BRUTUS comes to life in the Rotterdam port area

BRUTUS is a multidisciplinary playground for the arts and the largest contemporary art exhibition and performance space in the Netherlands. BRUTUS is an artist-driven playground, a space where artists are given carte blanche to experiment.

In march 2022, BRUTUS opened 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 organization founded in 2008 by artist Joep van Lieshout to offer artists a unique opportunity to develop and exhibit projects without traditional boundaries. The ambitious cultural programming engages both local and international audiences. The former industrial complex at 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.
Joep van Lieshout's transgressive practice over the last three decades has shed light on what a foundation of tomorrow could look like. BRUTUS uses its architecture as a collaborative material to inform its multi-disciplinary program. Host to complicated installations, challenging performances, massive group shows and impressive solo exhibitions, BRUTUS offers artists time, space, freedom, and funds to experiment, perform and exhibit at a massive scale.
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


Sanne ten Brink

Photography: Angeniet Berkers
Photography: Angeniet Berkers

Dewi Baggerman


Marloes Kranenburg


Become BRUTUS Volunteer!

For the upcoming exhibitions BRUTUS is looking for enthusiastic volunteers. Under guidance of the floor manager you help with public guidance, ticket sales and information provision. BRUTUS is open from Thursday to Sunday.
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