Michiel Huijben, nieuw werk

20 September 2020 till 6 July 2021

Based in Rotterdam, Huijben’s artistic practice involves historical and archival research, as well as publishing, writing, and sketching alternative histories of architecture through live performance, installation, and video. For its part, our building was designed by municipal architect C.B. van der Tak. It was constructed in the 1870s as a female-only civic school.

Here, a live performance and this exhibition by Huijben place the institution’s architecture at the center of their investigation. With the late nineteenth century debate around an ‘official’ national style as a backdrop, this new work searches for traces of human decision-making across the histories of the school’s use, the building, and the wider city environment.

Melly Art Institute

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Art Institute Melly (formerly Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art) is an international art institution based in Rotterdam. Since 1990, the center has been the place to be for anyone who wants to be informed of what is going on in the world of international contemporary art. It is one of the most important institutions for contemporary art in the Netherlands, and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in this field. A progressive platform where there i...

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