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Art Rotterdam Week

lifestyle & tra…luxury

6 February 2013

Rotterdam is bubbling with art during Rotterdam Art Week. In this first week of February, the entire city of Rotterdam is a celebration of culture and contemporary art. Visitors will be treated to a wide variety of art fairs, local street fairs, pop-up shows, open studios and special museum exhibitions.

Art Rotterdam is an international art fair taking place from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 February in the Cruise Terminal. Founded in 2000, Art Rotterdam has developed into an internationally renowned platform for contemporary art. The fair will present more than ninety established and emerging galleries from the Netherlands and abroad, showcasing the latest developments in contemporary art.

This year Art Rotterdam also will be introducing a special section for film and video. Art Rotterdam Projections takes place in the building LP2 opposite the Cruise terminal. Nowadays more and more artists work with video to shape their ideas. In museums and at biennials video and film are an important part of the presented art. At Art Rotterdam Projections approximately 20 galleries present a video work of an upcoming or more renowned artist in an open and interactive setting.

In the same week, the Kunsthal will be presenting the exhibition ‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk' (10 February - 12 May). Gaultier has shaped the look of fashion over the last 35 years with his avant-garde creations and cutting-edge designs. The first international exhibition of this celebrated and famed French couturier's work provides a spectacular overview of his extensive oeuvre. Rotterdam is the only European city that is showcasing the retrospective completely.

A small selection of other highlights during Art Rotterdam Week 2013:

Prospects & concepts - 7 - 10 February

Contemporaneous with Art Rotterdam, the Mondriaan Fund is organizing an exhibition of work by the artists who received an initial financial contribution in 2011 to kick-start their careers. The exhibition shows work by 35 promising Dutch or resident artists; some are still unknown, while others have already held exciting exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad.

Art Warehouse - 5 - 10 February

Art Warehouse is a new art fair, expo and multi-disciplinary festival in one. Art Warehouse not only displays art, but also allows visitors to experience art in a unique environment. The large hall offers a space where visitors can dine, drink and relax, and be entertained, provoked and moved by a diverse cultural programme of music, dance, theatre and talk shows in Warehouse style.

Raw Art Fair6 - 10 February

RAW is the new art fair in the city of Rotterdam: young, fresh and different! RAW offers visitors, gallery managers, artists and collectors a completely revisited art fair experience at the historical Santos  . Raw Art also presents RAW CHINA EXPO. Piet de Jonge (former head curator at Kröller Müller Museum, Museum Boijmans van Be­uningen and Van Abbemuseum) will be the curator for the exhibition.

Object Rotterdam  - 7 - 10 February

OBJECT Rotterdam is the fair for contemporary design, which will be held in the Netherlands Architecture Institute/The New Institute. OBJECT Rotterdam presents the most current developments in Dutch and international design. The fair is a platform for the latest limited editions and one-offs from well-known and upcoming designers working in different design disciplines and various materials.

Art Tours  - 7 - 10 February

Visitors who are visiting Rotterdam Art Week and have limited time or don't know exactly what they'd like to see during their visit can take an customized art tour at Paviljoen Rotterdam. The Art Tour is curated to meet personal needs and  expectations. The tour organisation crafts a programme which offers an exciting and interesting time while including a look at the very best contemporary art at Art Rotterdam & Art Rotterdam Projections, RAW, ReRotterdam and/or Warehouse and other venues. There are also options for meeting art professionals and artists.

Waking up in art - 5 - 10 February

After last year's success, Hotel Rotterdam strikes again during the Art Rotterdam Week. Visitors to the Art Rotterdam Week can sign up for a night in the studio or home of a Rotterdam artist. The exact address and artist will only be revealed after guest registration. The artists will create a special place for you to sleep, and serve you breakfast in the morning. 

The Road to Van Eyck -  till 10 February

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen is exhibiting the extremely valuable and fragile works of Jan van Eyck (Maaseik? c.1390 - Bruges 1441), long considered the father of oil painting. During Art Week Rotterdam, visitors will have one final opportunity to visit this internationally acclaimed exhibition.  

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