‘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 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.
There are always a number of exhibitions to see, both large and small-scale, from old masters to contemporary art, from innovative design to engaging photography. Guided tours round the main exhibition can be given in Dutch, English, and German for up to 20 people. Architectural tours are also available (on request). Larger groups will be led ...
The Dutch painter Jan Roeland died in the autumn of 2016. As a tribute to this extraordinary and contemplative painter, the Kunsthal is collaborating with the Slewe Gallery (Amsterdam) and the family to organise the exhibition ‘Jan Roeland: a tribute (1935-2016)’.