All you can art - David Bade & Tirzo Martha
Instituto Buena Bista Curaçao comes to Rotterdam

June 4, 2016 – Aug. 21, 2016 This exhibition has ended
Curaçao meets Rotterdam! Kunsthal Rotterdam celebrates the tenth anniversary of Instituto Buena Bista (IBB), a preliminary training institute and venue for contemporary art on Curaçao, with a surprising summer exhibition and workshop for promising young artists.

The exhibition presents work (in progress) by the founding fathers of IBB, David Bade and Tirzo Martha, as well as by other international artists from the IBB collection. The sculptures, drawings and paintings of David Bade (1970, Willemstad, Curaçao) comment on society in a highly imaginative, raw style that is often spiked with a generous dose of humour. Tirzo Martha (1965, Willemstad, Curaçao) shows several of his politically and socially engaged installations and paintings that reflect the delicate balance and inequality of Curaçao society. Besides works by Bade, Martha and former artists in residence including Domenico Mangano, Marieke van Rooy, Maartje Korstanje and Honoré d’O, there is also work by IBB graduates and clients of the Capriles psychiatric clinic.

Contemporary and modern art from Curaçao

Works by contemporary and modern artists that are related to Curaçao have been selected for ‘All you can Art’ in collaboration with IBB. The themes covered range from the colonial past, religion and nature to the socio-political situation, such as Tony Monsanto’s seven-metre canvas ‘Dante and Fanon into Hell’ (2011) and a sculpture by Yubi Kirindongo. There are several paintings by Chris and Lucila Engels, who laid the foundations of modern art on Curaçao. Artists like Charles Eyk and Dolf Henkes have drawn inspiration from Caribbean culture to make work that tells the story of the development of art on Curaçao.

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Het beeld dat nog gemaakt moet worden, 2007, David Bade


The workshop, an integral part of the exhibition, offers promising young talents six weeks (from 12 July till 19 August) of training and supervision by artists according to the time-hallowed model of master-apprentice. Well-known Dutch and international artists such as David Bade, Tirzo Martha, Maartje Korstanje, Honoré d’O, Elspeth Diederix and Ronald Cornelissen will develop new work, and teach or restore existing work. A part of the programme is formed by ‘extra murors’ / ‘outgoing’ projects with which the students acquire experience in working on specific locations, as well as classes in art history and cultural analysis and the possibility of taking part in the Summer Carnival. The public can follow the activities all the time as well as take part in certain parts of the programme.

Carnival float for Rotterdam Summer Carnaval 2016

Curaçao and Rotterdam share an important tradition with the annual carnival. One of the assignments for the young artists is taking part in the Rotterdam Summer Carnival (Saturday 30 July 216). Together with TENT Rotterdam and the organiser DUCOS an artistic carnival float will be made in the Kunsthal under the supervision of the artists Bart Stuart, Klaar van der Lippe and Mette Sterre.

Uproot Rotterdam, the pop-up sculpture park in the Museumpark

In collaboration with Sculpture International Rotterdam and BKOR (CBK Rotterdam programmes), David Bade and Tirzo Martha together with other participants will create a new work for ‘Uproot Rotterdam’, the pop-up sculpture park in the Museumpark, For more information about Uproot, go to

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The Difference Between Me and Black, 2014, Tirzo Martha


Various ‘All you can Art’ activities have been organised for the summer including lectures, master classes, film afternoons and workshops by artists involved in the Summer School. The public and special groups are invited to contribute to the artistic carnival float for the Rotterdam Summer Carnival.

Save the dates!

Friday 10 June: ‘All you can Art’ takes to the roof with a Masterclass by Tirzo Martha for the public during the Rotterdam Roof Days.
Friday 17 June: 15.00-17.00 hrs: ThinkTank about art education
Sunday 19 June and Sunday 10 July: 13.00-17.00 hrs: Filmprogramme Curaçao
Thursday 18 August: 15.00-17.00 hrs: ThinkTank about art as social practise
Saturday 30 July: Summer Carnival Street Parade with the ‘All you can Art’ carnival float in collaboration with TENT.
Sunday 21 August: Finissage ‘All you can Art’ with the results of the Summer School and new works

IBB Graduates 2012

IBB, the number one playground for art with a focus on development and encounter

The Instituto Buena Bista (IBB) was established in 2006 as a centre for contemporary art on Curaçao run by the artists David Bade (Curaçao, 1970) and Tirzo Martha (Curaçao, 1965) and has secured a unique place in the international art world. The IBB is a preliminary training institute that scouts young talent on the island, trains them and prepare them for the appropriate follow-up training in the creative field. IBB is located on Curaçao on the site of the active psychiatric institute Klinika Capriles where patients, students, amateurs and artists mingle with one another. The result is incidental and planned forms of cooperation. The IBB also provides three artist in residence workshops in which Dutch and international guest artists teach young artists, carry out their own projects, and – as a condition – always leave a work created on the island for the multi-faceted collection of the IBB. By now some forty young artists who have trained in the centre have commenced a follow-up training course. They owe their admission to the support of the IBB and their strong portfolios.

All you can Art is a follow-up to projects in which the Kunsthal explores new forms of presentation and encourages public participation such as ‘do it (Kunsthal Rotterdam’ and ‘Kunsthal MaakMee’.

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All you can Art, Kunsthal Rotterdam
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Tula Lubida Korsou, Tirzo Martha
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