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Poetry + Art Gallery Tour - NORTH

Starts: 13:30
Ends: 16:00
Location: Ro Foyer, Ro Theater

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The tour starts at 13:30, you will depart from festival location Ro Theater at the William Boothlaan. You will explore different galleries in Rotterdam, on a (rental) bike and with a guide by your side. At some galleries festival poets or spoken word artists of the 010 Says it All fringe festival will read poems. During this route you will visit the following galleries and poets:

Showroom MAMA – Mae Yway (Myanmar)
Studio de Bakkerij
Galerie Untitled
Goethe-Institut Rotterdam 
Kunsthal – Melanin Kris (Surinam)
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art

The Poetry + Art Gallery Tour is free, however it is advised to reserve as there is a limited amount of places and rental bikes. You can make a reservation via the red button above labelled "Order tickets".


Showroom MAMA
WALLPAPER – 21st April to 19th June 2017

With the invention of Tumblr's reblog button and Instagram's like button, the online sharing of works of art has become easier than ever. The question remains how modern-day artists can overcome the fleeting nature of social media and claim their place in the IRL art world. MAMA and Art Baby Gallery launch the open-call project WALLPAPER, that claims physical space for young artists who live online.

MAMA is a platform for visual culture at the interface between the visual arts and popular image culture. MAMA functions as a home base for the latest generation of artists, art professionals and art lovers. Website Showroom MAMA

Studio De Bakkerij
Dichtbij Mij – Viola Gesmundo – – 31st May to 3rd September 2017

This year, we have invited the Italian illustrator Viola Gesmundo to put on an exhibition in our foyer. Viola Gesmundo is an architect and illustrator who has a preference for simple drawings in which black and red lines prevail. She lives and works in Rotterdam and Turin and sees the city as her canvas. For the exhibition Dichtbij Mij (Closer To Me) she was inspired by poems written by Rotterdam children, about the language they use at home.

Studio de Bakkerij is both a gallery and a theatre and it is situated in an old chocolate factory in Rotterdam North. Website Studio De Bakkerij

Galerie Untitled
Pepijn van den Nieuwendijk – Keramiek en olieverf-schilderijen (ceramics and oil paintings) – May / June 2017

In the paintings and sculptures of Pepijn van Nieuwendijk, we can easily recognize a historical and art-historical background. His work features fairy tales, ancient stories, historical facts and mythology. Pepijn creates an imaginative world, full of hybrid people, animals, insects and the odd cartoon character. It is a world of Baroque beauty with dark overtones. In his work, he combines his graphic, illustrative and artistic skills to create a meticulously detailed and harmonious whole.

Gallery Untitled represents contemporary work by both established artists and up-and-coming talent. Website Galerie Untitled

Goethe-Institut Rotterdam
ZEBRA Poetry Film Lounge - 30th May to Friday 16th June 2017

Poetry films have existed since the beginning of film history. Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel is the artistic director of the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, the largest festival in this genre in the world. For the Goethe Institute, he has composed a programme with films that were shown at the festival  over the past few years. Among them are some of his personal favourites, but also winners of the "Goethe-Filmpreis", an award that has been presented by the Goethe Institute since 2005.

In its role as a worldwide active, cultural organization for the German Federal Republic, the Goethe Institute promotes  a knowledge of the German language both abroad and within the international cultural community. Website Goethe Institut

Burma Storybook – Dana Lixenberg –28 mei t/m 30 augustus 2017

Through years of isolation, poetry has become Myanmar's most popular art form. As a result of the recent political and economic transition, the book Burma Storybook offers a unique perspective of poetry in modern-day Myanmar. With portraits of seventeen influential poets from Myanmar by renowned Dutch photographer Dana Lixenberg, the Kunsthal will be part of the Poetry + Art Gallery Tour for the third time.

The Kunsthal Rotterdam occupies a unique position in the Dutch cultural sector. By presenting a wide-ranging programme of high-profile exhibitions and activities and always multiple exhibitions at the same time, the Kunsthal uses innovative ways to attract an ever-growing audience. Website Kunsthal Rotterdam

Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
THE NUDE AND THE SAP – Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel – 14th April to 9th July

The text Eupalinos, or the Architect by French poet Paul Valéry, commissioned as an introduction to the first edition of the review Architectures (1921), runs in parallel to Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel's THE NUDE AND THE SAP, an exhibition gathering existing and new works by the artist duo. Throughout the works on view runs an interest in the fluids (water, urine, sap, oil) that emerge from the materials used and the bodies that have had a hand in their shaping.

Witte de With is a public institution in the field of contemporary art and its related discourses. Critical reflection on timely issues through curated exhibitions, theoretical and educational programs and a bold publishing arm is core to its mission. Website Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art

 13:30 - 16:00 
Ro Foyer

Mae Yway, Melanin Kris
Mae Yway


Viola Gesmundo - Studio de Bakkerij

Pepijn van den Nieuwendijk - Gallery Untitled

Zebra Poetry Film Lounge - Goethe Institut

Photography: Dana Lixenberg - Kunsthal

Daniel Dewar & Gregory Gicquel - Photography: Aad Hoogendoorn - Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art

 13:30 - 16:00 
Ro Foyer

Mae Yway, Melanin Kris