Rotterdam was the visual art capital of the Netherlands this weekend. Besides the high art gathering of Art Rotterdam, there were many other initiatives like RAW, Re:Rotterdam, Paviljoen and Object. To much for one day, so I decided to narrow down to ‘Re:’ and ‘RAW’.
Re: Rotterdam is held is in an empty office-building. Damn… 8 floors filled with about 150 artist (wish we had such a building in Tilburg, if you have a tip, let us know! ). The work is divers and the quality is varying. Loads of ‘wall-art’ presented the way you would expect it to be presented. The top floor is, in my view, the most interesting part of the whole exhibition. It seemed that the artists inspired each other to make a intervention in the office-spaces. Going down the stairs and though the cheerless corridors there were just a few artist who surprised me (highlights below). After spending a couple of hours at ‘Re:’ I went to see the RAW Art Fair. The battery of my camera was almost dead, so I had to be selective in taking pictures. I didn’t really know what to expect, but it turned out to be a art fair like any other, but messy (‘raw’) and informal and they had an additional exhibition upstairs. A big, industrial, dark space. My camera was death by that time so I don’t have any pictures of the exhibition. Each artwork was exposed by a spotlight. This worked for some of the works but gave the exhibition a overall theatrical effect. I wish I could stay a day or two longer to see everything Rotterdam had to offer. It’s great so many initiatives pop up around an art fair and there is the space and enthusiasm to get it done.