Following the BAUHAUS DESSAU – BRANDING ROTTERDAM exhibition in the Chabot Museum (2016/2017), the centenary celebrations for Bauhaus 100 provide a new opportunity to additionally highlight the international avant-garde in Rotterdam through paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints from the artists’ association De Branding.
Through its founders (in particular artist and organizer Herman Bieling) this artists’ association had good international contacts including Herwarth Walden of Der Sturm to which Paul Citroen was also connected and Kurt Schwitters in Hannover. This meant that during its relatively short lifetime (1917-1926) many leading artists exhibited in Rotterdam early on. Because of this De Branding is representative of today’s climate for art in Rotterdam and a significant link in the developments in modern art in the early twentieth century, such as the emergence of abstract art in the Netherlands.
Prestigious and high quality works from the collections of both the Chabot Museum Rotterdam and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen provide an impression of these turbulent times in the interbellum period in Rotterdam. A period that was dominated by artists’ initiatives and the art trade (the new Boijmans did not yet exist). The exhibition offers the chance to place partly locally or nationally known artists into an international perspective (network). The visitor can make his own visual analysis and broaden his horizons by looking at iconic works next to less well-known works based on the context of former Ultra Modern Work and to take this in.