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Sat 13 December

Route du Nord presents Art Sale

Under the heading of Route du Nord Presents… this renowned cultural festival organizes a very special edition. There will be a special art exhibition / sale with artists who have previously already exhibited at Route du Nord. Applications are pouring in and it promises to be a pretty diverse collection of arts. This is the time for art lovers to purchase a work of art which will be for sale at reasonable prices.

Sat 22 November

Nieuwkomers presents Dominic Brown

‘Nieuwkomers presents’ invites young emerging artists for exhibitions and performances. So you can meet up and coming artists before the rest of the world does.

Sun 30 November

Live music inspired by artworks | semifinal Art Rocks

Singer-songwriters, hip-hop acts, jazz musicians and poprockbands: come and enjoy the performances of ten of the best contestants of the Art Rocks music competion. A surprising Sunday afternoon event full of music and good old friends like Dali, Mondriaan and Rodin. And you can help decide who makes it to the final on 16 January at the Groninger Museum during Eurosonic Noorderslag! Special guest: Akwasi

Sun 23 November

Workshop photomontage for Kids

Feel free to join the full of fun photomontage workshop with your kid(s), under the guidance of none other than Rotterdam based artist Evelien de Jong!

Fri 28 November

OFF Rotterdam - Expo

On November 28th photographer Marcel Kollen will open his exhibition based on the photobook OFF ROTTERDAM in Posse espressobar. A photo document in black and white of the current music scene.

Sat 06 December

Symposium: Hybrid Ecologies and Audiences Today

Taking Dutch born, Beijing based curator/dealer/art historian/artist/translator/publisher Hans van Dijk (1946-2002), currently the subject of Witte de With’s exhibition Dai Hanzhi: 5000 Artists, as a point of departure, this symposium will investigate what happens when cultural sector divisions—such as public/private, commercial/non-for-profit, academic/non-academic and so forth—bleed.

Mon 03 November

Czech Fateful Dates

The Czech Centre Rotterdam invites you to the photo exhibition ‘Czech Fateful Dates’, which focuses on the years 1945, 1968, 1969 and 1989. These years are crucial in the turbulent Czech history of the 20th century (the liberation after German occupation, the rise and the fall of the Prague Spring and the Velvet Revolution).

Thu 27 November

Masterclass: The Social Botany Project

Noted Chinese artist Xu Tan (Wuhan, 1957) will give an exclusive Master Class at Witte de With. Xu Tan began his career as a member of the well-known Guangzhou-based ‘Big Tail Elephant Group’. Powerfully and intelligently, Xu’s work calls for contemporary art to engage with social reality in our time, addressing urban, political, economic and cultural issues.

Wed 03 December

drink&draw session 4

First Wednesday of every month, drink&draw is a way to express one’s artistic urges, meet cool people, listen to good music and drink beverages!

Sun 23 November

ArtBrunch 3: Exquisite Corpses with Amy Wu

For this edition of ArtBrunch we will be doing the usual brunch activities like eating pancakes and drinking bloody marys, but this time with a twist. We will be playing the surrealist game of exquisite corpse*!

Fri 14 November

PrintRoom’s Pick from the NY Art Book Fair 2014

PrintRoom presents a selection of books and new acquisitions from the New York Art Book Fair 2014, enhanced by a programme of presentations by Art Book

Sat 15 November

The Research Centre for Practicing Nature

On November 15th at 19.00h you are warmly welcome to join us at Upominki for the launch of The Research Centre for Practicing Nature

A collaborative project and an exhibition by Sanne van Gent and Johanna Weissenriede



Opening Exposition “All About Books”, Hans Wap

Saturday November 22nd, between 03:30 PM and 05:00 PM, the opening of the exposition “All About Books” of visual artist and poet Hans Wap, will take place at Studio de Bakkerij. Location: Bergweg 283, Rotterdam.

With this opening several pieces of art will be introduced by Hans Wap himself and also two other poets: Jana Beranova and Rien Vroegindeweij. The art pieces that Hans Wap exhibits in Studio de Bakkerij are paintings that each will tell you a story regarding a certain book. Mr. Wap is an all-round artist, who works according to different techniques. His poems are being used as content for several anthologies and magazines. Not only has Mr. Wap benefit the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam by making the decoration for this play; he also designed the chair coating and the window drawings of a Dutch train.

His most recent work is called “SCHROOT”, which is a collection of 32 black and white linoleums. This collection consists out of pieces regarding car graveyards, car-wracks and landscapes that have been affected by tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes and floods. SCHROOT will make its first appearance as a book in November 2014. Thirty poets have designed poems, which have been added to the book. The exposition “All About Books” is available till February 8th 2015, in Studio de Bakkerij. Free Entrance.

Tue 25 November

BNO Romeo Delta & IMG LAB present: DATA BAAS

Big data, small data. Infographics and data visualizations. Algorithms. Megabytes, gigabytes, terabytes, Counting from one to zero and back. Secret lifes of plants. Data translates into beautiful images. Who is the Data Boss of the evening?

Thu 13 November

Breaking the Bank II: Art, value and the Global Economy

We will discuss the role of the arts, artists, institutions and the market with Georgina Adam, David Batty, Bill Balaskas, Edo Dijksterhuis and Nat Muller. We will follow the money, track the markets, sniff out actors and agents, map out pockets of compliance and resistance, and debate how value in the arts is to be critically (re)viewed and articulated in a more expanded form.

Sun 16 November

Book Launch David Maroto

On Sunday November 16th at 15:00, artist David Maroto’s new gamebook – The Wheel of Fortune – will be presented.

Sat 08 November

LIEKE SNELLEN - Home Builders and New Homes

JOEY RAMONE is pleased to present the 1st solo exhibition in the gallery of Dutch artist Lieke Snellen. The show will run till Saturday, December 13th.

Thu 20 November

Symposium Redesigning Business

An event focusing on creative disciplines and new social business models.

In today’s economy, new business models are emerging rapidly. ‘Redesigning Business’ focuses on, and questions, developments in business models resulting from creative thinking. Can entrepreneurs, designers and artists such as yourself really make a change?

Fri 31 October

Cocktail Evening at Kunsthal

Join a Cocktail Evening and visit the exhibition Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style while enjoying a cocktail.

Fri 28 November

Museé des Possibilités

A museum is in its classical notion an institution in service of the audience, besides the collecting and caring for objects while researching and exhibiting them. These objects are usually of scientific, artistic, cultural or historical value. Contemporary artists and curators broke down the historical notion of the museum as a temple of knowledge by showing temporary artworks, bringing politics within the walls or organising social events as artworks.