WdKA / Art Rotterdam Week 2019

Feb 6 2019 Feb 10 2019

During the Art Rotterdam Week 2019, many exciting shows and events take place in our city. Our students, tutors and alumni are involved in many ways. Check out the (growing) list of events and shows below.

Show Off Gallery

6 February - 10 February
Van Nellefabriek, Van Nelleweg 1

During Art Rotterdam, 2019 Show Off is proud to present a duo-exhibition with works by Dutch artists Nazif Lopulissa (Illustration, 2017) and Naomi Mitsuko Makkelie.


6 February - 10 February
WORM, Boomgaardsstraat 71, free of charge

Tec Art is a festival for creative technology, part of Art Rotterdam Week, inside and outside, Witte de Withkwartier. Five days and nights of exhibitions, robotics, symposium, talks, techno-club night and parties. With international highlights and young talents from the intersections of art and science, exploring the fusion of infotech and biotech, from raging robotics to oral sex, to post-truth-digital-dictatorships and the end of liberalism. Among the participants our alumni (and the list is still growing!): Simone van Oosterhout, Jeanine Verloop, Nina Michailidou, Jochem WalboomersCaio VitaArthur Boer + Boris Smeenk, Ryan Cherewaty + Nadine Rotem-Stibbe, Jerry EstiéArmand Bakx. New this year: TEC ART Public Space, open-air pedestrian zone next to WORM: 500 m2 with an expo, live acts and installations!

The New Current

6 February - 10 February
Cruise Terminal Rotterdam, free of charge

The New Current is a platform for talented young artists that goes beyond solely presenting artworks and focuses on opening up the art world for a new generation. This edition takes place in the baggage hall of the Cruise Terminal and is free of charge. The full programme for this event.

The WdKA alumni participating in this edition are Donald Schenkel, Sabine van der Vooren, Kwinnie Le, Guus Voorham, Noortje Stortelder, Kamali van Bochove and Annabelle Binnerts (present student at Piet Zwart Institute).

Qade Solo Project

6 February - 10 February
Cruise Terminal, Wilhelminakade 699

Qade creates events focused on contemporary art and design and facilitates art dealers from all over the Netherlands. In February 2019 Qade presents Qade Solo Project. During this event, contemporary art & design will be represented by 25 galleries, each presenting two solo exhibitions. For details visit this project's Facebook page.


February 8
Maasboulevard 100

A pool full of possibilities – that is BlueCity. Housed in former subtropical swimming paradise Tropicana, right on the Maasboulevard, BlueCity is predominantly based on the principles of the blue economy. It’s a breeding ground for innovative startups striving for an economy without waste. Within the ecosystem of these social entrepreneurs, waste is, in fact, a valuable resource, where the output of one is the input for another. This way these entrepreneurs create a blueprint for the circular economy.

One of the entrepreneurs is BlueCity Lab’s Emma van der Leest, a Product Design alumnus (2015), bio designer and nominee for the 2019 Dolf Henkes Award. She has just returned from China, where, upon the invitation of the Chinese government, she spoke about packaging materials, and she was recently approached by Adidas and Birkenstock to contribute ideas towards the development of new materials. Van der Leest is ambitious and determined to push the so-called trend of the circular economy into the mainstream.

Want to attend a tour around BlueCity? You can, during the Art Rotterdam Week on Friday 8 February from 16:00 to 17:30 pm (be there at 15:50).
Please register at lab@bluecity.nl mentioning Rondleiding/Tour in the subject line. Only 30 people can attend the tour, so make sure to register on time.
Address: Maasboulevard 100, Rotterdam.

Open Studios Het Wilde Weten

Saturday, 9 February 2019, 12:00-20:00
Robert Fruinstraat 35, free of charge

The building that originally housed a Franciscan convent was converted into studios in the 90ties. Since then the artists’ run space Het Wilde Weten offers international artists the opportunity to live, work and present their work. The Open Studio is a unique opportunity to visit the current artists working space.

Welkom in the Open Studios of Jan Adriaans, Annette Behrens, Maud van den Beuken, Jeroen Bosch, Rachel Carey (PZI Master Fine Art, 2009), Priscila Fernandes (PZI  Master Fine Art, 2010), Robert Glas, Anouk Griffioen (Fine Art, 2002), Julien Grossmann, Carina Hesper, Marcha van den Hurk, Simon Kentgens (Coordinator Social Practices), Gerwin Luijendijk (PZI Master Fine Art, 2009), Sara Rajaei, Frank van der Salm (Audiovisual Design, 1992), Elian Somers, Koen Taselaar (Fine Art, 2008), Edward Clydesdale Thomson (PZI Master Fine Art, 2008) and Kristina Õllek. For details visit this event's Facebook page.

Open Studios Borgerstraat

February 8-10
Borgerstraat 24

A surprising programme with installations, artist talks, a brand-new publication and the chance to meet the artists of the Borgerstraat in their workshops. See the work of more than 40 artists in this three-day event. Studio Borgerstraat artists, including Johan Kleinjan, Peter Koole, Wilma Kun, Henriëtte Meijer, Ralph van Meijgaard, Julie Müller, Marc Müller, Astrid de Pauw, Niels Smits van Burgst, Heyer Thurnheer. Opening: Friday, February 8, 16:00 by Piet de Jonge, director of Charlois. Read the press release here.

Kunst & Complex Open Studios

February 8 -10, 13:00 – 19:00
Keileweg 26, free of charge

Don't miss your chance to visit 25 studios and meet the artists who belong to one of the oldest artists' initiatives in Rotterdam. The lis of participants, including our alumni: Marianne Fontein, V&B (Alex Jacobs en Ellemieke Schoenmaker), Jeroen Kuster, Charlotte Schleiffert, Niels Post, Barbara Witteveen, Joep van Lieshout, Olaf Mooij, Wilco Kwerreveld, Onno Poiesz, Tomas Schats, Ronald Glasbergen, Eveline Visser, Jan Hoes, Stefan Gross, Roy Vastenburg, Jozef van Rossum, Marit Shalem, Ludo Hoes, Petra van Noort, Lisa Blaauwbroek, Jason Terlouw, Koen Kloosterhuis, Rowan van As, Roland Spitzer & Amber Solo Gallery.

Prospects & Concepts, Young Talent curated by Mondriaan Fonds

February 7-10
Van Nelle Fabriek, Van Nelleweg 1, tickets

The seventh edition of Prospects and Concepts features the young promising artists, including our alumnus Benjamin Li. View the participant list and the full programme here.

Big And Plenty

February 7-10, 12:00-18:00
Keileweg 18 & 26, free of charge

AVL Mundo opens its doors during ART Rotterdam 2019 for BIG AND PLENTY, a group exhibition with plenty of big artworks from various artists. The Atelier Van Lieshout workshop will be open for visitors where artists Neo Image Matloga and Wouter Paijmans will show the works that they made during their residency at AVL Mundo. Sculptures of Atelier Van Lieshout will be on display at the studio and at Joep van Lieshout's private exhibition space. Other participating artists are Fraser Stewart, Susan Collis, Ade Darmawan, Vincent Ceraudo, Herman Nitsch, Ricardo Van Eyk and Faysal Mroueh. Last but not least, the work 'The right to right/wrong' from Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson will be permanently installed on the silo of the AVL Mundo premises, to be seen from the sculpture garden. For details visit this event's Facebook page.

Studios Open! Master Fine Art

February 9, 10:00-19:00
Karel Doormanhof 45, free of charge

Featuring Christine Ayo, Annabelle Binnerts, Antonia Brown, Jake Caleb, Teddy Coste, Jānis Dzirnieks, Jakob Forster, Josje Hattink, Olga Hohmann, Lili Huston-Herterich, Peter Horneland, Honey Jones-Hughes, Jamie Kane, Merve Kiliçer, Matheline Marmy, Lucía Bayón Mendoza, Lukas Meßner, Josie Perry, Petter Dahlström Persson, Marco Rizzardi, Bobby Sayers, Yanik Soland, Daphne Simons, Berglind Erna Tryggvadóttir.

The Master Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute-Willem de Kooning Academy is pleased to welcome you to its annual Studios Open, an occasion during Art Rotterdam week for visitors to experience the range of practices, realities, narratives, and dynamics the MFA program fosters in its studio “station,” the former St. Willibrordusschool building dating from 1907 in Rotterdam’s city center. You will have the occasion to meet and engage directly with a new generation of emerging international artists as well as the core MFA teaching staff. In addition to opening our doors to the public, the artists will be hosting a durational program full of surprises, with the possibility of performances, screenings, readings, auctions, radio programs, guided tours, and conversations throughout the day. Further details of this event.

OBJECT Rotterdam

February 8-10, 11:00 – 19;00
Vierhavensstraat 38-42, entrance fee

Our students, alumni and tutors participate in Object Rotterdam fair. A couple of highlights:

  • WdKA tutor Lizan Freijsen, shows her extensive research into stains translated into ceramics, textiles, an exhibition, a book and, most recently, a series of hand-woven carpets. More information about her work here.
  • Next to being a product designer, Jule Cats is a lyricist and singer. Inspired by the power of words, she translates stories into physical products. This way each one of her products tells its own story by its shapes and materials. Every piece is handmade and the outcome of a big range of material-experiments.
  • REM Atelier is a continuous, collaborative art and design project that started in 2015. The objects and installations created by artist Remty Elenga and designer Remco van Halderen are oftentimes an investigation into functionality and decor. An investigation into everyday objects, playfulness and spatial awareness characterize the work of REM Atelier. The works never merely serve to decorate a space. Rather they create an alternate space, subjecting the surroundings to the artwork.
  • Crystal Knots is a series of site-specific light installations by Isaac Monté. The shape of the light objects is inspired by the biological phenomenon of protein folding. With this project, Isaac continues his research for the boundaries of art and sciences and where these two subjects can possibly meet or serve each other.
  • Forever studio is driven by research, new developments and experiments. Forever is forever searching for unfamiliar combinations between autonomous and commercial design. They translate their concepts into a product, installation and spacious design.