This summer the buildings on the Keileweg are buzzing and teeming with artists participating in the major Rotterdam group exhibition: Wild Summer of Art. At Brutus, this dynamic group exhibition changes from time to time.
Wild Summer of Art combines the rut of the new roaring twenties with the brooding excitement of holiday love and the freshness of a bottom-up artist initiative. This exhibition shows recent work by up-and-coming talent, mid-career makers, and established names from region 010. This exhibition shows where Rotterdam art is and where it is going. It is the artistic thermometer between the buttocks of a feverishly working city.
The group exhibition changes from time to time. There will be a grand opening on 1 July for part one and part two opens on 6 August. It all ends September 4 with a special finissage. The exhibition is free of charge from July 1 to July 30 and from August 7 to August 28 from Thursday to Sunday. Not entirely unimportant: the art is for sale! And the entire amount goes to the artist.
The location of Wild Summer of Art is unique in its raw appearance. The former industrial site where Brutus is located comprises unsophisticated indoor and outdoor spaces. In this artist’s playground, participants can go all out.
Dynamic multi-headed monster
The composition of Wild Summer of Art is in the hands of a curatorial team led by Piet de Jonge, (former curator of the Van Abbemuseum, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and Museum Kröller-Müller), in collaboration with Jessy Koeiman (curator of the Melly Art Institute) and Liesbeth Bik (visual artist and curator).
Piet de Jonge: “We are enthusiastic about the varied selection made by the scouts. Different techniques, materials, formats and disciplines come into the exhibition. Young and old are present and the diversity of the city is reflected. There are students from the Piet Zwart Institute and Willem de Kooning Academy, but also from Instituto Buena Bista. It will be a wild summer full of art.” In total, more than 150 Rotterdam artists will present their work.
Sanne ten Brink (director Brutus) says: “Brutus is putting Rotterdam artists in the spotlight this summer. It’s going to be big!” And Joep van Lieshout concludes: “This exhibition shows the dynamic multi-headed monster of Rotterdam’s talent.”