The Kids Are All Right
15 Years of Showroom MAMA

June 23, 2012 – Sept. 23, 2012 Deze tentoonstelling is afgelopen
Luuk Bode
The Kids Are All Right, 2012
This summer, the Kunsthal Rotterdam presents the exhibition The Kids Are All Right, Fifteen Years of Showroom MAMA. This Rotterdam-based platform for visual culture examines the border between visual art and popular culture, and serves as a home basis for the youngest generation of image makers, artists and general public.

This cooperation between MAMA and the Kunsthal, both in Rotterdam, has created a new platform for young national and international artists and designers that have been realising their pioneering and exciting ideas at MAMA since 1997. The Kids Are All Right offers a delightful kaleidoscope of artistic expressions concentrated around five themes from the history of MAMA, including comics, street art, artists' collectives, public participation and graphic design.

The Kids Are All Right

Showroom MAMA is founded in 1997 by Boris van Berkum. As the first art institution in the Netherlands to do so, MAMA has been offering up-and-coming artists, performers, designers and youngsters from the graffiti and skateboard scene the opportunity to develop their talents and take their first steps as artists. Together with work by 75B designers from the 1990s, the Flyer'dam project in 2007 and more recently Abner Preis, Wayne Horse, Antistrot and Koen Taselaar, the exhibition includes countless artists who have made their name both nationally and internationally thanks to MAMA. It will also show work by well-known artists such as Shepard Fairey, Jemima Brown & Dolly, street artist Miss Van, and by rising stars such as Rafäel Rozendaal and Tala Madani, who recently won the 2012 Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs (Volkskrant Art Award). Maurer United Architects, who began their career at MAMA in 2000, are currently working on a special exhibition design that will present MAMA's highlights and milestones.

Talent Development

Developing talent plays an important role in the cooperation between Showroom MAMA and the Kunsthal. MAMA always involves ‘Rookies', young volunteers between 16 and 26 years of age, in its activities so as to provide them with work experience in the field of culture. A team of Rookies has been formed and put into contact with staff from the Kunsthal especially for the exhibition The Kids Are All Right. These Rookies are helping with various aspects of the exhibition such as research, communication, education and setup. They will also be supervising the various public activities during the exhibition.

Clay Dee Day

Visitors of all ages can take part in Clay Dee Day, a previously highly successful MAMA project. On Clay Dee Day, everyone participates in creating a large, clay miniature landscape that can include all kinds of creations from figures to cars, from phantoms to dinosaurs, and from hamburgers to palm trees. A selection of the resulting artworks from this colourful clay landscape will be presented for viewing online. 

Participating artists a.o.:            

75 B, Antistrot, Asgar/Gabriel, Arno Coenen, Johan Boer, Jemima Brown, Dogs of $hame, Nare Eloyan, Shepard Fairy, Gyz la Rivière en Fleur Kolk, Risk Hazekamp, Wayne Horse, Humobisten, Tala Madani, Stephan Marx, MSLM, Jan van Nuenen, O.O.N.A., Adriaan van der Ploeg, Abner Preis, Rafaël Rozendaal, Hidde van Schie, Mariusz Tarkawian, Koen Taselaar, Ryan Trecartin, Miss Van, Ola Vasiljeva, Jasmijn Visser, Vrienden van Lee, Martin C. de Waal, Philippe van Wolputte and Yasumasa Yonehara.

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Antistrot, Untitled, 2005


In addition to the exhibition, Showroom MAMA is publishing a book in honour of its 15th anniversary. The book will provide insight into the dynamics and approach used by MAMA over the years, and will contain an exciting overview that does justice to MAMA's infamous past as well as taking a glimpse into the future. 


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Rafaël Rozendaal, Self portrait on Sunset Boulevard, 2007
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Martin C. de Waal, Untitled, 2001
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Asgar&Gabriel, Bones and All, 2008-09