International 2010 Archives
Maasvlakte, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
An artistic journey of discovery into the past, present and future of the Port of Rotterdam. Organized by SKOR (Foundation Art and Public Space) in cooperation with Port of Rotterdam Authority and Latitudes, Barcelona.
Portscapes is a series of newly commissioned art projects focusing on the construction of Maasvlakte 2, a massive land supplementation project in the North Sea, encompassing 2000 hectares. Ten (inter)national artists (and duo's) were invited to reflect on the port, its function and its expansion throughout 2009. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is exhibiting ten art projects that emerged from this process, in an eye-
The launch of Portscapes took place twelve months ago, early one Sunday morning on the virgin beaches of the Maasvlakte. The invited artists then also sought inspiration in the scale aand social, economic and ecological impact of the port area. Now in display at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is work by Lara Almarcegui (Spain/Netherlands), Bik Van der Pol (Netherlands), Jan Dibbets (Netherlandas), Marjolijn Dijkman (Neherlands), Bob Hamelijnck and Nienke Terpsma (Netherlands), Ilana Halperin (US/Scotland), Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller (Switzerland), Paulien Oltheten (Netherlands), Jorge Satorre (Mexico) and Hans Schabus (Austria).
It is unique for artists to be involved in a project like Maasvlakte 2, at such an early stage. The various works of art visualise the fascinating and massively proportioned world of the port of Rotterdam, and bring to life a new piece of land. In the exhibition, photographic and video works, slideshows, sound recording, collages and objects will be on display.
One of the objects in the exhibition is the small wooden boat on board of which Hans Schabus sailed into the port for his photograph Europahaven, Rotterdam, 17 juni 2009. The radio interviews with biologists, artists and writers broadcast over a three-
As well as the artists, the designers of the exhibition itself, Overtreders W, were inspired by the port. They have created semi-
Portscapes is accompanied by a joint publication by SKOR and the Port of Rotterdam Authority. This boxed publication designed by Ben Laloua/Didier Pascal, contains a 'cahier' with essays alongside diverse contributions by the artists.
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Exhibition 30 January -
Nienke Terspma and Rob Hamelijnck, container for the interviews, 2009
The small wooden boat on board of which Hans Schabus sailed into the port for his photograph Europahaven, Rotterdam, 17 juni 2009
On that occasion, with an excavator and camera, Jan Dibbets created a new version of his classic work of art 12 Hours Tide Object With Correction of Perspective (1969).