Rotterdam events: art exhibitions and new hotspots to visit

12th April 2017, Comments 0 comments

This list of Rotterdam events will take to you the trendiest and happening places in Rotterdam.

Robert Mapplethorpe

Kunsthal Rotterdam presents a retrospective of the life and work of Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989). More than 200 objects shed new light on his preferred genres: portraits, self-portraits, nudes and still lives. The Kunsthal is the only European venue which presents this special exhibition, organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.The exhibition 'Robert Mapplethorpe, a perfectionist' will be showing from 22 April to 27 August 2017.


Nederlands Fotomuseum, 20 May–27 August 2017

ETNOMANIE is an exhibition about style and is the work of guest curator and style profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek. It is a light-hearted nod not only to Rotterdam, an ‘ethnomaniac’ multicultural city in which some 180 different nationalities live together, but also to the eclectic fashions of tribal hipsters, zen vagabonds, floral crossdressers and fashionistas everywhere. The Rotterdam stylist selected 400 photographs from the Nederlands Fotomuseum’s renowned World Collection of ethnographic photographs.


Kunsthal Rotterdam presents a small, intimate, fan-driven exhibition entitled Prince LOVE LIVE, in tribute to the musician who died a year ago, on 21 April 2016. Prince LOVE LIVE is about the fans’ love of Prince and their memories of his life shows in the Netherlands. Personal stories and memorabilia contributed by many loyal fans are at the heart of the show. The exhibition will be shown from 13 May to 10 September 2017.

Sebastião Salgado: Genesis

The Nederlands Fotomuseum is bringing the successful photo project Genesis to the Netherlands. Genesis is the magnum opus of world-famous Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. In creating Genesis, Salgado visited more than forty countries and went on more than 30 journeys. The result is a series of 250 photographs of nature, animals and people. Geneses can be seen in the Nederlands Fotomuseum from 15 June to 17 September 2017.

Urban Art Guesthouse: De Hofboog

Would you like to sleep beneath the archways of an old railway? Now is your chance: you can spend the night in a national historic building, Rijksmonument De Hofbogen in Rotterdam North. The new B&B De Hofboog opened in early March. In the archways below the former Hofplein railway overpass, you’ll find trendy coffee bars, restaurants and design boutiques. Urban Art Guesthouse De Hofboog caters to creative professionals: upon arrival, the B&B guests receive a canvas on which they can paint their experiences.

New bar: Sjatzi

In the premises that once housed Mon Cheri, the famous nightclub with its erotic dancers, Rotterdam’s latest bar opened its doors: Sjatzi. The renovated interior with its pink mirrors and neon sculptures gives a nod and a wink to the building’s history. Pole dancers grace the bar in the weekend, while local DJs provide the tunes. Sjatzi serves a selection of German beers, Russian vodka, cocktail, and various kinds of caviar. The bar is open seven days a week from 4pm on.

Pinxtos bar: PIX

Rotterdam now boasts a new pintxos bar: PIX recently opened its doors on Pannekoekstraat. The display case on the bar is well-stocked with Spanish snacks that patrons can sample in a self-service setting. PIX serve Spanish beers and sangria. The building that once housed the Level cocktail bar has been completely renovated; the interior is light, with an open kitchen and graffiti-covered walls.


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