Monthly curated selection of the best cultural events and exhibitions in Rotterdam by SOBA Studio.

JULY 2019

Afterwork by Heineken during RotterdamseKost

Wednesday July 3rd from 5 – 10 PM

Get ready for the pre party of RotterdamseKost: Afterwork x RotterdamseKost. Warm up for the three-day Rotterdam culinary festival that takes place from Friday: July 5, 6 and 7 the most cosy outdoor pub settles down in Het Park.

Have a beer with a view of the Euromast, dance with your toes in the green grass and an ice cold Heineken in your hands. During the big Afterwork shuffle competition you can win 2x passe-partouts for the festival.

From culinary delights to juicy street food, there are big names on the menu. Register quickly for a spot on the guestlist via Facebook chat: or the website:

Beer there!

DordtYart Finissage Weekend

Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th of July

DordtYart is all about contemporary art and stimulating artists. Set in the monumental machine hall in Dordrecht, DordtYart calls in her final year with a theme: appear / disappear.

The ‘grande finale’ of this last year of DordtYart in Dordrecht has the motto verschijnen / verdwijnen (appear / disappear). Seventeen artists are challenged to work with this theme.

It’s still unknown what will happen to the old machine hall – a municipal monument. The future of DordtYart is also still uncertain. Founders Warnaar and Vollebregt largely finance the artwork site themselves, although they received a subsidy from the Mondriaan Fund. Warnaar: “We all do it for the love of art.” There certainly will be a new “playing field” for artists, he promises. He already has a place in mind in Rotterdam, but it is probably too small to allow visitors. But the name is retained. “DordtYart has become such a strong brand, we are not going to change that.”

Read more about our collaboration with DordtYart 

Brand Zomer Fest @ Hotel New York

Sunday July 28th

Summer has begun and that’s why we give you Brand Fest. An intimate festival where you and your friends can taste, drink, listen and enjoy a whole afternoon on a sunny day. On Sunday 28 July, Hotel New York Rotterdam will be transformed into the most pleasant place in the city. A wonderful environment to enjoy live music and fun games. It’s all about tasting different Brand summer beers, delicious dishes and cocktail shelves. Expect a decorated location with long tables to sit at and stalls where you can get food to share.

A free event but guest list only!

Register for the guest list via




Sound waves flow over the headland, water clatters in the harbor, materials from the storage are sorted out and arranged, a film set is built up and used live, truck belts rotate, bamboo is split, a satellite drops down..

(image: Tidal Spill by Isabelle Andriessen. One of the featured artist in the group exhibition during DordtYart verschijnen / verdwijnen)

DordtYart’s ‘grande finale’ in Dordrecht has the motto verschijnen / verdwijnen (appear / disappear). Seventeen contemporary artists are challenged to work with this theme. Fourteen of these artists work on new research and installations for five to six weeks. Together they form an active working community in which artists and technicians stimulate each other in quality, originality and the joy for art.

The interaction with you as a visitor gives the artists an extra impulse and that is why it’s an open studio to the public four days a week.

The artists in residency are: Isabelle Andriessen, Maria Blaisse & Bin Xu, Stéphane Cauchy, Driessens & Verstappen, Femke Herregraven, Susanna Inglada, J & B, Rick van Meel, Funda Gül Özcan, Sarah van Sonsbeeck and Puck Verkade. Edwin van der Heide and Barbara Visser also show work and research in a very special way and Sachi Miyachi will make a final performance.

About DordtYart

Soba Studio partnered up and created a program together with DordtYart to organize an interesting experience for you and the artists with lectures, performances and presentations.

verschijnen / verdwijnen
Easter weekend: 21 & 22 April, 11 am – 5 pm
From 25 April: Thursday to Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm
Finissageweekend: Saturday 27 July and Sunday 28 July


February is a month of art. Browse through our selection of the best fairs and events. We wish you fun and a lot of inspiration.

Art Rotterdam celebrates its 20-year-anniversary

From February 7th – 10th

Art Rotterdam is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. For this jubilee edition the fair has sharpened its varied model aimed at young art and focuses on cooperation. In a more intimate atmosphere there is more focus on connecting between national and international galleries. For four days, the Van Nelle Fabriek forms the backdrop for the latest developments in the visual arts.

As of this year, more clarification has also been made on the fair itself, in the form of information signs for works of art in each stand. The Art Rotterdam Week shuttle buses are at the entrance to the fair; these will take you to the various highlights in the Museum Park, the Vierhavens area and the Kop van Zuid for free.

Qade Solo Project 2019

Image: Contempo by Jean-Marc Spaans (one of the participating artists)

From February 6th – 10th

Qade (Qontemporary Art and DEsign) Solo Project is an art fair with the aim of providing the public with a broadly oriented art event. Galeries present works of art by renowned artists and designers, in combination with young talent.

With the 25 participating galleries, each creating 2 solo exhibitions, one can expect a surprising and diverse range that stimulates curiosity. Recognition in addition to surprise.

The exhibition takes place during Art Rotterdam Week in the iconic Cruise Terminal Rotterdam, one of the most beautiful locations in the city. With beautiful views over the Maas.

OBJECT Rotterdam 2019

Image: Minute Manufacturing by Diego Faivre (one of the participating artists)

From February 8th – 10th 

OBJECT is the fair for contemporary design and is held in the characteristic HAKA building, a monument for modernity. You can visit the platform for the latest limited editions and one-offs from well-known and upcoming designers working in different design disciplines and with various materials.

OBJECT is thé place where the cutting edge between design, crafts, fashion, architecture and art becomes evident and it is a must-see for collectors, professionals and other design-minded people.

Haute Photographie

From February 7th – 10th

Haute Photographie is a new photography fair. The concept of this fair is centred around a group exhibition, featuring works by the masters from the history of photography, to the younger generation and most exciting new talents working with the medium today.

Haute Photographie is a boutique photography fair with the allure of a museum. In collaboration with the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Haute Photographie will offer an extensive public programme, which includes tours and talks from world-renowned photographers. They’ll create a photography hub during Art Rotterdam week. 


Zalando Denim Event – 15 November 2018 – Roodkampje Rotterdam 

Zalando and Glamcult present an exclusive event in Roodkapje Rotterdam to launch the Zalando Denim Campaign. An exclusive event for guests only, with performance by campaign talent Naaz, DJ’s from Operator Radio, Nail Art by Islaa Berlin and the chance to customise your own denim. A full night with free activities and delicious bites and drinks. Want to be part of this event?

RSVP to sophie@sobastudio to get a spot on the guestlist!

Grote Nederlandse Kunstkalender launch

SOBA STUDIO invites you to the festive launch of the Grote Nederlandse Kunstkalender 2019 in Het Industriegebouw. This year, one of the 365 artists will win an exhibition at the brand new Show Off gallery in Het Industriegebouw. During the launch we will announce which artist gets this opportunity. Friday November 2nd from 5PM – 8PM.

“Post Social” by Iwan Smit | Till November 18th in Studio Seine

Post Social, a solo exhibition by Iwan Smit, in which the artist presents a world after social media. In the exhibit Post Social Iwan Smit displays paintings and sculptures he created during the year in which he ended his use of social media.

“Together we are alone”

The world as we know it, has stopped existing. After an era in which sharing, following and finding have become a burden too heavy to bear, a collective sense of loneliness has awoken. The viewer is part of a post-apocalyptic landscape with survivors of the past, who are trying to take in their strange new reality. The megalomaniac metropolis of modern society has been traded in for small huts in nature, where people are shedding their condition. A catharsis has begun.

Blossom | Opening Friday November 16th 

At the invitation of Bas Hendrikx, contemporary artists shed new light on developments in computer art. The opening of the exhibition ‘Blossom’ is on Friday 16 November at 8PM in Garage Rotterdam.

Artists began using algorithms in the 1960s to generate images. The results of the code and scripts resemble patterns from biology and astronomy. This created a new graphic visual language.

Algorithms and flowers appear to have unexpected similarities. In the group exhibition Blossom, contemporary artists shed new light on developments in computer art. Discover how artworks from then and now are rooted in the forms of nature.


In the exhibition Action <-> Reaction, Kunsthal Rotterdam shows the full scope of kinetic (moving) art, with works by the most famous kinetic artists in the world. This impressive overview offers the public an experience with art that appeals to different senses. Feel, see, smell, hear and experience the rhythms, flicker, vibrations, instability and force fields all the way to the cosmos! The exhibition is a reprise of the successful ‘Dynamo’ exhibition in Paris (2013), and is realized in close collaboration with Grand Palais in Paris.

The artificial light spaces in the work ‘Chromosaturation’ from 1965 by Carlos Cruz-Diez (image) immerses the visitor in an environment consisting of only three colors, so that the eye – accustomed to observing a wide range of colors – can transform the idea of color to an almost physical experience.

Rebels without a cause | Till November 25th in ZERP

From 17 October until 25 November, ZERP Galerie Rotterdam presents the group presentation ‘Rebels without a cause’, with new artworks by a.o. Anne von Freyburg, Virgilius Moldovan, Stijn Belle and Margriet Smulders (image). The artists presented are constantly pushing boundaries with their unconventional works and approach.


From 13 October in De Kunsthal, you can see work from Vanfleteren that look beyond the traditional surf spots of California and Hawaii.

In the exhibition ‘Surf Tribe’ the Belgian photographer Stephan Vanfleteren (Kortrijk, 1969) reveals a culture in which he dedicates deep respect for the ocean predominates. He goes around the world looking for people who live in places where the ocean touches the country. He lays down an almost fluid community of ‘subjects of the mighty Surf Tribe’ that nature has as sole master. No action photos on azure waves in this photo series, but his serene black-and-white portraits in Vanfleteren’s pure and haunting style are must sees this month.

Have dinner at a very special location? Garage Rotterdam will transform into a unique restaurant for one evening every exhibition. This month you can enjoy a vegetarian dinner between artworks of Yael Davids, Milena Naef, Jimmy Robert and Grace Schwindt, with whom you can talk to about their work. Also, curator Sjoerd Kloosterhuis is present and will guide you through the exhibition. Chef Laurence van Bergeijk presents a matching wine arrangement with organic wines from De Gouden Ton. Guarantee yourself a seat on October 26 and make a reservation via Garage Rotterdam. 

Het Nieuwe Instituut will present the work of this year’s nominees for the Prix de Rome Architecture 2018 from October 19th.

This edition focuses on two extremes in architecture: urban design and landscape design. The nominees are: Alessandra Covini / Studio Ossidiana (image), Bram van Kaathoven, Katarzyna Nowak and duo Rademacher de Vries. For the final round they are challenged to make a fictional design for the Sixhaven area in Amsterdam. A must visit, this oldest and most generous Dutch prize for architects under 35 and visual artists under 40 years!

From 13-28 October Boijmans van Beuningen presents Kunst4Kids. 26 contemporary artists have been asked to create a work of art for the kids to buy. Children can choose from drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs that have been made especially for this edition of Kunst4Kids. The exhibition is open for two weeks and only for children! The kids get a guided tour where they start with a creative workshop.

If you don’t want to miss the fun, visit the Boijmans Club every first Sunday of the month, where you and your littles ones get a tour by an art historian and discover the exhibition of Rubens. Kids also go to work themselves to become as big as an artist as Rubens. Check out the next edition this Sunday here

TENT presents a double scoop this month: the exhibition“Who do you think you are?”Initiated by Rotterdam-based singer-songwriter Sabrina Starke. It is the very first showcase of her brand new album ‘Underneath the Surface’.

Furthermore, the exhibition consists of new works by nine visual artists. Throughout the exhibition period there is a cross-disciplinary range of public programs. The many dimensions of ‘identity’ are the central theme. The goal is to provide a positive stimulus to the search for new definitions of identity. SOBA loves the feature of the ‘Head in the clouds’ installation by Mickaël Martins Afonso and Caroline Escaffre-Faure (image).