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Editorial Art Map 4.0
Wow-factor, pop-ups, cultural entrepreneurship and festival terror, that’s Rotterdam!
55 festivals this year and the city is expecting approximately 1.5 million visitors. This is today’s interpretation of ‘mental resilience through cultural self-motivation’, which was the objective of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds: rebuilding the war-torn cultural life of The Netherlands. And what about Art?
This art map (version 4.0) lists currently active spaces or zones that support contemporary art, including 50 presentation spaces, 35 production places, 29 studio buildings, 6 art prizes and 4 special art bookshops.

Which cities support artists best? Is Rotterdam one of them?
Conditions: 1. Affordable housing and studios 2. Decent public transport system 3. A supportive, international community 4. Art funding and residency programmes 5. Access to information and networks. 1 and 2: yes; 3, 4 and 5: not sure?
The quantity of art spaces or ‘contact zones’ does not define the quality and liveliness of the art scene. The art does! People do! Perhaps there are too many spaces in relation to the number of people inhabiting the art scene. Often it is mainly artists that make up the audience; being members of the audience is their second professional unpaid job. Unfortunately zeitgeist-chasing curators, flamboyant scholars and the beau monde are hardly ever spotted.
Relative isolation is necessary to get some work done. Contact with and access to networks from outside is crucial for the survival and future of artists and a local art scene. Maybe the old cliché is true: Rotterdam is more a place for production than for presentation?
^Rob Hamelijnck, September 2015


This map is sponsored by Festival Kunst in het Witte de Withkwartier & Kunstblock.
Festival Kunst in het Witte de Withkwartier
Kunstblock



Colofon
Fucking Good Art – Rotterdam / Berlin / Zurich
Artists and editors – Rob Hamelijnck en Nienke Terpsma
Typography – Nienke Terpsma
Print – De Boog, Rotterdam
Webdesign – catalogtree.net
Translation – Gerard Forde
First issue December 2003
Contact – mail[at]fuckinggoodart.nl

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Rotterdam Art Map 4.0, September 2015
DOWNLOAD HERE!

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