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Rotterdam is a first-class city for contemporary art. Young and vibrant, the Netherlands’ second largest city is constantly adapting to the changing landscape of modern life and increasing urbanization. Unsurprisingly, that the city’s art scene mirrors this creative energy. There are many hidden gallery gems beneath the glittering skyline, each priding themselves on providing a fresh voice in the world of modern and postmodern artistry.
Despite being one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands, the contemporary collections at Boijmans Van Benuingen brings themore traditional exhibits to life. There are frequent temporary and rotating exhibitions introduced to revitalize the permanent collections, younger generation artists such as Olafur Eliasson moving the artistry of Holland’s Golden Age toward Rietfield furniture and modernist Dutch design, assessing the role of contemporary art in the everyday.
Bringing visual artistry bang up to date is the MAMA Showroom, exhibiting cutting edge visual presentation, focusing on cultivating and encouraging artists and audiences in the 16-26 age bracket. MAMA coordinate live events alongside exhibitions and talks on popular culture, as well as publishing multiple books and magazines on techniques and basic understanding of manipulating tape, audio and visual culture.
TENT exhibits the most recent examples of contemporary art in the Netherlands, displaying the finished pieces from the students at the Postgraduate Institute of the Willem de Kooning Academy. Addressing familiar issues in the post-modern age, such as the tension between a desire to stay connected and being so constantly connected so as to lose individuality, TENT harnesses the talent of brilliant young minds and offers them to the public.
TENT, Witte de Withstraat 50, 3012 BR Rotterdam, Netherlands, +31 10 413 5498
Cokkie Snoei’s unique gallery specializes in 20th century vintage photography and canvas works that spotlight both renowned and relatively unknown artists in equal measure. The delirium of works by Sands Murray-Wassink complement the neat sculptural creations of Tracey Snelling, who reduces the buildings and structures familiar with mankind to a microcosmic level. Cokkie Snoei strives towards the unusual and the provocative in both her own art and that which she chooses to display, resulting in her gallery space being amongst the most innovative and fresh in Rotterdam.
Cokkie Snoei, Mauritsweg 55, Rotterdam, Netherlands, +31 10 412 9274
Galerie Phoebus is a dynamic and effortlessly stylish space, with a large main gallery, projection rooms and additional exhibition space in the basement. In an attempt to keep the artworks stimulating and maintain the position of contemporary art as present and relevant in Rotterdam, Phoebus is liberal with commissioning lecture-series, informal discussions and even occasional excursions. While featuring a wealth of international artists, Phoebus champions art of the Netherlands, displaying the abstractions of Charl van Ark and the intensely patterned, almost optically illusionary works of Bernadette Beunk.
Galerie Phoebus, Eendrachtsweg 61, Rotterdam, Netherlands, +31 10 414 5151