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Cor Kraat, Made in Rotterdam

The retrospective exhibition Cor Kraat, Made in Rotterdam, which was developed on the initiative of the Center for Visual Arts (CBK) and LP2, presents in a unique way an overview of the oeuvre of visual artist Cor Kraat (1946), who has completed the public space in Rotterdam. has given face for decades. Think for example of the Nieuwe Delftse Poort, the Kraatpaal and the glass entrance of the Kuip. Anyone who wants to get to know Rotterdam better is welcome this fall.

Art & Vaarwerk
The exhibition is divided into three rooms. Each room displays a contemporary image of Rotterdam with the art of Cor Kraat born and raised in Rotterdam as the benchmark. The work of the artists' collective Kunst & Vaarwerk, which Kraat founded together with Hans Citroen and Willem van Drunen, is also part of the exhibition: a Dutch Pop Art variant that ironically returned to that harsh city. Since then, a red BMW has been sticking out of a parking garage at the Weena, industrial tanks in the Botlek area have been taken in hand and a sailor is facing the blind wall. Parts from the famous VPRO documentary 'Greetings from Rotterdam' (1980) will also be shown in which the makers Dick Rijneke and Mildred van Leeuwaarden follow Art & Vaarwerk during the execution of various art projects. See below for more information about the exhibition.


The exhibition is initiated by Siebe Thissen (CBK) and GĂ©rard Steenbergen (LP2): 'Cor Kraat's work offers a unique opportunity to show the public a number of crucial episodes of the post-war history of Rotterdam, including the emptiness of reconstruction, the gray business-like nature of architecture and the fascination for the port. There is no artist who identifies with Rotterdam as Cor Kraat'.

Publication date: 18 / 11 / 2013

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