1 November, 2017 10:00 - 4 November, 2017 17:00

Thanks to successful collaborations, in the course of 25 years the Kunsthal has developed to become one of the leading cultural institutions in the Netherlands – a dynamic and colourful magic box always presenting a surprising programme of its own. In appreciation of our collaborations, we are presenting a festive programme from 1 to 4 November. On Saturday 4 November we celebrate Friendship with EVERYONE who loves the Kunsthal. Come to the Kunsthal then, enjoy free admission, and discover all the advantages of being a Friend of the Kunsthal!

Wednesday 1 November: exclusive celebration

The climax of the festive full evening programme in the Kunsthal is an exclusive concert ‘Mens’ by Wende. Become a Bronze, Silver or Gold Friend of the Kunsthal now and receive an invitation for you and your partner to join us in celebrating this special evening.

Thursday 2 November: Rem Koolhaas Masterclass

On 2 November the spotlight is on the iconic architecture of the Kunsthal. The architect Rem Koolhaas gives an exclusive Masterclass for students and Friends of the Kunsthal. There is also a special architectural guided tour by UrbanGuides. More information on the Masterclass is found here

Friday 3 November: MASH-UP! WITH IFFR

On Friday evening the Kunsthal joins with the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in organising an XL edition of MASH-UP! A smashing party with a film première, the opportunity to visit the exhibitions ‘Paul Delvaux. Dream Master’ and ‘Cat Love. Nine lives in the arts’ by night, as well as live gigs and DJs. Tickets go on sale on Thursday 5 October from www.kunsthal.nl/tickets and www.iffr.nl/tickets

Saturday 4 November: Kunsthal celebrates Friendship!

On Saturday everyone is invited to experience what being a Friend of the Kunsthal means. All visitors will receive a warm welcome with FREE admission and a discount in the shop. Bring your best friends, meet new friends, and raise your glass with the Kunsthal team. Take part in special guided tours, enjoy performances, be surprised, and contribute to the joint ‘Confetti work of art’!


14.00 – 14.45 pm                

Join your friends in taking part in this exciting and lively quiz hosted by John Buijsman. There are terrific prizes to be won: the first prize is to be a Friend of the Kunsthal and a Friends Portrait made specially for you and your friends by Marie Cécile Thijs!


Take part in the big confetti work of art in Gallery 6. The showcase alongside the ramp has been entirely reserved for the collages of our visitors. Get stuck in, and have fun pasting away. Let's stick together!

Special tours (30 min)

11.00 hrs

Koen Vermeule Artist Koen Vermeule introduces his work in the exhibition 'Wanderlust'. 
12.00 hrs Inge Aanstoot Artist Inge Aanstoot talks about her experience with making a site-specific work in the Kunsthal.
13.00 hrs Marie Cécile Thijs Photographer Marie Cécile Thijs draws you into her world of cats in the exhibition 'Cat Love. Nine Lives in Art’.
13.00 hrs Kees Commijs In connection with the exhibition 'Birdmen' by photographer Zak Waters, Kees Commijs from Rotterdam talks about his passion for carrier pigeons.
14.00 hrs Koen Vermeule Artist Koen Vermeule introduces his work in the exhibition 'Wanderlust'. 
15.00 hrs Kees Moeliker Kees Moeliker, biologist and director of Het Natuurhistorisch Museum.
16.00 hrs Wim van Krimpen & Wim Pijbes     A tremendous winding up of the day with ‘The Two Wims Tour’: ex-directors Wim van Krimpen and Wim Pijbes present their personal view of the Kunsthal.

Prior reservation for the special tours at 25@kunsthal.nl. Please give your name and the time of the tour that you would like to attend. 

Kunsthal behind the scenes (20 min)

11.00 hrs Eva van Diggelen & Klaas Witsen Elias Curator Eva van Diggelen and registrar Klaas Witsen Elias take a look behind the scenes of the exhibition 'Paul Delvaux. Master of the Dream’.
12.00 hrs Charlotte van Lingen Senior curator Charlotte van Lingen talks about the photo exhibitions in the Kunsthal. 
13.00 hrs      Johan Gielen Johan Gielen is responsible for education and public in the Kunsthal. Are you curious about what this involves? Join in!
13.00 hrs Mariëtte Maaskant & Noortje Vrind Mariëtte Maaskant and Noortje Vrind take a look at the approach to marketing, PR and recruiting Kunsthal Friends.
14.00 hrs Waldemar Galama & Annemarie Nycolaas Head of productions Waldemar Galama and curator Annemarie Nycolaas show what goes into making an exhibition in the case of ‘Cat Love’. 
15.00 hrs Emily Ansenk & Herman van Karnebeek The last peep behind the scenes is conducted by the directors of the Kunsthal, Emily Ansenk and Herman van Karnebeek. Now is the time to ask what you've always wanted to know!


Start: 10.30 hrs, 11.30 hrs, 12.30 hrs, 13.30 hrs, 14.30 hrs, 15.30 hrs.


Start: 10.30 hrs, 11.30 hrs, 12.30 hrs, 13.30 hrs, 14.30 hrs, 15.30 hrs. 

You can book in the Kunsthal on the day itself for the peeps behind the scenes and the guided tours of Cat Love and Paul Delvaux.


11.30 - 12.00 hrs Performance by Charlotte Dommershausen (vocalist) and Stef Delbaere (guitar), students of Music Theatre and Pop at Codarts. 
13.00 - 13.15 hrs  Partner acrobatics by Charlie Hession (and partner, of course!), student of Circus Arts at Codarts. 
15.00 - 15.30 hrs Concert by the vocalist Amartey (Ghana) in the Auditorium in conjunction with Popronde Rotterdam.

Grooves by DJ Shug la Sheedah and Kunsthal house DJ Git Hyper between the performances.


Lotte Bovi and Brigitte van Hagen, accompanied by pianist Roderigo Robles de Medina, perform the cat duet by Rossini in the exhibition ‘Cat Love’.


Saturday 4 November is sponsored by the main sponsor ING.


SEE also

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With thanks to OMA / Rem Koolhaas. Photo: Fred Ernst
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MASH-UP! Poto: Bas Czerwinski