April 20, 2015

Win tickets for the Kunsthal in Rotterdam

Filed under: Art by Orangemaster @ 12:19 pm


Roomed.nl is giving away three pairs of tickets to the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, which is currently featuring many ‘freaky spring’ exhibitions, including ‘Your Light is My Life’ by Czech artist Krištof Kintera, running until 7 June.

Kintera’s solo exhibition is said to be full of irony, mixed with slapstick and dark humour, as well as some political statements. His sculptures and installations can move, communicate, are dysfunctional, and sometimes just plain absurd.

Also on the menu are the exhibitions ‘200 years of the Kingdom of the Netherlands’, ‘The Furry Adventures of the Cabbit and the Folk’ and enough art to make your visit complete.

(Link: roomed.nl, Photo of Kunsthal by kleiobird/Jaap Vogel, some rights reserved)

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January 26, 2013

Art thieves wanted to burn Monet, Picasso

Filed under: Art by Branko Collin @ 11:49 am

The thieves that stole seven paintings from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam last October considered burning the art, Rheinische Post reports.

The German newspaper says that Romanian detectives overheard a phone conversation in which the suspects discussed getting rid of the paintings. The suspects were unable to find buyers and presumably wanted to clear any traces that would lead to them.

It is not known whether the suspects managed to put their plan into action. Romanian broadcaster Antenna 3 claimed that two of the seven paintings had been found, but Dutch police was unable to confirm this, NRC reports. Last Monday three suspects were arrested in Bucharest.

The Kunsthal theft made headlines because the security system was laughably easy to break. The entire theft took no more than two minutes, Business Week reported back then.

The missing paintings are;

  • Tête d’Arlequin by Pablo Picasso.
  • Waterloo Bridge, London by Claude Monet.
  • Charing Cross Bridge, London by Claude Monet.
  • La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune by Henri Matisse.
  • Femme Devant une Fenêtre Ouverte, dite la Fiancée by Paul Gauguin
  • Autoportrait by Meyer de Haan.
  • Woman with Eyes Closed by Lucian Freud.

(Illustration: Charing Cross Bridge by Claude Monet. Source: politie.nl)

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October 23, 2012

Major art theft in Rotterdam was ‘state of the art’ easy

Filed under: Art by Orangemaster @ 2:12 pm

By now the art world has heard of the seven works of art stolen from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam on 16 October, which included works by Picasso, Monet, Henri Matisse, Paul Gauguin, Lucian Freud and Meyer de Haan. It took the thieves just two minutes to get the paintings and drive off.

Although they might have had some inside help, the thieves simply made sure that a piece of plastic was jammed between the doorpost and the door, making it look like the door was also locked. Normally, the doors are electronically locked until the alarm is deactivated. Once the alarm is activated, the doors unlock.

Insert face palm.

Earlier this year two visitors were stuck in the museum after closing time because security guards had not noticed them. The room they were in was the same room as the one were the paintings were stolen. The visitors left through the emergency exit, and it took the guards 10 minutes to notice it.

Museum director Emily Ansenk claiming the system is ‘state of the art’ in the media sounds like a communist quoting the party line. Dutch news site NOS qualified her statement as ‘utter nonsense’ . To make things even more embarrassing, the Kunsthal has placed large flower pots around the museum so no one can easily park a getaway car right outside it.

To quote an art restorer friend of mine: “I can sleep soundly at night knowing that the Netherlands’ cultural property is now being protected by flower pots.”

(Links: www.nrc.nl, www.businessweek.com, Photo of locked door by boetter, some rights reserved)

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November 10, 2008

Bureaucratica – the power of bureaucrats

Filed under: General,Photography by Orangemaster @ 11:01 am

Yes, it’s been on for a while, but the current exhibition Bureaucratica, quoted by The Wall Street Journal as “a surprisingly compassionate view of the ways in which individuals inevitably resist all efforts to impose one single standard of behavior,” is on display at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam until 14 December 2008.

The exhibition features the work of photographer Jan Banning who photographed bureaucrats from countries such as India, France, Liberia, the US, and Russia from 2003 to 2007.

(Link: kunsthal.nl, via spunk.nl, photo Jan Banning)

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