Tuesday, 22 April 2008

inside Rotterdam

This weekend just gone my sis, friends Anna and I hopped on a train and headed south to Rotterdam. I've lived in Holland almost 6 years and only spend a few hours in this city in that whole time at an event. Amsterdammers curse the city, say it's ugly and that there's nothing there worth seeing. Well, they couldn't have been more. Rotterdam was just lovely.
First stop was the Boymans van Beuningen Museum. A stunning building with a whole collection of Dutch masterpieces and contemporary art.
Wall Painting No. 155 (Staff), 2006. Jan van der Ploeg.
Classic product design. Sewing machine 'Logica', 1981. Designed by Giorgio Giugiaro.
Folding moped 'Scooterette', 1960-1963. Wim Gilles.Joris Laarman's Concrete radiator, 2003.
constant 'Feest der droefenis', 1949.
Kees Timmer 'Felis onca' circa 1953.
Claes Oldenburg 'Meats' 1964.
Charles & Ray Eames 'Chair', 1951.
Religious relics displayed beautifully.
After a good two hours at the museum it was time for lunch. Anna made the most delish sammies: tuna, cream cheese, honey, walnut and watercress. So yummy!
A nice big ol truck.
The back of the museum which leads onto a park. There are a bunch of museums all connected by this park. So handy.
Big black grow next to the Natural History Museum.Next stop, Kunsthal Rotterdam.
A few masterpieces, which I can't say do a lot for me. They seem a little too dark and ominous. But I can appreciate the immense skill that's gone into them and love things like the lace detail.
We came to this gallery to see this:
Dutch graphic design master, Jan Bons.
A beautiful exhibition of his work.
The Kunsthal was designed by famous Rotterdam-based architect Rem Koolhaas.
Last exhibition at the Kunsthal was a photography retrospective of Queen Beatrix.
The cafe is a complete sun trap and so we had a quick coffee and soaked up some sun to recharge then set off to see some modern Dutch architecture, check tomorrow's post.

Boymans van Beuningen Museum: Museumpark 18 - 20, 3015CX Rotterdam

Get Directions
Kunsthal: Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341, 3015 AA Rotterdam

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