Fri 9 Feb
11:00 - 13:00
Exclusive for students

Masterclass Melanie Bonajo

In collaboration with the Willem de Kooning Academy, Kunsthal Rotterdam presents a series of masterclasses – exclusively for students and Kunsthal Friends – by exceptional artists. After the inspiring series of masterclasses in 2017, with artists such as photographer Peter Lindbergh, photographer and artist Erwin Olaf, choreographer Conny Janssen and the famous architect Rem Koolhaas, it is now Dutch artist Melanie Bonajo’s turn. Bonajo is one of the four nominees of the Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2017.

During the masterclass on Friday 9 February, Melanie Bonajo will address her working methods and artistic practice, followed by a discussion between the artist and students from different art academies.
This masterclass will be held in English.
After the masterclass the participants will have an opportunity to visit the exhibition ‘Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2017’ at the Kunsthal.


Participation in this masterclass is exclusively reserved for students and Kunsthal Friends. 


  • Students of the Willem de Kooning Academy (upon showing a valid WdKA student card) and young people up to and including the age of 17: free admission
  • CJP and students up to and including the age of 26: € 7,00


Can we send 'funny' animal videos into space for aliens to discover the Earth’s ecosystem?
Melanie Bonajo

This and other questions are the ones that Bonajo investigates for the second part of her trilogy, Progress vs. Sunsets (2017), which examines the extinction or endangerment of vulnerable groups through the neo-liberal thought that (economic) science is able to transform society into something ‘better’.

Progress vs. Sunsets is part of the exhibition ‘Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2017’ at the Kunsthal Rotterdam, in collaboration with the Mondriaan Fund.

Melanie Bonajo

Melanie Bonajo (Heerlen, 1978) lives and works in Amsterdam. She studied at the Rietveld Academy and was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and the ISCP in New York. Her work consists of films, performances related to how technological advances and commodity-based pleasures increase feelings of alienation while removing a sense of belonging in an individual.

Kunsthal Friends

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Kunsthal Masterclasses

For 2018 the Kunsthal has programmed another outstanding series of masterclasses by artists surrounding exhibitions such as ‘Hyperrealism Sculpture’, Viktor&Rolf. Fashion Artist 25 Years’ and Action <-> Reaction. 100 Years of Kinetic Art’.
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The series of masterclasses 2018 is made possible thanks to a contribution from the VSB Fund.

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Melanie Bonajo, Progress vs. Sunsets, installation, 2017
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MelanMelanie Bonajo, Progress vs. Sunsets, 2017. Photo: Bas Czerwinski
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Melanie Bonajo. Photo: Bas Czerwinski

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