Vertebrate paleontologist Jelle Reumer talks about the fossils that could be found in this work by Wotruba.


The New Institute

Z-files XL: the unique art collection of Rotterdam

Z-Files XL: the unique art collection of Rotterdam
Sunday 19 June, 13:30 PM - 17:30 PM (walk-in from 13:XNUMX PM)
Location: auditorium Het Nieuwe Instituut
Free entrance, tickets can be ordered here: During this afternoon, if space is available, passers-by can walk in at the start of each event. The program can be read at the entrance of Het Nieuwe Instituut.

In collaboration with Jeroen Boomgaard of the Lectorate Art & Public Space (LAPS), Sculpture International Rotterdam (SIR) and BKOR (both programs of CBK Rotterdam) are organizing an extra long edition of the Z-Files, about works of art in the Rotterdam street scene. Various Rotterdammers with a special view on the phenomenon of art have been asked to speak about 'their' work of art in public space. Part two of these will take place on Sunday 21 August Z-Files XL place: five Rotterdam-based artists and storytellers are developing their own guided tours, one of which will perhaps lead past dozens of works of art, and the other perhaps one hour will reflect on one piece of art; one guide will walk, the other will approach the art by bicycle, metro or boat.

While Z-Files XL eight Rotterdammers tell about an artwork of their choice in Rotterdam: Maziar Afrassiabi (founder and director of Rib Art Space); Nicky Assmann (artist); Nathalie Hearts (director of MAMA); Raoul de Jong (writer); Ernest van der Kwast (writer and program maker); Ine Lamers (visual artist), Jelle Reumer (paleontologist and publicist), Sjoerd Westbroek (artist and educator). They each have their own approach: Ernest van der Kwast, for example, pays tribute to the neglected 'Naum Gabo' at the Bijenkorf, Raoul de Jong speaks about the famous bronze Fikkie on the Oude Binnenweg, Ine Lamers speaks about the art of failure in the artwork of Job Koelewijn in the water of the Westersingel, and Jelle Reumer discusses the fossil structures in the limestone of the Wotruba and talks about fossil sea lilies in the pedestals along the Westersingel. The afternoon is presented by Jeroen Boomgaard (LAPS) and opened by Guus Beumer (director of the New Institute) and Dees Linders (artistic leader SIR).

The lectures of approximately 15 minutes are alternated with a compilation of videos about the placement and relocation, making and demolition of works of art in Rotterdam, including images of the triumphal procession through the city of Rotterdam. Santa Claus, the transport of the 'Anteater' from Calder to Düsseldorf, the lessons to the 'Sorry' city caller by Elmgreen & Dragset and the restoration of The apples from Kees Franse.

The unique art collection of Rotterdam
The art collection of the city of Rotterdam is not only extensive, but especially of unprecedented high and special quality. The origin of this Rotterdam art collection is in the reconstruction period. Visual art was in high demand, artworks had to provide universal symbols that gave comfort and strength in times of despair and a city in ruins. The start of this quirky collection was made with three figureheads of the city: The destroyed city by Ossip Zadkine (1953), the untitled sculpture by Naum Gabo for the Bijenkorf (1957), and the brick relief (Wall Relief no 1., 1955) by Henry Moore.

Z-Files, Art and the City
BKOR en Sculpture International Rotterdam are programs from CBK Rotterdam. They work closely together to strengthen and renew the public space in Rotterdam. This is how they organize regularly Z-Files about art and the city in which art, public space and the city are addressed through lectures, presentations and excursions. The aim of the program is to bring attention to the special collection of artworks in the public space of Rotterdam and to highlight current developments in the city.

Z-Files XL takes place in the context of CBK Rotterdam Celebrates Art and the City, a program with which CBK Rotterdam 75 celebrates reconstruction of the city. The program is part of Rotterdam is celebrating the city!.