24 June, 2023 - 29 October, 2023

The exhibition Acknowledge Rebuild does not only invites you to look, but also to taste, discover and participate! As part of the exhibition, various activities have been organized, from lectures to tours, and more. Check out the program here.

Lecture Cynthia McLeod 

Saturday 24 June 11.00 - 12.00 hrs
Renowned Surinamese writer and historian Cynthia McLeod, known for her novel 'The Cost of Sugar' will give a (Dutch spoken) lecture about the slavery past of Suriname and the Netherlands, what exactly happened and how this could have taken place. The lecture provides a unique perspective on the events of the slavery past and the impact of slavery on Surinamese and Dutch society. The language of the lecture is Dutch. Learn more and book your ticket here!

Free Heri Heri for All

Saturday 1 July 12.00 - 14.00 hrs
With Keti Koti, we annually celebrate the abolition of slavery on July 1, 1863. In collaboration with TENT, Kunstinstituut Melly, and Cool aan de Gang, we invite everyone to participate and enjoy a free Heri Heri meal on-site or for takeout. Heri Heri is a Surinamese dish that originated from what remained on the plantation and was cultivated and consumed by enslaved people. Read more here.

Rebuild LAB

24 June t/m 24 September
Your voice counts! At the Rebuild LAB, we invite you to speak out for a better future for all. Make your voice heard and create your own protest sign. You can find the Rebuild LAB in HALL 3 from 24 June to 3 September, from 4 September the Rebuild LAB will be moved to the KunsthalLAB until 24 September. Read more here.


Various dates
Discover the hidden traces of colonialism and slavery in the interiors of eighteenth-century Rotterdam's elite in the Schielandshuis. Experience these guided tours, provided by Museum Rotterdam curators, exclusively for Kunsthal visitors. Read more here

Sunday 16 July

12.00 - 12.45 hrs, 13.00 - 13.45 hrs, 14.30 - 15.15 hrs

Wednesday 9 August
(sold out)

12.00 - 12.45 hrs, 13.00 - 13.45 hrs, 14.30 - 15.15 hrs

Sunday 3 September

12.00 - 12.45 hrs, 13.00 - 13.45 hrs, 14.30 - 15.15 hrs

Wednesday 27 September

12.00 - 12.45 hrs, 13.00 - 13.45 hrs, 14.30 - 15.15 hrs

Sunday 22 October

12.00 - 12.45 hrs, 13.00 - 13.45 hrs, 14.30 - 15.15 hrs

Register here for a guided tour


On Tuesday 12 September the new edition of KunstKoppels (ArtCouples) will be dedicated to Acknowledge Rebuild. During KunstKoppels you will meet someone in the Kunsthal who is completely new and unknown to you. Someone from another generation, or with a different background or lifestyle. Read more here and book your ticket.

Discover more

In collaboration with Diaspora Wellhouse and The Indo Café, the Kunsthal is organizing several events to engage, learn, connect, acknowledge and rebuild together. Program, dates and times to follow soon at kunsthal.nl/activities

Activities Acknowledge Rebuild
sa 24 June Lecture Cynthia McLeod
sa 1 July Free Heri Heri for all
24 June t/m 24 September  Rebuild LAB
su 16 July Guided tours Schielandshuis
wed 9 August Guided tours Schielandshuis
su 3 September Guided tours Schielandshuis
tue 12 September KunstKoppels (ArtCouples)
wed 27 September Guided tours Schielandshuis
su 22 October Guided tours Schielandshuis
su 15 October Afrovibes
fri 20 October Friday Night Live
6. Gauri Malhoe, Protestbord Black Lives Matter, 2020, (c) Courtesy of the artist en Museum Rotterdam_LR.jpg
Gauri Malhoe, Protestbord of actiebord Black Lives Matter: “COLONIAL HISTORY / IS DUTCH HISTORY / EDUCATE THE PEOPLE!”, 2020 © Courtesy of the artist and Museum Rotterdam


Sunday 15 October
Afrovibes Festival takes over the Kunsthal Auditorium with a program full of dance, music, performance, art and fashion from South and East Africa and the African diaspora in the Netherlands.

Friday Night Live

Friday 20 October
On 20 October 2023, the Kunsthal will launch Friday Night Live, an evening-long lively program that will offer the stage once a month to an organization in the city. Every third Friday of the month, a partner will take over the Kunsthal and present a stimulating program to start your weekend off right. The first edition will be hosted by House of Knowledge, with whom the Kunsthal previously collaborated during Museumnacht010.

1. Roy Lichtenstein, Crying girl, 1963, Collectie Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Creditline fotograaf Studio Tromp_LR.jpg
Roy Lichtenstein, Crying Girl, 1963, MB 1965/29 (PK), Collectie Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, foto Studio Tromp


Friday open until 22:00
On 15 December - during Friday Night LIVE - the Kunsthal will be open in the evening.
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