This weekend (February 5-8) is the international Art Rotterdam fair. Its been around for 16 years and in that time it has established quite a name for itself, especially when you are interested in young talent. One of the good bits is that it is held in the former Van Nelle Factory, which is a piece of art in itself if you’re interested in architecture.
Van Nelle Factory, Rotterdam
Like yourself, I think I’m open to (modern) art, but I’m also the kind of guy who thinks spending €3.350 on something like this:
Julie Cockburn (1966) / Walkabout / Hand embroidery on childs drawing
…is rather ambitious. It’s not meant to ridicule, it’s just so you know what you’re up against when you visit one of these. I usually try to find something that I am interested in, which is of course anything that reminds me of skyscrapers, cities and anything related.
In this work for example, I recognize a Mies van der Rohe skyscraper taken from the street
Stef Driesen / title unknown
Peter Krauskopf / OHNE TITEL, study
Here is something that reminds me of a walkthrough map of some 1990’s video game, or if you’re under 25, a full view a scene of the Monument Valley app game.
artist and title unknown
Albert Speer building study? The title suggests something like that.
Renato Nicolodi / Propaganda II (2014)
More architecture, gloomy picture.
Paulo Ventura / Behind the Walls #7 (2011)
Windows. I like the simplicity of these, although you want these three close to each other I think. These are €1.650 each.
Jurriaan Molenaar (1968) / Boedapest / 2014
Here is one I actually recognized. This is a print from the famous ‘architecture of density‘- series in Hong Kong by German photographer Michael Wolf.
Michael Wolf / AOD, The Scout Shots #69 (2005)
Also by Michael Wolf is this one of roofs in Paris. While the Hong Kong one sets you back € 1.975, this one costs € 8.750. I’m guessing that’s a exclusivity issue.
Michael Wolf / Paris Roof Top #6.
Onto traffic. Lots of it in this painting. I might buy it to remind myself I never stand in one of these, thank goodness.
More infrastructure, like this one entree roundabout. I’m guessing this one was found on Google Earth but a quick search didn’t produce any results. Could be photoshopped, but judging by the land prep on the right, I guess it’s a first phase of a development project in Dubai or something.
Definitely a print straight from the web. Here is to confirm this is indeed Google Maps, as Apple Maps is actually more famous for these.
Clement Valla / postcard from Google earth (2013) / € 1.500
This looks like a part of a skyscraper facade. Don’t be fooled by the size by the way, this was part of a scale model project. The piece is some 20 cm tall.
Mirjam Kuitenbrouwer / Gevel I (2015) / € 800
My personal favorite: a solution for those who have no view. Forgot to ask who did this one.