Drawn from life

‘Drawn from life’ presents an extraordinary survey of more than fifty years of the administration of justice in the Netherlands. Chris Roodbeen (1930, Rotterdam) is one of the few artists who – as a result of the ban on photography – has enlivened reports on trials in the Dutch dailies for years.

He has seen, and still see many courts of law from the inside and has followed half a century of legal history. With an eye for detail and an elegant style, Roodbeen records the attitudes and facial expressions of magistrates, criminal lawyers, witnesses and the public, with in the centre the defendants, many of them famous or notorious.

Kunsthal Rotterdam

Kunsthal Rotterdam is housed in a striking building designed by Rotterdam s OMA/Rem Koolhaas architectural practice and was opened in 1992. Since then, the Kunsthal has put culture in the widest sense of the word on show, from elitist to popular.

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