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Kunsthal Rotterdam

Today Francien and I paid our first visit to the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. Outside, I was greeted by cute bunnies by Tom Claassen. The entrance is a bit unwelcoming, trough a roofed alleyway you enter a tiny hallway where the ticketbooth is located. From there you walk into a light auditorium trough which you can get to some of the exhibition spaces.To get to the museumcafé (which is pricey but fine, we tested it ;-) ) you have to go outdoors. The Kunsthal only seems to show exhibitions, of which we saw no less than seven.


Education space where you can make your own watercreature from paper

Avant-gardes
Avant-gardes shows works from the late 19th century - now, owned by the Triton Foundation. I don't closely look at every work in an exhibition comprised of modern art. But when I was walking about, stopping at works that caught my interest (aesthetically, or because I recognized the style of a school or artist), I noticed that visiting modern art museums is slowly starting to pay off: I'm recognizing more and getting familiar with more artists and styles. The information on the textsigns in the exhibition was minimal, but there was a booklet for visitors who wanted more information, although not every work is mentioned in it. The paintings are hung on white and grey walls, there's not a lot of space between them. There were works (mostly paintings but also other objects) by many different artists, like Alexander Calder, Vincent van Gogh, Ai Wei Wei, Magritte...

Hurray! 20 years KunstHAL
The Kunsthal is celebrating its 20 year aniversary with an exhibition that shows figures and facts about those twenty years, exhibition posters and other things about all their exhibitions. There are photobooths decorated by students of the Willem de Kooning academy where you can listen to news coverage and radio adds of exhibitions, practise opening an exhibition by cutting a ribbon, give your opinion or leave a message. These added a playful interactive element to the exhibition.


Practising opening an exhibition

Museum Minutes
This was the exhibition that made us decide to visit the Kunsthal. It is stated that museum visitors spend an average of only nine seconds looking at each work of art. And this average might take extreme types like me into account, it's not uncommon for me to spend fifteen minutes or more looking at a piece of medieval artwork. The exhibition tries to tempt people to spend more time looking at a work of art. They have tried to do that by placing treadmills and chairs in front of artworks. To that, they've added audio trough headphones, like music, fiction being read, performance poetry, people talking about how to look at art, relaxing excersises, information about art, etc.. The time you spent with the artwork is measured. Fun, while it's a novelty. The downside of it is that a set-up like this won't work well with a large amount of visitors, it was rather quiet in the room and still I had to wait my turn for several minutes at some point. I liked being able to sit down in front of an artwork, standing still is somewhat painfull for me due to my FM so this way I could focus better. The zen-meditation ('let your mind melt in the back of your head') made me spent over six minutes with a work I would usually have passed by after a glance of less than the average nive seconds. A fun interactive exhibition, in which we spent quite some time, in comparison to the modest scale of it. We had expected there to be more methods to try to engage visitors for a longer period of time. I imagine variations of what was there, like a rocking chair or a stationary bicycle. And other ideas pop into my head: a monocular placed in front of a painting, to invite people to pay attention to details. Thin curtains to allow a more private engagement with a work of art to make it easier to experience emotions (this would make guarding the works difficult though). Lightspots changing position, alternately lighting the work as a whole and details of it. A short list of questions for grabs that asks questions about the artwork you are looking at, helping you to look more closely so you can answer them, much like the brochures museums sell for kids. What can you come up with?


On the right: Axel and Helena van der Kraan Wachtende man (Waiting man).
Next to it: a titleless work by Rob van Koningsbrugge.


David Bade Het Paaldanseresje


Georg Baselitz Das Motiv: Der Hund

Merry Christmas - Laure Vasconi
Photo's of American homes decorated with christmas lights. Made me think of a house in our neighbourhood that has a lot of decoration every other year. People go there to see it, the owners place a box to collect money for a good cause.

Wound-up little animals
A small exhibition of tin ubercuteness. Funny pinguins, ducklins, a big-eyed crocodile with wheels...

Maillol
An exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Maillol, of whom I had never heard before. Lots of naked women. I liked his sculptures better than his paintings. There's little info on the signs. The walls are painted cream, the floor is grey. There's lots of space between the works and quite a lot of light. At the end of the hall there's the surprise of a large window on street-level. Around a corner we encountered a table where kids are making clay sculptures. I like that, being able to make the connextion between looking at art and making art, putting that inspiration into action immediately! What I liked best about this exhibition are the quotes on the walls, I'm not sure if I could share some here because of copyright.

Photos in this post taken by me and Francien

Geplaatst op 11-01-2013.
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