About

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

Organisation

Sanne ten Brink


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Dewi Baggerman


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Marloes Kranenburg


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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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News

Extension of exhibitions

BRUTUS is proud to extend three exhibitions on view to January 8th:

BUILT: Akeem Smith and Tommy Malekoff, curated by Maxwell Wolf
Boerenzji: by Brutus award winner Wapke Feenstra 
Cage: by Atelier van Lieshout

Opening November 25th 2022, Lara Verheijden's Lowlands Nude Calendar

The latest edition within The Nude Calendar Project, a project by the Amsterdam artist Lara Verheijden, (an alternative take on the classic nude calendar in the garage) was fully cast and shot last August at #LL22 with Lowlanders in the lead role. This is the first Lowlands Nude Calendar Project. 

The 2023 calendar will be launched with an exhibition of Lara Verheijden’s photography at BRUTUS which is on view through January 8th. 

The Nude Calendar Project originated from the idea to make a nude calendar of very diverse people instead of just beach babes: young and old, female, male, X, couples and family members. The models were found on Instagram and were then photographed in a playful, slightly erotic way."
Amsterdam-based Photographer and videographer Lara Verheijden is bold and unapologetic. Her iconic nude photography has pioneered the intimate and obscure aesthetic of photography. Her works explore the natural beauty of bodies and of the very things that make us human. She is well known for her nude calendar series that transforms mundane household objects into personal pieces of art. In tandem, Verheijden is a distinctive videographer, filming shorts such as the celebrated Coco, about her childhood friend in the week leading to her second child's birth." Eloise de Farias, Metal Magazine