CBK Rotterdam

Center for Visual Arts Rotterdam

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CBK Rotterdam is the central address for art, artists and the public in the city of Rotterdam. With exhibitions, local and international art in public space, projects, commissions, contributions and investment schemes, we bring the visual arts, the city, artists and the public into contact with each other. We do this with our programs TENT, Sculpture International Rotterdam, BKOR and Art Office with the intention to jointly stimulate the artistic climate and the vital role of artists and visual arts for and in Rotterdam.

The story

With more than a thousand works of art and monuments in the outdoor space, around two thousand visual artists and countless museums, galleries and exhibition spaces, Rotterdam is a city of local, national and international visual art. A city where visual artists come into their own and a city that comes into its own partly thanks to the story the artists tell. CBK Rotterdam aims to record this story and to share it with the widest possible audience.


As a central address for visual arts, artists and the public, CBK Rotterdam develops activities to manage, develop and present visual arts in the city: exhibitions, local and international art in public spaces, art projects, assignments, contributions, investment schemes and information provision. The ultimate goal is to stimulate the art climate of the city and to bring the city, art, artists and the public into contact with each other.

The programs

The programs that were created - TENT, Sculpture International Rotterdam, BKOR and Art Office - each work on the objectives of CBK Rotterdam from a different angle and complement each other perfectly. The activities that the programs organize are therefore for a wide audience: visual artists working in Rotterdam, the residents and visitors of the city, students at the Willem de Kooning Academy, curators and organizers of large and small institutions, beginning and advanced art lovers.

Art Office

This 'art office' from CBK Rotterdam helps visual artists from Rotterdam develop optimally and increase their visibility in the city and online. More than 1400 artists are registered with Art Office. Art Office contributes to the professionalization of (starting) visual artists with financing arrangements, loans, artist-in-residence possibilities, small-scale assignments and information provision. After registration the artist can create a personal online page and present his own work on it.
More information: www.rotterdamsekunstenaars.nl

BKOR (Visual Arts & Public Space)

There is no city in the Netherlands with so much visual art in public space as Rotterdam. BKOR manages and renews the extensive city collection in collaboration with involved Rotterdam residents, companies and institutions. BKOR takes care of the management and maintenance of this collection and archives extensive information about the images. With SIR, BKOR organizes a number of activities to bring the images to the attention of a wide audience.
More information: www.bkor.nl

Sculpture International Rotterdam (SIR)

Sculpture International Rotterdam is concerned with the management and renewal of a unique international collection of images of more than 50 public works of art on the so-called main lines of the city. In addition, SIR annually compiles an extensive activity program with performances, films, temporary sculptures and research in the field of art in the public space of Rotterdam. With BKOR, SIR organizes a number of activities to bring the images to the attention of a wide audience.
More information: www.sculptureinternationalrotterdam.nl


The topicality of art from a Rotterdam perspective is central to TENT on Witte de Withstraat, where striking developments and innovative artists are seen in the context of Rotterdam. The exhibitions, openings and events are visited by a large group of visitors. TENT is a dynamic stage with national recognition and has a connecting role in the Rotterdam art sector. TENT aims to place contemporary art in a broader social and global perspective.
More information: www.tentrotterdam.nl

CBK Rotterdam endorses the Cultural Diversity Code and the Cultural Governace Code


Z-Files, Art and the City
BKOR and SIR work together intensively to strengthen and renew the Rotterdam public space. For example, they regularly organize 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 newspaper
BKOR and SIR publish a Z-Files newspaper together. The first edition of the Z-Files newspaper appeared in September 2014. From the introduction of CBK Rotterdam director Ove Lucas:
“BKOR and SIR are doing everything they can to constantly reinvent Art and the City. The city moves, the art moves with it. These two programs from CBK Rotterdam, each with its own unique character, make it possible to enrich the city at a high level and to deepen the activities of art in the public space. With the dynamic Z (from Zadkine) in the logo, Z-files, Art and the City stands for a program of reflections on the activities of BKOR and SIR. This newspaper is an example of that. ”


The CBK Rotterdam foundation was established in 1982. CBK Rotterdam set itself the goal of putting the visual arts on the map and supporting the artist in his professional practice. In particular through the implementation of the Visual Artists Regulation (BKR) and the Percentage Regulation. The Artotheek, which was already established in the 1970s, also ended up at CBK Rotterdam.

When the BKR ceased in 1987, it was replaced by individual artist grants, an exhibition space and a public art policy was further developed (BKOR).

The implementation of CBK Rotterdam changed, but the central task remained the stimulation of visual arts and the support of artists. Among other things by the start of a Rotterdam exhibition platform on the Nieuwe Binnenweg and later Villa Alckmaer. From 1999 this became TENT. TENT moved to Witte de Withstraat 50 and developed into the presentation place for contemporary Rotterdam art. On 1 January 2006, CBK Rotterdam - formerly a municipal branch of service - became independent as a foundation with a Supervisory Board. In 2013, CBK Rotterdam moved from Nieuwe Binnenweg to Eendrachtsstraat, and Sculpture International Rotterdam moved into the same building.

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.
To website TENT

Sculpture International Rotterdam manages the international sculpture collection of Rotterdam, brings it to the attention and develops a metropolitan international art policy.
To the SIR website

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.
To the BKOR website

Art Office mediates, informs and supports visual artists from Rotterdam with regard to their professional practice. For artists, institutions and individuals.
To the Art Office website