About

Brutus is a multidisciplinary playground for the arts and the largest contemporary art exhibition and performance space in the Netherlands. Brutus provides the opportunity for both wanted and unwanted projects, in any media or scale inspiring both emerging and established artists to ‘think big’.

In the first quarter of 2022, Brutus will open its doors for the first time with 3 exhibitions including new work by L.A. Raeven, a presentation by emerging talent Alexandra Philips (US) and installations by Atelier Van Lieshout. There are also collaborations on the horizon with Roffa Mon Amour, Bitter, Hipsick, Rotterdam Art Week, Museumnacht010 and others.

Brutus is an initiative of AVL Mundo, the not-for-profit organisation founded in 2008 by artist Joep van Lieshout to offer artists a unique opportunity to develop and to exhibit projects without traditional boundaries . The ambitious cultural programming engages both local and international audiences. The former industrial complex at the Keileweg includes – besides Brutus – exhibition spaces (De Kathedraal and De BarBAAR), an artist in residency and the AVL Mundo Sculpture Park. Measuring 6000 m2 it is one of the largest, independent contemporary art spaces in the Netherlands.
Works by big names from the international arts are interspersed with yet to be discovered talent. All possible art and cultural disciplines are covered: from sculpture to performance, from drawing to video. Art that can sometimes be quite confronting, and at the same time stimulating. Works that reflect the changing zeitgeist and ideas that inspire for the future or show its dark side. Brutus gives makers carte blanche to experiment and to showcase their vision.
Brutus is supported by: Gemeente Rotterdam

Organisation

Sanne ten Brink


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Dewi Baggerman


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Marloes Kranenburg


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News

Wild Summer of Art - summer exposition with 180 artists

We are happy to announce that Wapke Feenstra has won the Brutus award 2022 awarded by Joep van Lieshout. She has won this with her video / art project Boerenzij, that was shown in Wild Summer of Art. This art project created with and by Rotterdammers places rural migration, mindsets, memories, objects and en plein air drawings in the midst of the current gentrification of Rotterdam-Zuid. Boerenzij demands critical awareness of the naturalness with which rural culture is being swallowed up and urbanized worldwide. Wapke's work will be shown in October & November in Brutus.

Wapke Feenstra is a co-founder of Myvillages (2003), an artist collective set up to advocate for a new understanding of the rural as a place of and for cultural production. They work with formats that are close to the everyday and have set up long-term and ongoing trans-local infrastructures to make connections between people and places, such as the International Village Shop and the Rural School of Economics. Feenstra is born in Hennaarderadeel and lives in Rotterdam. Her latest commissions include the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig (2015-16), Times Museum in Guangzhou (2017), OK_Video in Jakarta (2017), Whitechapel Gallery in London, Potato Growers at the Istanbul Biennale (2019) and with Rural School of Economics is she a part of Documenta fifteen in Kassel.

Public Collections include Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Fries Museum, Arts Maebashi (Japan) and Kunstmuseum Thurgau (Switzerland). Wapke also published on Rural undercurrents, landscape perception and images of farming. Together with Böhm, Feenstra has edited The Rural (2019) as part of the Documents on Contemporary Art series by Whitechapel Gallery and MIT Press. In 2021, Feenstra published the book Boerenzij/The Rural Side, with a text and visual essay on rural migration and gentrification in Rotterdam. Current research is with e.g. Van Abbe Museum, “Rural Imaginations” UVA and Donna Paola Art Farm in Italy.
Brutus presents: Wild Summer of Art Part II - Trailer
Brutus presents: Wild Summer of Art Part I - Trailer