With a great deal of satisfaction we are looking back on our anniversary year – on our diverse programming, the experiments we engaged in, and the team all of us were a part of. We are extremely grateful to our many partners and patrons and are stepping into 2023 with confidence. On this page you can revisit a number of highlights from the past year. And be sure to download our colourful 2022 annual report!

Kunsthal 30 years

The milestone of the Kunsthal’s 30th anniversary was celebrated at various moments in 2022. At the end of September, the anniversary exhibition Tim Walker: Wonderful Things was festively opened with a Pink Carpet event for many national and international partners and guests. Both lovers of architecture and fans of LEGO were activated during the launch of our limited edition Kunsthal model construction kit. And in the last weekend of October we invited a wide and diverse audience to celebrate the versatility of the Kunsthal and be enchanted and amazed during It’s a Kind of Magic, a magical anniversary event that lasted thirty hours on end.

Tim Walker: Wonderful Things
Tim Walker: Wonderful Things
The opening of the anniversary exhibition Tim Walker: Wonderful Things is celebrated during a Pink Carpet event.
Pink Carpet opening
Pink Carpet opening
The opening of the anniversary exhibition Tim Walker: Wonderful Things is celebrated during a Pink Carpet event.
Pink Carpet opening
Pink Carpet opening
The opening of the anniversary exhibition Tim Walker: Wonderful Things is celebrated during a Pink Carpet event.
Tim Walker: Wonderful Things
Tim Walker: Wonderful Things
The opening of the anniversary exhibition Tim Walker: Wonderful Things
Kunsthal limited edition construction kit
Kunsthal limited edition construction kit
For the 30th anniversary, the Kunsthal is launching a limited edition construction kit for collectors and fans, designed entirely with LEGO® bricks.
Kunsthal limited edition construction kit
Kunsthal limited edition construction kit
The construction kit reflects all the architectural elements of the building, such as the steep ramp, high tower, dyke and roof garden.
Kunsthal LEGO® battle
Kunsthal LEGO® battle
Participants compete for the honor as well as one of the limited edition Kunsthal construction kits made of LEGO® bricks.
Kunsthal LEGO® battle
Kunsthal LEGO® battle
Participants compete for the honor as well as one of the limited edition Kunsthal construction kits made of LEGO® bricks.
Kunsthal LEGO® Battle
Kunsthal LEGO® Battle
Participants compete for the honor as well as one of the limited edition Kunsthal construction kits made of LEGO® bricks.
Kick-off 30 hours Kunsthal
Kick-off 30 hours Kunsthal
Kick-off 30 hours Kunsthal by illusionist Victor Mids: It’s a kind of Magic!
Metamorphosis Fashion Shoot
Metamorphosis Fashion Shoot
During 30 hours at the Kunsthal, visitors take a look behind the scenes of a fashion photoshoot, and choose their favourite styling, props, and sets to have a professional portrait taken by Studio De Wasserij. Made possible by our partner Nationale-Nederlanden.
Metamorphosis Fashion Shoot
Metamorphosis Fashion Shoot
During 30 hours at the Kunsthal, visitors take a look behind the scenes of a fashion photoshoot, and choose their favourite styling, props, and sets to have a professional portrait taken by Studio De Wasserij. Made possible by our partner Nationale-Nederlanden.
Metamorphosis Fashion Shoot
Metamorphosis Fashion Shoot
During 30 hours at the Kunsthal, visitors take a look behind the scenes of a fashion photoshoot, and choose their favourite styling, props, and sets to have a professional portrait taken by Studio De Wasserij. Made possible by our partner Nationale-Nederlanden.
Metamorphosis Fashion Shoot
Metamorphosis Fashion Shoot
During 30 hours at the Kunsthal, visitors take a look behind the scenes of a fashion photoshoot, and choose their favourite styling, props, and sets to have a professional portrait taken by Studio De Wasserij. Made possible by our partner Nationale-Nederlanden.
Metamorphosis Fashion Shoot
Metamorphosis Fashion Shoot
During 30 hours at the Kunsthal, visitors take a look behind the scenes of a fashion photoshoot, and choose their favourite styling, props, and sets to have a professional portrait taken by Studio De Wasserij. Made possible by our partner Nationale-Nederlanden.
Night Makers
Night Makers
During 30 hours Kunsthal visitors could join Funs ‘Funzig’ Janssen for a nocturnal illustration session.
Sleeping at the Kunsthal
Sleeping at the Kunsthal
The lucky winners of the sleeping at the Kunsthal campaign get to spend a night dreaming in the Wonderful Things exhibition.

Diverse programme

Embedded in the Kunsthal’s mission is the aim of introducing as wide and diverse an audience as possible to art and culture. We therefore find it important to present a programme that a wide range of people can identify with, and in which everyone can get involved. The high-contrast programme of exhibitions and events leads to interactions between the various audience groups. They all come together at the Kunsthal where they are introduced to each other’s opinions and backgrounds. We offered a stage for inspiring modern masters and contemporary artists, animators, young makers, dancers, and musicians. And we also put the spotlight on extraordinary communities and important international makers.

In the Black Fantastic
In the Black Fantastic
Guest curator Ekow Eshun brings the seductive, exuberant works of eleven contemporary artists from the African diaspora.
Calder Now
Calder Now
In our very own Kunsthal production Calder Now, the Kunsthal presented a career-spanning selection of works by Alexander Calder, accompanied by the work of ten leading contemporary artists.
Scapino Ballet Rotterdam & Calder Now
Scapino Ballet Rotterdam & Calder Now
Especially for the exhibition Calder Now, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam produced a new work. This led to a surprising encounter between the dance moves of Justin de Jager and the art by Alexander Calder. The first is a young choreographer, a pioneer of ‘threading’, a style of dancing rooted in breakdance
Tim Walker: Wonderful Things.
Tim Walker: Wonderful Things.
The immersive exhibition Wonderful Things celebrates Tim Walker's rich imaginative power. With the help of elaborate, and often surreal sets, his photographs guide the visitor into enchanted worlds.
Deep in Vogue
Deep in Vogue
After the lockdown, we successfully extended the exhibition Deep in Vogue, which offered an insight into the world of ballroom culture.
All you can Art
All you can Art
Visit by State Secretary Gunay Uslu to All you can Art.
All you can Art x Paulus Church
All you can Art x Paulus Church
The artist David Bade during service at the Paulus Church. An action painting session kicked off the special collaboration between All you can Art and Paulus Church participants.
Job, Joris & Marieke: A Triple Life
Job, Joris & Marieke: A Triple Life
Job, Joris & Marieke, the Netherlands’ best-known talents in the field of animation, presented their absurdist and humorous universe in the large HALL 1, including the experience Nobody.
Here We Are!
Here We Are!
With Here We Are! Women in Design 1900 – Today, the Kunsthal put the spotlight on over a hundred women designers.
“MAKING ART IS A HEALING EXPERIENCE. IT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO BE MORE THAN A PERSON WITH A PROBLEM. INSTEAD THEY CAN BE SOMEONE WITH TALENTS AND THE POTENTIAL TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION.”
Ranfar Kouwijzer, former pastor-director of the Paulus Church, speaking on the subject of All you can Art

The power of collaboration

Kunsthal Rotterdam would not be able to exist without local, national, and international collaborations. Download the annual report and check out the list of companies, sponsors, museums, relations, donors, lenders, artists, scientists, performers, makers, and many others who collaborated with the Kunsthal in 2022. Thanks to many committed partners we could also organise another inspiring Kunsthal LIVE programme in 2022: from Masterclasses, Tastemaker Tours and ArtCouples to Naked Tours and dance events during Kunsthal LIVE on Sunday.

Kunsthal LIVE On Sunday in collaboration with Right About Now Inc.
Roller Skate performance by Solid Ground Movement
Kunsthal LIVE On Sunday in collaboration with Right About Now Inc.
ArtCouples in the exhibition Here We Are
In collaboration with Rotterdam Heroes
ArtCouples in the exhibition Here We Are
Kunsthal LIVE On Sunday
Dancing at the Kunsthal with Salsability
Kunsthal LIVE On Sunday
Instituto Buena Bista Curaçao x Kunsthal Rotterdam
Instituto Buena Bista Curaçao x Kunsthal Rotterdam
Kunsthal LIVE: See you later, Illustrator!
In collaboration with poet Wessel Klootwijk and illustrator Yara Ruby
Kunsthal LIVE: See you later, Illustrator!
The Perfect Night in collaboration with Operator
The Perfect Night in collaboration with Operator
Workshop JOY in collaboration with visual artist Bas Kosters
Workshop JOY in collaboration with visual artist Bas Kosters
Rotterdam Pride Conference in collaboration with Rotterdam Pride
Rotterdam Pride Conference in collaboration with Rotterdam Pride
MBO Monday in collaboration with Albeda
MBO Monday in collaboration with Albeda
May month of Bees in collaboration with Odin
May month of Bees in collaboration with Odin
Pop up Tim Walker: Wonderful Things in collaboration with Dudok Rotterdam and The Dirt
Pop up Tim Walker: Wonderful Things in collaboration with Dudok Rotterdam and The Dirt

Facts & Figures

The Kunsthal in 2022 in a few figures. Download the 2022 annual report for more information.

177.000
Visitors in 11 months
32.360
Visitors under the age of 26
30%
New visitors
585.209
Online visitors on our website

Preview 2023

  • In 2023, the Kunsthal will of course also commemorate the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery. In collaboration with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and guest curator patricia kaersenhout, we will show how our colonial past continues to have an impact on the city of Rotterdam on the basis of objects from the collections of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and other Rotterdam museums.
  • During the summer, All you can Art – including its Summer School – will again take up residence in the Kunsthal and work with many partners in the city. 
Ai Weiwei. In Search of Humanity
Ai Weiwei. In Search of Humanity
Must see 2023! On 30 September, in attendance of the artist himself, the major retrospective exhibition of the world-famous Chinese activist and artist Ai Weiwei will open.
  • And last, but not least, thanks to VriendenLoterij we will be kicking off our new Friday Night Live events on Friday 20 October. For this latest development in the Kunsthal LIVE programme we will allow a partner in the city to take over the Kunsthal for one Friday night each month over the next three years.
Watch the video series with guest curator Ekow Eshun about In the Black Fantastic
Watch the video series with guest curator Ekow Eshun about In the Black Fantastic Lees meer
Read about the summer 2022 projects of the All you can Art artists here
Read about the summer 2022 projects of the All you can Art artists here Lees meer
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