do it Kunsthal Rotterdam
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
July 4 – August 30, 2015
This summer, Kunsthal Rotterdam proudly presents do it. Just like pieces of music that can be played simultaneously by musicians all over the world, no two versions of do it are ever identical when carried out. Instructions for the artworks are reinterpreted with every new presentation. Kunsthal Rotterdam's presentation of do it is an innovative Kunsthal project with over fifty instructions enacted by artists, partners and visitors.
For the first time in the history of the Kunsthal, no artworks will have to be transported from points A to B for an exhibition. In collaboration with guest curator Jeroen Everaert, director of Mothership, over fifty do it instructions have been selected to be realized at the Kunsthal. Well known Rotterdam-based artists including Lenny Oosterwijk, Arno Coenen and André Smits have been invited to follow instructions by Christian Boltanski, Jay Chung and Uri Aran respectively. Cultural initiatives such as Wake Up in Art, mwah, and Baschz, creative minds such as Natasa Heydra, and entrepreneurs such as Woei Tjin have been invited to take part in do it. Opperclaes, a platform for young contemporary art, will select contemporary calligraphers and muralists to visualize do it instructions by Stephen Kaltenbach and Marjetica Potrč.
This summer, both young and old alike can join in and contribute towards do it at Kunsthal Rotterdam. The title is self-explanatory: this is DIY! Local and major partners and sponsors, including Schaap ironmongers, Van Beek Art Supplies and lingerie brand Sapph, have been invited to contribute to the exhibition by following a particular do it instruction. Felix Kops and Konkel & Kraan have been invited to realize the ‘Shoot it' instruction by Cao Fei (2004), which is to ‘film yourself as if you were a world leader', and is described in 13 meticulous steps. Furthermore, quality confectionery manufacturer Jamin4You Rotterdam, originally based in Rotterdam, will be working with the instruction ‘Get 80 kg of pre-packaged local confectionery and place it in a corner somewhere', as part of the do it instruction ‘Untitled' by Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1994). Other do it instructions invite visitors to actively participate, with instructions like ‘WISH PEACE' by Yoko Ono (1996), ‘Instruction' by Joan Jonas (2002) and ‘A Black not Straight Line' by Sol LeWitt (2001). The Kunsthal is inviting everyone, with as much spirit and enthusiasm as they can muster, to help realize do it!
For more information, visit Kunsthal Rotterdam's website, here.