On Thursday 1 November 2012, the Kunsthal Rotterdam will exist exactly twenty years. The Kunsthal, a design by Rem Koolhaas, has been an architectural icon since its establishment. In honour of this occassion,the Kunsthal treats her audience to a spectacular festival including a grand exhibition program and a vibrant cultural program. Two contemporary art exhibitions of excellence are on show: ‘Maillol' and ‘Avant-gardes. The collection of the Triton Foundation'. Also on show are the exhibitions 'MuseumMinutes', on new forms of presenting art, and the exhibition 'Hurrah! 20 yearsKunstHAL' which dives into the memorable history of the Kunsthal. Here, visitors are invited to share personal stories and memories of the Kunsthal via webcams and in writing.
Cultural program Friday 2 and Sunday 4 November
In honour of her birthday, the Kunsthal organises a vibrant cultural weekend in which poetry, theater, music, circus, film, dance and visual arts join forces to create cultural cross-overs. 'Rotterdammers' such as Conny Janssen Dances, Youth Theatre Hofplein, Independent Theatre (OT), Codarts Rotterdam International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Foundation for Arts Education Rotterdam (SKVR), and (young) talent provide special performances or workshop in one of the exhibition halls. Poets readout poetry among the icons of twentieth-century art in the exhibition 'Avant-gardes'. The sculptures by Aristide Maillol create a background for theater and dance. Dance school Cuartito Azul surprises visitors with passionate tango and spectacular circus acts taking place at unexpected sites in the building. With great regularity, beginner's workshops in painting and sculpting are organised with live models.
On Friday night, the auditorium will be converted into a cinema in which the IFFR presents an exciting preview. Saturday will bring back memories from phenomenal Museum Nights with performances by Wende, Charlie Dee and Eric Vloeimans & Gatecrash. On Sunday, Youth Theatre Hofplein performs a winter fairytale and renowned storyteller Frank Groothof presents a special children's play 'Peer Gynt' on the same day. The Kunsthalcafé is opened the entire weekend and provides various snacks and drinks.
Kunsthal XX years is made possible by: