Atelier Van Lieshout
Bik Van der Pol
Bas van Beek
Fucking Good Art
Joost van Gorsel
Jeanne van Heeswijk
Aletta de Jong
Dirk van Lieshout
Libia Perez de Siles de Castro
Olafur Arni Olafsson
Lidwien van de Ven
Mels van Zutphen
'Show me the creative force of Rotterdam' said Sjarel Ex when he was appointed Managing Director of the Museum. The exhibition is the response. The Museum gathered a large number of artists and designers to show the current artistic barometer on Rotterdam art and design. Works are on display by visual artists who have been living in the city for some time, as well as by artists from the province and abroad who are using the city as a temporary operating base.
â€œShow me the creative force of Rotterdamâ€ said Sjarel Ex when he was appointed Managing Director of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The exhibition called â€˜Project Rotterdamâ€™ is the response. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen gathered a large number of artists and designers to show the public the current artistic barometer on Rotterdam art and design.
The exhibition â€˜Project Rotterdamâ€™ puts the dynamic field of force in Rotterdam art and design on the map. In 1984 the then Managing Director Wim Beeren used a similar tool to test the artistic climate in Rotterdam with his â€˜Art from Rotterdamâ€™ exhibition. This time, works are on display by visual artists who have been living in the city for some time, as well as by artists from the province and abroad who are using the city as a temporary operating base. The central theme is to express how these artists, each in their own way, relate to the city. Also designers in Rotterdam are finding inspiration in the seaport, looking at the world with an open mind. They often work with design icons, reinterpret classic examples and recycle old materials to create new designs.
The favourable climate for establishing a business as well as the low-cost and spacious studios in Rotterdam are great incentives for newcomers and experienced artists and designers. For artists, Rotterdam is an attractive city where they can go into hiding and yet find ample opportunities to work with others. Rotterdam has a striking number of (informal) cooperatives in the form of artistsâ€™ initiatives. Designers are also having an extensive network structure where individuals are seeking collaboration to bundle their creativity.
Joep van Lieshout
In line with this exhibition, the museum invited artist Joep van Lieshout/Studio for a presentation of his own work as well as the work from the museumâ€™s collection. This presentation is the first of a series in which Rotterdam artists are invited to express their vision on the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen collection.
Fucking Good Art will be publishing its tenth edition in book form as part of â€˜Project Rotterdamâ€™. Fucking Good Art is a â€˜zine' its creators are regarding as a tool to map the Rotterdam artistic world.
In September some gatherings will be held in the evening hours on the theme of the exhibition. Futher information follows.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS & DESIGNERS
Babak Afrassiabi, Iran, 1969
Lara Almarcegui, Spain, 1972
Atelier Van Lieshout, NL, established in 1995
Antistrot, NL, working together since 1997
Bas van Beek, NL, 1974
Jurgen Bey, NL, 1965
Marc Bijl, NL, 1970
Bik Van der Pol, NL, working together since 1994
Frank Bruggeman, NL, 1966
The Buggers, NL, working since 2004
Jason Coburn, UK, 1969
Ronald Cornelissen, NL, 1960
Crimson, NL, established in 1994
â‚¬unit, NL, established in 2005
Fucking Good Art, NL, started in 2003
Joost van Gorsel, NL, 1980
Jeanne van Heeswijk, NL, 1965
Philippine Hoegen, NL, 1970
Aletta de Jong, NL, 1967
Jeroen Jongeleen, NL, 1968
Hella Jongerius, NL, 1963
Chris Kabel, NL, 1975
Aleksander Komarov, Belarus, 1971
Dirk van Lieshout, NL, 1973
Melvin Moti, NL 1977
Libia PÃ©rez de Siles de Castro, Spain, 1971
& Ã“lafur Ãrni Ã“lafsson, Iceland, 1973
Bertjan Pot, NL 1975
Bas Princen, NL 1975
Olga Russel, NL 1968
Tomas Saraceno, Argentina, 1973
Charlotte Schleiffert, NL, 1967
Wieki Somers, NL, 1976
Spacemaker (pseudonym Aad Stierum), NL, 1964
T, (Â©), H & M, NL, established in 2000
Telcosystems, NL, working together since 2001
Sophia Tabatadze, Georgia, 1977
Ellie Uyttenbroek, NL, 1965, & Ari Versluis, NL, 1965
Lidwien van de Ven, NL, 1963
Hans Wilschut, NL, 1966
Mels van Zutphen, NL, 1963
Image: Atelier van Lieshout at 50th Venice Biennial
Opening: Friday 1 July 2005 from 6 p.m. and at 8 p.m. a performance by â‚¬unit featuring Erik van Lieshout.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen