers, alongside unexpected encounters that will continue into the early hours.

Furthermore, the museum is set to unveil its latest exhibition, 'A World in Common,' a collaborative effort with Tate Modern London. This premiere will be exclusive to Museumnacht010 visitors, allowing them the first glimpse of the new exhibit.

Museumnacht010's diverse programme

At the HiphopHuis, attendees will be treated to a 'Colourful Painting Journey' by artist Nadia van Luijk and chef London Loy. This interactive experience combines intuitive painting with changing light colours and complementary juices, designed to rejuvenate participants for the night ahead.

The 'Dancing on the Shoulders of Giants' event, hosted by HiphopHuis, will feature a break battle honouring the diverse styles and rich history of hip-hop, embodying the genre's values of equality, ownership, creativity, and innovation.

Diaspora Wellhouse introduces 'Rhythms and Rituals,' where Sabrina Starke and Irene Agyeman Hin, accompanied by Aro-Diaspora music, will guide visitors through a series of sacred rituals and stories, exploring the African Diaspora and transcending national borders.

At the Atelier, 'Music Matters' with Mo Jakob and Mr. Jetfly will explore the intersections between popular and traditional music, blending influences from the Surinamese music style Kawina with contemporary urban songs.

House Jam Rotterdam promises an unforgettable evening of self-expression through dance and movement, highlighting the ancestral origins of House music with performances by local dancers, DJs, musicians, and an MC.

'Spoken Word Tour' by the Rotterdam collective Spraakuhloos will lead visitors through the 'Kruispunt' exhibition, creating a dynamic dialogue between the past and present, global influences, and local stories, where words connect worlds.

Exhibition Colonialism and Rotterdam. Photo credit: Alexander Santos LimaExhibition Colonialism and Rotterdam. Photo credit: Alexander Santos Lima

Highlighting local and global histories

The 'Colonialism and Rotterdam' exhibition offers a reflective look at how the global legacy of colonialism continues to influence the city, weaving together local, national, and international histories.

'A World in Common,' curated by Tate Modern London in partnership with Wereldmuseum Rotterdam, showcases the vibrant landscape of contemporary African photography. Featuring 22 artists from various generations and regions, the exhibition explores the legacy of the past and imagines a shared future through photography and film.

Aida Muluneh: Star Shine Moon Glow, Water Life 2018. Commisioned by WaterAidAida Muluneh: Star Shine Moon Glow, Water Life 2018. Commisioned by WaterAid

Directions and general area

For those planning to visit the Wereldmuseum during Museumnacht010, the museum is conveniently located in the heart of Rotterdam, easily accessible by public transport and within walking distance from several landmarks. The surrounding area is known for its vibrant cultural scene, offering a mix of historical and modern attractions.

Levenslust Academie: art meets community in Rotterdam

Levenslust Academie: art meets community in Rotterdam

A new chapter in Rotterdam's cultural landscape unfolds as the Levenslust Academie emerges, marking a collaboration between Pluspunt and Brutus to blend art into society's fabric.

Levenslust Academie: a fusion of art and community

In a significant collaboration between Pluspunt and Brutus, a new initiative has been launched in Rotterdam, known as the Levenslust Academie. This partnership aims to introduce art into the broader society, focusing on the inclusivity of cultural participation. The academy represents a social-artistic venture that began in September 2023, where individuals from Pluspunt, alongside professional artists, have come together to explore creative and expressive skills over six months. The initial outcomes of this collaboration are on display at Brutus from 11 to 25 February 2024.

The Levenslust Academie stands as a pioneering programme, functioning as a catalyst, experimental ground, and precursor to a future inclusive education and cultural centre. This project fosters close collaboration between Rotterdam's residents in vulnerable positions and artists, architects, and designers, bridging the gap between different societal segments through art.

Results from collaboration with artist Daan den HouterResults from collaboration with artist Daan den Houter

Exhibition and collaboration

The exhibition at Brutus showcases the work produced by Pluspunt participants in collaboration with professional artists, highlighting the academy's inclusive nature. This venture not only aims to develop survival skills among Pluspunt participants but also enriches the artistic professionals' practice with fresh perspectives and insights. The blend of professional and personal knowledge and experience in creating artworks signifies a significant step towards integrating art into society.

“Everyone is an artist,” famously stated by Joseph Beuys in 1967, underscores the belief that everyone has the potential to engage with art. This project echoes the sentiment that art should not be confined to professionals, but is a domain accessible to all, capable of adding value to the world and enriching personal well-being.

Visit and explore

The exhibition is open to the public free of charge from 15 to 25 February 2024, from Thursday to Sunday, between 12.00 and 18.00 hours. It offers a unique opportunity for visitors to explore the diverse outcomes of this creative collaboration.

About Pluspunt and Brutus

Pluspunt operates as a support, learning, and work collective for Rotterdam's residents needing a helping hand and those willing to contribute. Brutus, on the other hand, is an artist-driven playground, renowned as the largest contemporary art institution in the Netherlands, offering a space for artists to experiment and exhibit their work.

Directions to Brutus

For those interested in visiting the exhibition, Brutus is located at Keileweg 10 to 18, nestled in the transformative creative harbour area of Rotterdam. This venue boasts 6000m2 of raw, unpolished exhibition spaces, alongside the Brutus Lab with a residency and various workspaces, and the freely accessible sculpture garden, Brutus Garden.


Silhouette art exhibition at Dordts Patriciërshuis

Silhouette art exhibition at Dordts Patriciërshuis

A glimpse into the past: Dordrecht's Patriciërshuis Museum unveils the art of silhouettes, connecting history with the present.

Exploring the silhouette art at Dordts Patriciërshuis

Dordrecht's Patriciërshuis, a historic museum home, is currently hosting an exhibition dedicated to the art of silhouette until 13 March. Visitors have the opportunity to wander freely through the house, immersing themselves in the lives of affluent traders and officials from the 18th and 19th centuries. The exhibition allows guests to engage directly with the period's furnishings, admire the grand dinnerware and various artworks up close, and even 'touch' the Maas river from the summer kitchen. Additionally, the Patriciërshuis surprises its visitors with displays of silhouette paintings, prints, and cut-out artworks, a form of art that enjoyed immense popularity among the well-to-do bourgeoisie of the time.

The craft of silhouette portraits in history

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, creating silhouette portraits, whether cut, drawn, or painted, was a widespread practice in Western Europe. This form of portraiture was not only quicker but also significantly cheaper than oil painting. Wealthy merchants, traders, and officials would often invite itinerant artists to their homes to capture the likenesses of family, loved ones, and possessions in silhouette. The artists, known as 'profilists,' were adept at quickly grasping and depicting an individual's character in these profiles, making silhouette art a form of entertainment at parties and social gatherings by emphasizing playful aspects of a person's character traits and posture.

Modern interpretations of historical silhouettes

The Patriciërshuis showcases various forms of this art, including cut-out art, painted portraits on everyday objects, and historical reference works with copies of painted silhouettes from the 18th and 19th centuries. A small photo exhibition in the basement highlights how contemporary artists continue to draw inspiration from historical silhouette and portrait art. Among the displayed works is a portrait of former Queen Beatrix by Vincent Mentzel, which served as the basis for her silhouette seen on the euro coin. The portraits by Sebiha Öztas capture the essence of their subjects, revealing dreams, desires, character traits, and emotions through simplicity and power.

Visiting the Dordts Patriciërshuis

The Patriciërshuis, with its elegant period rooms and 18th-century decor, provides an ideal backdrop for the 'Kopstukken uit de schaduw' (Leading figures out of the shadows) exhibition. Among its collection of objects and paintings, the highlight is the circular Maas room, offering a stunning view over Europe's busiest three-river point.

The Dordts Patriciërshuis is situated along Wolwevershaven, easily accessible for those interested in experiencing a slice of history amidst the bustling waterways of the Netherlands. The area around the museum is known for its picturesque setting, offering visitors a chance to explore the rich maritime and trading history of Dordrecht.

Rotterdam Art Week 2024 at Brutus

Rotterdam Art Week 2024 at Brutus

A unique fusion of art and architecture unfolds at Brutus, showcasing the innovative works of Folkert de Jong and Marjan Teeuwen.

Rotterdam welcomes innovative art installations

Folkert de Jong and Marjan Teeuwen's latest works unveiled at Brutus

From 27 January 2024, Brutus will host two remarkable exhibitions, featuring the thought-provoking styrofoam sculptures of Folkert de Jong in "The hero, the villain, and the truth" and Marjan Teeuwen's eleventh architectural installation, "Verwoest Huis Brutus". These exhibitions offer a unique blend of theatrical presentation and architectural deconstruction, inviting visitors to explore the boundaries of art and architecture.

The hero, the villain, and the truth

This exhibition showcases Folkert de Jong's life-sized figures crafted from insulation materials such as styrofoam and polyurethane foam, arranged in a dramatic setting. By depicting distorted versions of historical figures, including Luther, Jesus, Mary, Snoop Dogg, and Queen Wilhelmina, de Jong challenges viewers to reconsider the narratives of history and its alternate possibilities. The exhibition runs until 31 March.

Marjan Teeuwen transforms demolition sites into artMarjan Teeuwen transforms demolition sites into art

Verwoest Huis Brutus

Marjan Teeuwen transforms demolition sites into art, working globally from Gaza to Rotterdam-Noord. At Brutus, she has created a semi-permanent architectural installation in a previously sealed, daylight-deprived space. Teeuwen's deconstructive approach culminates in a brutalist installation, striving for perfection through the arrangement of two uneven squares.

Brutus during Rotterdam Art Week 2024

The official opening of the Rotterdam Art Week at Brutus on 30 January 2024 will feature Fons Hof (director of RAW). The event highlights the "Transitions: Navigating Humanity in a Shifting Reality" exhibition, curated by The New Current, which provides a platform for 24 emerging talents. Additionally, Brutus Lab opens its doors, showcasing the works of its residents, including recent RM Young Blood Foundation awardees. The program also includes "The Elysian Field" by Atelier Van Lieshout and the "Snoeshanen" exhibition at Brutus Next Door, culminating in the RAW Afterparty hosted in collaboration with Operator.

About Brutus

Established in 2008 by Joep van Lieshout as AVL Mundo, Brutus stands as the Netherlands' largest contemporary art institution, operating independently since 2023. Located at Keileweg 10 to 18, within a transformative creative harbor area, Brutus spans 6,000m^2 of raw exhibition space. It serves as a playground for artists to experiment across all disciplines, from sculpture to performance, merging established international names with emerging talents.

Brutus is situated in the dynamic Keileweg area, known for its creative and transformative energy. Visitors can easily reach the venue by public transport or by car, with ample parking available. The area around Brutus is characterized by its industrial heritage and contemporary creative ventures, making it a must-visit destination for art and architecture enthusiasts.

Discover Rotterdam's landmarks and unbuilt projects

Discover Rotterdam's landmarks and unbuilt projects

An exclusive opportunity to explore Rotterdam's architectural marvels through maquette models of existing landmarks as well as unrealized projects during Art Rotterdam at the Van Nelle Factory.

Open maquette depot offers a glimpse into Rotterdam's architectural heritage

During Art Rotterdam on 1 and 2 February, Nieuwe Instituut's Open Maquette Depot at the Van Nelle Factory will be accessible to visitors, offering a rare insight into both celebrated and unrealized Rotterdam buildings through its collection of approximately 700 maquettes. This event marks a unique occasion as the depot is usually not open to the public, and entry will be free of charge.

The orange-coloured maquette depot, part of the State Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning managed by the New Institute, contains around four million items including design drawings and other archival materials from some of the Netherlands' most renowned architects. The collection represents a significant component of Dutch architectural history.

Unlike a museum, the depot primarily serves as a workspace for collection managers to perform restorations and prepare loans and transport for exhibitions. Its design, a vast climate-controlled cabinet of 460 m2 created by Broekbakema architects and placed within the Schiehal of the Van Nelle Factory in 2005, is an architectural feat in itself.

Discover Rotterdam's landmarks and unbuilt projectsDiscover Rotterdam's landmarks and unbuilt projects

Unique view of Rotterdam's buildings

The depot showcases a selection of both large-scale models and smaller, fragile pieces from Dutch design heritage, including unrealized projects. Notably, Rotterdam's architectural landmarks are well represented, featuring models such as the colossal plaster competition models for the new city hall from 1912, the Markthal, the Paperklip, café De Unie, the Beursgebouw, the Rivierahal of Blijdorp, the Industriegebouw, and designs for the Putselaan, the Müllerpier, and the Witte Dorp, as well as a model of the New Institute itself.

Discover Rotterdam's landmarks and unbuilt projectsDiscover Rotterdam's landmarks and unbuilt projects

Visiting information

The Open Maquette Depot can be visited during Art Rotterdam on Thursday, 1 February, from 16:00 to 19:00, and Friday, 2 February, from 10:00 to 19:00. Entry is free, and no Art Rotterdam ticket is required. Collection managers will be on hand for tours and questions. The depot is located in Schiehal A at the Van Nelle Design Factory, Van Nelleweg 1, Rotterdam. For more information, please visit the New Institute's website.

In addition, the New Institute is currently hosting 'Netherlands on the Drawing Board', an exhibition celebrating the rich Dutch history of spatial planning and design, commemorating the centenary of the State Collection.

Directions to the Van Nelle Factory

The Van Nelle Factory, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an emblem of modernist architecture, is situated on the outskirts of Rotterdam. It's easily accessible by public transport, bike, or car. For visitors coming by public transport, buses and trams connect the factory to Rotterdam's central areas, making it a straightforward journey for those attending the Open Maquette Depot.

About RotterdamStyle.com

RotterdamStyle.com is the largest and most popular online platform for expats and longstay tourists in Rotterdam.

Business inquiries

We're always open to receiving press releases or business inquiries. Just send us an email at hello [@] rotterdamstyle.com.

Acquire us

We're looking to get acquired by a startup or enterprise with deep pockets. Go ahead, make us an offer we can't refuse. ;-)