Nearly 20 internationally renowned artists present new, alternative connections between mankind, nature and technology. They go beyond existing contradictions between organic and inorganic, plant and animal, living and dead. This is led by a new aesthetic that offers space for discomfort, imperfection and the beauty of decay. ‘Through Bone and Marrow’ is a subtle wake-up call.

‘Through Bone and Marrow’ gets under visitors’ skin and down to their bones. Curator Maarten Spruyt’s exhibition forces visitors to take a good look at themselves as well as imagining a different interrelationship with nature and technology. A new aesthetic offers a portal to the future. Maarten Spruyt: "As a collector of atmospheres, I am always looking for a representation of the zeitgeist"

We live in the Anthropocene, the age of man. Never before has a single species had such a powerful impact on the environment. Meanwhile, we have become entangled in our own waste and enslaved by our own equipment, and, as a result, our senses have been dulled. We threaten to destroy the planet, but may lose ourselves, our humanity, well before then. Maarten Spruyt: "Art can put the finger on the sore spot, and give an insight."

The exhibition covers the better part of Brutus (some 6000 m2) and feels like a single, large organism. Its backbone consists of four large installations by Zimoun, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Frank Bruggeman and Mirte van Laarhoven, which were commissioned especially for this exhibition.

Opening hours: Thursday - Sunday 12 - 6 PM
On May 18, 19, 21 and 26, the exhibition can only be visited as Live experience. Click here for information and tickets.
Entrance: Keileweg 10, Rotterdam
Tickets: €5 (online or at the boxoffice, PIN only)
CJP/Rotterdampas: €2,50 (online or at the boxoffice, PIN only, show card at the boxoffice)
We Are Public: free (online or at the boxoffice, scan card at the boxoffice)

Mixed forms play a major role in ‘Through Bone and Marrow’. Maartje Korstanje’s sculptures seamlessly meld the characteristics of insects, fossils and plants, for example. And Vladimir Zbynovsky brings stone to life by intimately combining it with glass. Not just the eyes, but also the ears are activated, for instance by Zimoun’s minimalist cardboard box structure that produces a mechanical, rhythmic sound. It encourages reflection on the aesthetic quality of a simple packaging material, but also taps into a primal energy source. The Sirens by Joris Strijbos, on the other hand, subtly lure visitors closer, in order to touch their very core.

Visitors are admitted to the exhibition circuit one at a time so that their senses are heightened to the environment and the works therein.

This exhibition features works by the following artists: Zimoun, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Frank Bruggeman, Mirte van Laarhoven, Atelier Van Lieshout, Nick Ervinck, Jan Hüskes, Joris Strijbos, Ossip, Nick van Woert, Maartje Korstanje, Vladimir Zbynovsky, Jan Eric Visser, Nacho Carbonell, Ernest Bessems, Hedwich Rooks, Zhao Zhou, Quintus Glerum, Amrith de Zoete and Kevin Power. Several musical compositions throughout the exhibition by Dyane Donck Company.

Made possible by: Gemeente Rotterdam, Rabobank, de coöperatieve bank, Mondriaan Fonds, Volkskracht, Zabawas, Stichting Verzameling van Wijgaarden-Boot, Elise Mathilde, Fleur Groenendijk Foundation and het Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds/Breeman Talle Fonds

Special thanks to: Kaapse Brouwers, European Metal Recycling, PRO Alloy, Voedseltuin, Stadsbeheer Gemeente Rotterdam and Museum Jan Cunen.