press release

Final report of Art Rotterdam 2018

26,500 visitors at 19th edition of Art Rotterdam

The Art Fair Art Rotterdam that took place over the past four days, in the historical Van Nelle factory, was once again a major success. The 19th edition of this annual and dynamic presentation of the, mainly, young art, attracted 26,500 art lovers and professionals both domestic and international. As the centre of the Art Rotterdam Week, an annual four day Art event in the city, the fair once again exceeded the forecasts. Fons Hof: “The city was buzzing all week long during, for instance, the spectacular openings in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and De Kunsthal (The Art Hall) and during performances in Art Centre Witte de With".

Both domestic and international galleries were unanimous in their opinion about the sales: Again admirable results were achieved. Even during the first hour of the fair, Gallery Upstream sold an enormous painting of 3.40 meters high and 5.20 meters wide to a Belgian collector. Galerie Borzo sold 5 paintings and 17 works on paper, of the Dutch artist Koen Vermeule and in the video section Projections, the Paris gallery Dix9 sold two animations, consisting of 1,800 drawings of the Serbian artist Nemanja Nikolic to both a Swiss and a Dutch collector.

Fons Hof: “There is an increase of international interest for Art Rotterdam. There was a remarkable number of active foreign collectors this year”.

NN Group Award
During this 19th edition of Art Rotterdam the second conferment of the NN Group Award took place. Nominees for this contemporary art award were: Pauline Curnier Jardin, Main Section, Ellen de Bruijne Projects Amsterdam; Salim Bayri, Intersections, SIGN, project space Groningen; Sam Samiee, Main Section Redgallery Antwerp; Rafaël Rozendaal, video section Projections, Upstream Gallery Amsterdam. This year's winner, Pauline Curnier Jardin, received a cash prize of €10,000. In addition, insurer and investment manager NN Group purchased work from the oeuvre of one of the nominees, in favor of the corporate collection. This work will be given a place in the head office in The Hague.

About Art Rotterdam
Art Rotterdam is a renowned and surprisingly diverse art fair. Every year this event offers a platform to the latest developments in visual art. The focus is on young art, while the variety within the different sections, the relation with the City of Rotterdam, as well as the fascinating location give Art Rotterdam a unique appearance. For an increasing number of art lovers, Art Rotterdam is the attractive alternative within the international field of art fairs, while it attracts more visitors, domestic and international, every year.


Art Rotterdam 2018
Thursday, 08.02.2018 - Sunday, 11.02.2018

Wednesday, 07.02.2018
12.30 – 13.00 hrs Press Conference at Art Rotterdam Reflections Room
13.00 – 18.00 hrs Preview Art Rotterdam
18.00 – 22.00 hrs Opening Art Rotterdam
Location: Art Rotterdam: Van Nelle Factory | Van Nelleweg 1 | 3044 BC Rotterdam

The nineteenth edition of Art Rotterdam is once again located in the iconic Van Nellefabriek from Thursday 8 February to Sunday 11 February. And with a strong mission – just as the previous editions. Or, as formulated by director Fons Hof: “For a large group of art lovers, Art Rotterdam is becoming more and more the annual moment to seize the opportunity and obtain a magnificent work of art. We will do everything to create the right atmosphere to enable this. What we want is for people to go from one experience to the other during Art Rotterdam. Collectors should feel like they’re part of a large, dynamic culture!” An effective aid in this aim is undoubtedly the typical, characteristic presentation of Art Rotterdam which consists of a large variety of exhibition models.

Focus on young art in a varied concept

Art Rotterdam manages to increasingly stand out as a ‘curated fair’. With the exception of the Main Section, each section bears the imprint of a young and/or renowned curator.

New, this year, is the Commonities section, designed by Lorenzo Benedetti, curator of contemporary art at Kunstmuseum St.Gallen. In Commonities, Benedetti establishes links based on thematic and materiality between artists of various galleries present. Open Air, intended for the presentation of large scale works on the Van Nellefabriek terrain, is curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk, curator at The Office for Curating, Rotterdam. Suzanne Wallinga, co-founder and director of A Tale of a Tub, curates Intersections. The focus in this section, a platform for non-profit performance and installation art, is on the experiment.

Art Rotterdam Projections, curated by Martha Kirszenbaum, will dispose of a 700 m2 darkened room with a large number of videos on big, freestanding projection walls. Kirszenbaum, working in Los Angeles and Paris, is curator and publicist. Patrick Constantin Haas, curator at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, curates the New Art Section for young galleries which present solos by up-and-coming talent. In the Main Section, where some 70 national and international galleries have their stands, a space has also been reserved for dealers in post-war art and vintage photography.

For the sixth time, the Prospects & Concepts exhibition is located in the old distribution centre of the Van Nellefabriek. The enormous 2,500m2 space shows work by almost eighty visual artists who received a Stipendium for Emerging Artists from the Mondriaan Fund in 2016. Curator is Stijn Huijts, director of the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht. Commonities, Intersections, CitizenM Cinema and the fine-dining restaurant are located in the new Art Rotterdam pavilion.



Galerie A (NL) | AKINCI (NL) | ALBADA JELGERSMA Gallery (NL) | andriesse eyck galerie (NL) | (BE) | ASPN Galerie (DE) | Willem Baars Projects (NL) | Rod Barton (UK) | Base-Alpha Gallery (BE) | Vriend van Bavink (NL) | van den Berge (NL) | Francis Boeske Projects (NL) | BorzoGallery (NL) | Rutger Brandt Gallery (NL) | Galerie Caroline O'Breen (NL) | Ellen de Bruijne Projects (NL) | Les filles du calvaire (FR) | C&H gallery (NL) | Kristof De Clercq gallery (BE) | COSAR HMT (DE) | Marian Cramer Projects (NL) | l'étrangère (UK) | Galerie la Ferronnerie (FR) | Flatland Gallery (NL) | Annet Gelink Gallery (NL) | GNYP Gallery (DE) | GRIMM (NL) | Galerie Rianne Groen (NL) | Gerhard Hofland (NL) | Hopstreet Gallery (BE) | Galerie Iragui (RU) | Juliette Jongma (NL) | Roger Katwijk (NL) | Krokus (SK) | Martin Kudlek (DE) | Maurits van de Laar (NL) | RonLangArt (NL) | Wouter van Leeuwen (NL) | Livingstone gallery (NL) | Lumen Travo (NL) | Galerie Ron Mandos (NL) | mariondecannière (BE) | Kunsthandel Meijer (NL) | NOUVELLES IMAGES (NL) | Galerie Onrust (NL) | Ornis A. Gallery (NL) | Pablo's Birthday (USA) | PHOEBUS Rotterdam (NL) | Private View Gallery (IT) | Galerie Ramakers (NL) | The Ravestijn Gallery (NL) | (re)D. (BE) | Michel REIN (BE) | ROEHRS & BOETSCH (CH) | MIEKE VAN SCHAIJK (NL) | Barbara Seiler (CH) | SEXAUER (DE) | Slewe (NL) | Stigter Van Doesburg (NL) | Frank Taal (NL) | tegenboschvanvreden (NL) | TORCH (NL) | Upstream Gallery (NL) | Galerie VIVID (NL) | Galerie Wagner + Partner (DE) | Galerie Fons Welters (NL) | The White House Gallery (BE) | Galerie Zink (DE) | ZERP Galerie (NL) | Martin van Zomeren (NL)

galleria Acappella (IT) | NIR ALTMAN GALERIE (DE) | balzer projects (CH) | Billytown (NL) | C Ø P P E R F I E L D (UK) | Galerie Kai Erdmann (DE) | FOLD Gallery (UK) | HAWAII-LISBON (PT) | House of Egorn (DE) | JOEY RAMONE (NL) | KANT (DK) | Irène Laub Gallery (BE) | MADRAGOA (PT) | MARTINETZ (DE) | GALERIE EVA MEYER (FR) | Mini Galerie (NL) | Galerie Tobias Naehring (DE) | NOME (DE) | PLUS-ONE Gallery (BE) | The RYDER Projects (UK) | unttld contemporary (AT)

Ali Kazma – AKINCI (NL) | Juliette Blightman – Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi (DE) & Galerie Fons Welters (NL) | Dor Zlekha Levy – Braverman Gallery (IL) | Nemanja Nikolic – Galerie Dix9 (FR) | Jennifer West – Lundgren Gallery (ES) | Hans op de Beeck – Galerie Ron Mandos (NL) | Mamali Shafahi – Mohsen Gallery (IR) | Laure Prouvost – Galerie Nathalie Obadia (FR) / Carlier Gebauer (DE) / Lisson Gallery (UK) | Arno Nollen – Galerie Onrust (NL) | Slobodan Valentincic – P74 Gallery (SI) | Shezad Dawood – A Tale of a Tub (NL) | Rafaël Rozendaal - Upstream Gallery (NL)

Lieven Segers – Base Alpha Gallery (BE) | Ariane Loze – DASH (BE) | Henk Stallinga – Gerhard Hofland (NL) | Dan Walwin – Kunstfort Vijfhuizen (NL) | Maarten Bel – MILK (NL) | Shirin Mohammad - No Man's Art Gallery (NL) | Banz & Bowinkel – ROEHRS & BOETSCH (CH) | Salim Bayri – SIGN (NL) | Maze de Boer – Tijdelijk Museum (NL)

Loek Grootjans – C&H Gallery (NL) | Luuk Schröder – Rianne Groen (NL) | Kevin Bauer – Prospect & Concepts (NL) | Yair Callender – NEST (NL) | Bruno Zhu – La Plage (FR) | Maurice Meewisse – Joey Ramone (NL) | Anne de Vries – Martin van Zomeren (NL)

CINNNAMON (NL) | DOPPELGAENGER (IT) | galerie dudokdegroot (NL) | Division of Labour (UK) | Galerie Dix9 (FR) | Dürst Britt & Mayhew (NL) | Annie Gentils Gallery (BE) | Galerie Mathias Güntner (DE) | Kersgallery (NL) | Kisterem (HU) | Galerie Mazzoli (DE) | Daniel Marzona (DE) / Erik Nordenhake (SE) | THE MERCHANT HOUSE (NL) | PSM (DE) | Eduardo Secci Contemporary (IT) | Young Blood Gallery (NL) | Van Zijll Langhout / Contemporary Art (NL)