Free for all

Free for all Enjoy art without having to pay a cent. On Fridays, hip art institutions in and around the Witte de Withstraat welcome the public to their exhibition spaces free of charge. Words: Evelien Baks Good food, bars and shops aren’t the only things on offer in Rotterdam’s coolest quarter. There’s art to be…

Erasmus

Erasmus, a scholarly hero Erasmus. As one of Rotterdam’s most famous historic entities, his name turns up everywhere. Who was this well-travelled sage who stands immortalised in bronze with his nose in a book in front of the Laurenskerk? A majestic figure in a loose-fitting coat with an impressive collar, hair swept under a medieval…

Paul Delvaux

The wondrous world of Paul Delvaux The mystical world of Paul Delvaux is now on show at the Kunsthal. Naked women, moaning skeletons, classical settings: the Belgian painter juxtaposes all these elements in his incongruous, provocative artworks. Paul Delvaux (1897-1994) is known as the master of the dream. It is a great title for an…

Museum Rotterdam

Vrouwen van Rotterdam (Women from Rotterdam) – until 1 October Many women got stuck in and helped with the rebuild of the city in the years following WWII. Vrouwen van Rotterdam is an ode to all those staunch women who did their bit. Who were they? Museum Rotterdam – Rodezand 26

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Gek van Surrealisme (Crazy from Surrealism) – until 28 May Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Max Ernst, Joan Miro … famous surrealist artists brought together in a wonderful fantasy-world exhibition called Gek van Surrealisme. A unique display with hundreds of the craziest best works sourced from private collections and the museum’s treasure vault. From Dali’s fire-red…

Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe The seminally talented photographer from New York’s roaring eighties American photographer and artist Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) would have felt right at home in Rotterdam today. A city with edge, just like his work. See it at the Kunsthal… EVELIEN BAKS Robert Mapplethorpe was quite a guy. Gaining prominence during the exciting 70s and…