Esther Tielemans: Symmetry of supposed contradictions 2 / 2012 left: 217 x 192 x 138 cm acrylic and epoxy on plywood / right: 195 x 315 cm acrylic on plasterboard (studio wall). Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Ron Mandos, Amsterdam

New Section: Now/Forever

''Dare to take one step outside your comfort zone when purchasing a work that appeals to you''

Hester Alberdingk Thijm is passionate and engaged when she starts talking about young artists, creating exhibitions, studio visits and collecting art. The same is true concerning her position as director of the AkzoNobel Art Foundation, the corporate collection for which she has purchased some 1800 works by young and established international artists over the past 24 years. Or when she talks about the new section at Art Rotterdam: Now/Forever, where she curates the exhibition. The presentation space is a design by Tom Postma, a world-renowned exhibition architect. 'The starting point is to create a central place at the fair where works from different galleries are placed side by side and engage with each other and the viewer,' says Alberdingk Thijm. Of course, she has to make hard choices for the exhibition, and people will not be included, and she always finds that difficult. Leading criteria in the selection are topicality (Now) and a sustainable quality (Forever). She sees a clear parallel between her public exhibition space - the AkzoNobel Artspace - and Now/Forever. 'Connection', she says firmly, 'that's what it's all about. You also see that at Art Rotterdam, and that makes it a success. The connection between the artists, galleries, the museums and art institutions in the city, collectors and other art lovers.'

What would she like to say to beginning collectors? 'Above all, go to Prospects & Concepts, organized by the Mondrian Fund, the section of the fair with the youngest generation of promising artists. Speak to the artists there and talk about the works. Also dare to speak to gallery owners; they are there to give you an explanation. Know that there is such a thing as the Kunstkoopregeling (Art purchase scheme), the interest-free loan from the state that brings artworks within everyone's reach. Look, go on a voyage of discovery and then dare to take one step outside your comfort zone when purchasing a work that appeals to you. A work that you cannot immediately understand completely: that is what you will enjoy the longest', says Hester Alberdingk Thijm.

Welcome to Art Rotterdam 2019

Art Rotterdam celebrates its 20-year anniversary  READ MORE...




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New Art Section new style

Young artists in group presentation READ MORE...

Prospects & Concepts

For the seventh time, the Mondrian Fund presents promising artists in the exhibition Prospects & Concepts READ MORE...

Buying Art starts at GalleryViewer.com

GalleryViewer.com is the online portal of Art Rotterdam. 35 top Dutch galleries have joined forces and present their offering of artworks on the platform. You can filter by price range, media, museums and corporate collections. Read more...

Online Art Rotterdam catalogue at GalleryViewer.com

Starting January 18. Would you like to optimally prepare for the fair, or look back at your discoveries afterwards? You can, with the online Art Rotterdam catalogue Read more...

Presentation & complimentary breakfast at Young Blood Galler

A new initiative of Galerie Ron Mandos and Groos with young, ground-breaking artists. The very first exhibition can be seen during Art Rotterdam, with work by Mirjam Vreeswijk, among others. Read more...

Lecture: restoration architect Wessel de Jonge & tour of Van Nelle Factory

Organized by Museumtijdschrift. In 2014, the Van Nelle factory was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage. Discover the monumental and architectural aspects of this building during a lecture by restoration architect Wessel de Jonge and hear how this culmination of modernism has been given a successful new purpose. Read more...

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