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Wed 03 September

Lecture: The Great Departure - Contemporary Art in China in the 1980’s and early 1990’s

Artist and curator Andreas Schmid will talk about the making of the seminal exhibition China Avant-Garde, which he curated together with Hans van Dijk and Jochen Noth in 1993, and which travelled from Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt to the Rotterdam Kunsthal and other venues in Europe.

Fri 19 September

Lecture of Paul Noble

Because of his successful exhibition NOBSON in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, artist Paul Noble is coming to Rotterdam to give a lecture about his work.

Thu 04 September

The Value of Nothing

In five new projects, a group exhibition, Fieldwork Residencies, and an in-depth public program, Rotterdam and international artists reflect on our current economies and value systems.

Thu 04 September

Dai Hanzhi: 5000 Artists

Our newest exhibition is Dai Hanzhi: 5000 Artists, which tells the story of the Dutch Curator, archivist and art dealer Hans van Dijk. A man that is not well-known in the Netherlands, but who gained much recognition in the Chinese art world.

Fri 29 August

1001 Inventions

From street lantern to fountain pen and from scalpel to perfume; numerous objects that we use on a daily basis, but of which we do not know that they originated in the century-old Muslim civilization.

Sat 23 August


The House of ABABA proudly presents their first collaboration with The Next Closet, Nicuma and Petra Reijrink with a pop-up weekend in the gallery at Witte de WIthstraat 7 in Rotterdam.

At this exclusive shopping weekend you can hand in your designer items and gold jewelry to give them a new life. The Next Closet also brings their most unique designer items for you to buy!

Feel invited and hand in your designer goodies or come shop around for some serious art, fashion and glam!

Date: 23 - 24 August

Time: 12.00-18.00 hrs.

Sun 31 August

Unveiling the Jazzportrait by Peter Pontiac

Sunday 31st of August at 16:00 a new portrait of one of Rotterdam’s Jazz musicians will be unveiled: ‘Louis de Vries’, painted by ‘Peter Pontiac’.

Thu 04 September

Opening: Dai Hanzhi: 5000 Artists

Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition dedicated to the life and work of Dutchman Hans van Dijk (1946 – 2002). Dai Hanzhi: 5000 Artists outlines his seminal role in Chinese contemporary art.

Sun 24 August

Finissage Sculpturesque Jokes

Finissage of Sculpturesque Jokes, an exhibition of works on paper by Vicente Fita Botet. The artist will be present.

Sat 30 August

5 ½ Proposals to Work and Live in the Current Millennium


Fri 29 August

5 ½ Proposals to Live and Work in the Current Millennium


Sat 13 September

The Accidental Perfection of Nature

In search of the blurred line between results of natural processes and human activities, Sanne van Gent shows an often absurd hybrid world; half culture, half nature.

Wed 03 September

drink&draw @ SingerSweatSop

drink&draw is a way to express one’s artistic urges, meet cool people, listen to good music and drink! People coming to the event are required to bring their drawing materials (sorry no painters!) and we provide the model, music and cheap beverages.

Fri 05 September

Expedition Noordereiland all about the Rotterdam inland navigation

Expedition Noordereiland is a photography and cultural event about the Rotterdam harbor and inland navigation. The event takes place at the same time as the well-known WorldHarborDays (or WereldHavenDagen) and the theme is ‘inland navigation’.

Sun 10 August

IMAGO Photour Camera world premiere

From 10 – 31 August, ‘self-portraits’ will be the central theme at De Rotterdam building.
A unique mobile camera called ‘IMAGO Photour Camera’, is making its world premiere and will be on display for the first time in this iconic building. At three meters high and eight meters long, it is the world’s only ‘walk-in camera’ that produces life-sized portraits.

Sun 24 August

Gig ‘Lucy, not the whore’ at Finnisage Melting Point

Finnisage Melting Point - summerexhibition
Melting Point is a group-exhibition. In different disciplines and from different perspectives the participating artists show the process of ‘transformation’.

Mon 11 August

Summerclasses Flamencodancing

Summerclasses Flamenco for beginners to advanced level.

Wed 06 August

Bling Bling Roti & Schultenbräu MET Eduard Breuking & Marieke Meijer

Let us say cheers to fakeness and self pity with Bling Bling Roti & Schultenbräu MET: Eduard Breuking & Marieke Meijer. These artist will serve you blingalicious Roti together with the fanciest beer in town: Schultenbräu all while giving you a healthy dose of art talk!

Wed 30 July

PAEkort #14

Performance Art Event Series in Rotterdam. Performances by Tim Tiedemann (DE) and Sabine Oosterlynck (BE). Screening of Performance Voyage 4 (FI) and work of Carlos Salazar Lermont (VE). Catering by Cateringa & Kompanen (NL). A donation is welcome!

Sat 23 August

Workshop Portrait of a Stranger by Rik Moonen

Learn how to make a portret of a total stranger by going on a adventure on the Afrikaandermarket. Rik Moonen teaches you al the tips&trics!