‘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.
In the Netherlands and Belgium, pigeon racing is in decline and pigeon fanciers are an ageing community. In the United Kingdom the sport is still practiced enthusiastically and in Asia it is positively booming. The English photographer Zak Waters followed several clubs of enthusiastic participants and aficionados, also known as ‘colombophiles’.
Conny Janssen Dances is exactly the same age as the Kunsthal! Therefore, its 25th anniversary is reason for an inspiring, 'extra-large' cross-fertilization between the Kunsthal building, the art, the dancers and the public.