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Art in the Witte de Withkwartier

Event, Kunstblock: 11 / 09 / 2015 - 13 / 09 / 2015
Location: Witte de Withkwartier

Rotterdam arts festival opens the cultural season with
(inter) national artists, local heroes, outsiders & new talent

'Art in the Witte de Withkwartier' opens the new cultural season with a 'State of the Art' from the Rotterdam art sector. The arts festival shows a cross-section of everything that Rotterdam has to offer at the intersection of performance art and visual arts, fashion, music, design, photography, video art and interventions in public space. From an international perspective, attention is paid to 'Bit Rot': the first large-scale solo exhibition of 'Artist in Focus' Douglas Coupland (CAN) in Europe. In addition, the Drempelprijs is awarded to young talents from the Willem de Kooning Academy. With 'World Beyond Art' in the Museumpark, attention is paid to the art of the outsiders. Sunday is the family day, with workshops, craft trips and a children's disco.

Artist Only and Preview Night
Bouncing into the festival with the Kunstblockparty
Organizer Kunstblock involves artists more closely in the festival and is opening this year for the first time with an 'Artist Only' happening. The Drempelprijs is also awarded to young Rotterdam talents. Prior to the opening, the FITAX art exchange fair, where artists exhibit and exchange their work. There is a preview night for the public, with exclusive openings and small-scale events. New this year is the festival hang out in the Kromme Elleboog, a side street of the Witte de Withstraat, with a bar and outdoor stage that is filled for three days with an ongoing program. At the end of the evening the program moves inside and the arts festival is bounced off with the Kunstblockparty 'Double Cross x TEMPO' in WORM. - before 11 sept. 17.00u FITAX art exchange fair, 19.00-23.00u 'Artist Only', Boomgaardsstraat and Preview Night in Witte de Withkwartier; 23.00-06.00u Kunstblockparty, WORM, Boomgaardsstraat 71.

Artist in Focus, Douglas Coupland - 'Bit Rot'
The first large-scale solo exhibition in Europe
While other cities take the past as an anchor point to derive their identity, Rotterdam does the opposite; the future is her character. As part of the Manifestation 'Rotterdam celebrates the city', Kunstblock is delighted to collaborate with Canadian writer, artist and designer Douglas Coupland (1965) as an Artist in Focus for the year-long project 'Futurosity'. Coupland's first novel 'Generation X' (1991), in which he flawlessly described a whole generation, became an international bestseller and Coupland still knows how to capture the spirit of the times like no other. Inspired by Coupland's work, 'Futurosity' is an invitation to reflect together on the concept of 'future'. On the eve of the festival, on Thursday 10 September, Coupland gives an artist talk and opens 'Bit Rot', his first large-scale solo exhibition in Europe, in the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. In this exhibition, the artist shares his thoughts with the public and addresses topics such as globalization, terror, the Internet, pop culture, social media and the resulting image economy. On Friday he gives an appearance during 'Cocktails & Helvetica', a design and print workshop for slogan posters with the Helvetica font. - the 10 sept. 17.00u opening 'Bit Rot' with Artist Talk, Witte de With, before 11 sept. 19.00 - 23.00u 'Cocktails & Helvetica'.

'World Beyond Art' - Outside Art in Museumpark
Art of sleepers, visionaries, outsiders and naives
The arts festival welcomes a special group of artists and artists who make art from a certain isolation in the Museumpark, not taking into account the troubles and conventions of the modern art world. "You hear and you hardly see them." Day in, day out they work in silence in their own fascinating world that they reveal with their art. International museums and art collectors have long appreciated this art movement, which they characterize as boundless, unconventional and surprising, while in the Netherlands the necessary attention to this art flow has so far been lacking. 'World Beyond Art' in the Museumpark draws visitors into the world of these makers, which is exhibited in a colorful collection of caravans, building chains, horse carriages and sea containers, attractively decorated with performances and pleasant hangouts with music and bars. Art in the Witte de Withkwartier is the first arts festival in the Netherlands that offers Outsider Art a full place within the program. 'Worl Beyond Art' is part of 24 Hour Culture. - Sat 12 to Sun 13 Sept., 'World Beyond Art', Museum Park.

The Drempelprijs - WdKA talent
Prize for the most promising, graduated young talents
The Witte de Withkwartier has a great attraction for art initiatives and artists, both established and young and up and coming. There is a great deal of involvement and attention from new art institutions and galleries for new talent, including for the students of the nearby Willem de Kooning Academy. To reinforce this, the new Drempelprijs is awarded during the opening of the festival to the most promising young graduates of the academy. The work of these graduates is shown in a specially designed exhibition on location in the Witte de Withkwartier. The results of 'Public & Private, Autonomous Practices' are also presented during the festival weekend, with work by fourth-year students based on a week-long workshop. - before 11 sept. Presentation of the Drempelprijs, from 11 to Sun 13 Sept. Exhibition of the Drempelprijs and the presentation of 'Public & Private, Autonomous Practices'.

Family program - Children enjoy themselves 'where their parents stand'
Kinderkaffee, Tentakelfestival and Fantasie on format
Kunstkaravaan Tentakel settles on the square at Schiedamse Vest with a mini-parade of artists and artists, from where the children's routes also depart. Sunday is the family day: the Kinderkaffee ', the nicest café in Rotterdam, has a full program with ranja taps, cocktail shaking, DJs and a children's disco. In the Eendrachtstuin children learn to work with different textile techniques in the workshop 'Fantasy on Format', or get wavy on radio waves and swing from the groove with the 'Klankentuin'. - Sat 12 through Sun 13 Sept. Art caravan Tentakel, on the Schiedamse Vest and Children's expeditions, like this. 13 Sept. 'Kinderkaffee', #Wunderbar and 'Fantasie op Maat, Eendrachtstuin.

Kunstblock - Art institutions in the Witte de Withkwartier
Stand up comedy, carnival, party & Summer Sessions
Kunstblock is the name of the collaborating contemporary art institutions in the Witte de With quarter: TENT, CBK Rotterdam, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Showroom MAMA, V2_ Institute for Instable Media and WORM Institute for Avant-garde Recreation. During the festival, the Kunstblock institutions highlight a special range of art: with 'Laff Box', MAMA proves that art is also stand up comedy. TENT merges art with carnival in a parade of fourteen young talents led by performance artist Mette Sterre, as part of the 'On The Other Side Of Reality' manifestation. V2_ shows the results of their summer school 'Summer Sessions 2015', with work by international media artists. Together with Urban Guides, CBK Rotterdam maps out the Art & Architecture route, along the reconstruction art in the outdoor space. Every festival day ends with the Kunstblockparty, where artists and the public meet. - Sat 12 through Sun 13 Sept. 'Laff Box', Showroom MAMA; cycle route Art & Architecture, CBK Rotterdam; 'Summer Sessions', V2_; so 13 sept. Street parade 'On The Other Side Of Reality', TENT.


More information: www.kunstwdwkwartier.nl

TENT is the platform for contemporary art in the context of Rotterdam with exhibitions, new productions, educational projects, performances and events with makers from the city and beyond.
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Sculpture International Rotterdam manages the international sculpture collection of Rotterdam, brings it to the attention and develops a metropolitan international art policy.
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Forest polder fox, Florentijn Hofman, Schiedamseweg, 2020. Photo: Otto Snoek

BKOR manages and renews the extensive city collection in collaboration with Rotterdam residents, companies and institutions. BKOR advises the municipality, citizens and artists on the realization, placement, relocation and remediation of public works of art.
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Art Office mediates, informs and supports visual artists from Rotterdam with regard to their professional practice. For artists, institutions and individuals.
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