02/06/2019 — 02/07/2019

#CBKRDAM MAKE POSSIBLE: Loading Saleh in Dresden

CBK Rotterdam considers an international position of Rotterdam visual artists and visual art important. We therefore maintain close ties with art organizations abroad and try to stimulate as many visual artists as possible in the internationalization of their professional practice. Simon Kentgens realized his project Laden Raden Saleh - a contemporary kiosk in Dresden as a result of the Dresden-Rotterdam exchange project, in collaboration with the Kulturamt Dresden and the Goethe Institut. He placed a kiosk in the public space of Dresden (Neustadt), the kiosk is based on the kiosk of Raden Saleh in Maxen (D). The kiosk will open on June 2 and will be operational for a month.

Loading Saleh
A space for encounter and exchange

A project by Simon Kentgens

Laden Saleh is a temporary kiosk in the heart of Dresden's Neustadt district. It is inspired by the story of the Indonesian painter and prince Raden Saleh, who lived and worked in Dresden for several years from 1839 to 1848. In Dresden he was called 'The Black Prince'. His exotic appearance and his oriental painting style made him very successful and popular with the Saxon kings and artists. In today's Dresden his history is almost completely forgotten. The only thing that reminds of him is a kiosk or pavilion in Maxen, a small village outside the city.

Laden Saleh is inspired by this kiosk and brings it to life, in the middle of Dresden's Neustadt, the Jorge-Gomondai-Platz. It revives the historical presence of painter prince Raden Saleh in the city and at the same time poses questions about identity and Orientalism in the present.

The kiosk sells small oriental goods and groceries. It is a work of art that blends into everyday life, but also deals critically with Dresden's orientalist heritage. It views the history of Dresden as a long-lasting development in which the exchange of cultures has constantly influenced the city's life.

The project aims to reach all the people who pass by Albertplatz every day. In addition, there is a series of events that invite associations and artists to exchange ideas on current social issues. Thus, the kiosk becomes a place of encounter, exchange and reflection on the city of Dresden.

Laden Saleh is located on Jorge-Gomondai-Platz (between Hauptstraße and Albertplatz) in Dresden's Neustadt district from 2 June to 30 June. The kiosk will have daily opening hours and host several small events.

The opening presentation will take place on 2 June at 16: 00 with Banda Internationale (small line-up), a greeting by the cultural mayor Mrs. Annekatrin Klepsch and Ove Lucas, director of the CBK Rotterdam.

Loading Saleh is supported by the Kunstkommission der Stadt Dresden, the CBK (Center for Art) Rotterdam (NL) and the Goethe-Institut Rotterdam and is supported by Galerie Ursula Walter, Dresden.

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