|Opening Klaas Kloosterboer at Submarine Wharf Rotterdam (7.6.2013)|
at Submarine Wharf - 'XXXL Painting'
The 5000m2 Submarine Wharf opens its doors this weekend for the fourth consecutive summer. This year's partnership between the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has resulted in the exhibition 'XXXL Painting'. Three internationally renowned artists transform the 1930s wharf in the Rotterdam docklands into an enormous artists' studio with immense artworks.
Klaas Kloosterboer (NL, 1959), Jim Shaw (USA, 1952) and Chris Martin (USA, 1954) think on a grand scale. The artworks in this edition consist of objects, installations and paintings, some as large as a badminton court. This 'Battle of the Titans' shows that painting is still a vital force to be reckoned with.
East Coast, West Coast, North Sea Coast
Klaas Kloosterboer, 'the bomber', lives and works in Amsterdam. He has installed a rail on the ceiling of the Submarine Wharf's long hall, which slowly conveys existing and new works through the space amidst an installation of static works and video images, providing constantly changing vistas. Some of Kloosterboer's brightly coloured canvases are as large as 40m2. Chris Martin, 'the savage painter', lives and works in New York. Martin presents his work in the enormous front hall of the Submarine Wharf. Eighteen existing works are exhibited alongside three canvases painted in situ, two of which are approx. 130m2. Martin is fascinated by the relationship between the insignificant and the grandiose, between man and the universe. He makes paintings that seem abstract from a distance but which contain all sorts of details. Jim Shaw, 'the storyteller', lives and works in Los Angeles. In the rear portion of the Submarine Wharf, Shaw has built a labyrinth of paintings on old theatre backdrops. His stories make us reconsider the inventions that we call 'reality'.
On Friday 7 June the museum is organising a symposium about the three painters. The speakers include Elodie Evers of the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Laurence Sillars from BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and Camiel van Winkel (art historian). Els Hoek and Sjarel Ex, the curators of the exhibition, will give an introduction and moderate the discussion. Followed by an exclusive preview of the exhibition. Information and reservations via: www.boijmans.nl
For more information on the opening, please visit:
13101 (carrousel), 2013. (Installation exhibition: 'XXXL' Painting)
photo: Ernst Moritz.
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