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Melanchotopia: Temporary public interventions in Rotterdam. 3 September – 27 November 2011

Melanchotopia is an exhibition organised by Witte de With, the center for contemporary art in Rotterdam, exploring the tension between melancholy and utopia. Over forty international artists will work with different venues in the city-centre of Rotterdam – places where people live and work – to activate their potential as spaces for ideas, discourse and invention.

Melanchotopia is about the reality of Rotterdam, with a range of artistic practices that go beyond the classical approach to displaying art in public space. From large-scale interventions to very simple gestures, the intention is to bring forward the diverse layers of daily life in Rotterdam, working with the existing dynamics of the city to create a rich framework for subjective encounters.

The projects, spread throughout Rotterdam’s centre, will be brought together via a graphic mapping and an exhibition guide with a Melanchotopia map. Witte de With’s galleries will be the epicentre with informationbookshop and auditorium and a programme of lectures and artist talks plus guided tours, art encounters and an audio tour.

Artists: Saâdane Afif, Harold Ancart, Danaï Anesiadou, Sven Augustijnen, Dirk Bell, Michael Beutler, Guillaume Bijl, Pierre Bismuth, Monica Bonvicini, George van Dam, Thea Djordjadze, Olivier Foulon, Murray Gaylard, Filip Gilissen, Adam Gillam, Arnoud Holleman, International Festival, Leon Kahane, Erik van Lieshout, Minouk Lim, Sarah Morris, Alex Morrison, Kate Newby, Ricardo Okaranza, Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Nina Pohl, Tomo Savić-Gecan, Markus Schinwald, Slavs and Tatars, Tobias Spichtig, Nasrin Tabatabai & Babak Afrassiabi, Zin Taylor, Harald Thys & Jos De Gruyter, Octavian Trauttmansdorff, Kostis Velonis, Lidwien van de Ven, Peter Wächtler, Lawrence Weiner.

Locations: Beurs WTC, Bilderberg Parkhotel, Delftse Poort, Hartman Binnenhuisadviseurs, Holland Casino, KBS Willibrord school, Manhattan Hotel, Museum Rotterdam, Pathé Schouwburgplein, Pauluskerk, Robeco, Rotterdam Centraal Station, R.S.V. Sanctus Laurentius, SPAR Supermarket, Stadswinkel, VVV Info Rotterdam, Weenink Bedrijfskleding, Wereldmuseum, amongst others…

Curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen and Anne-Claire Schmitz;
Assistant curators: Thomas Cuckle, Amira Gad, Fabian Schoeneich and Sam Sterckx.

3 September – 27 November 2011. Opening: Friday 2 September 2011. 2 p.m. till late

Witte de With, center for contemporary art, Witte de Withstraat 50, 3012 BR Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Image: The Melanchotopia logo is a hybrid composition of Witte de With’s own cloud by Gerard Hadders (Hard Werken) and the Melanchotopia-rain of Sarah Morris, arranged by Markus Weisbeck (Surface).


About jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space


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