Midnight Sunburn represents a strata of practices, liquid manifestations of time and things floating in between seasons, between the ephemeral and the concrete.

Midnight Sunburn, a compressed 500 gram cake set alight on the eve of a new year, accumulating into bright shots that illuminate the night. Slowly increasing sparks until a thick meteoric shower establishes an overture.  A moment of spectacle, that submerges as fast as it appears, nevertheless striving for a tingling after-image on your retina. A series of short events as celebration of what has been and is to come. These are the fireworks as translated to the Graduation Show of the 10 international artists graduating in 2019 from the Piet Zwart Master of Fine Art.

Midnight Sunburn refers to the ability to unite opposites. An apparent contradiction that can actually occur if you find yourself at either far end of the world, the polar regions where the sun hangs low but constant, where the unusually clear atmosphere cannot prevent sunrays from piercing the skin. Hanging around in the Arctic at midnight may still cause you sunburn.

Midnight Sunburn represents a strata of practices, liquid manifestations of time and things floating in between seasons, between the ephemeral and the concrete.  Midnight Sunburn is characterized by presence, appearance and disappearance, movements and stillness.  Midnight Sunburn is a contradiction, where fiction and non-fiction meet.

You are welcome at the Official Opening, or any of the other days. For the complete event schedule please check below!

Artists: Teddy Coste, Jānis Dzirnieks, Jakob Forster, Josje Hattink, Lili Huston-Herterich, Honey Jones-Hughes, Merve Kılıçer, Matheline Marmy, Marco Rizzardi, Bobby Sayers.

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Wednesday 10 July
Exhibition open from 15:00 – 17: 00 hours for professional preview, no further programme.

Thursday 11 July
19:00 – 22:00 Official Opening
(on Thursday the regular exhibition is open from 11:00 onwards)

19:15 Welcome + introduction
Nathalie Hartjes (curator) & Vivian Sky Rehberg (course director PZI MFA)

19:30 @ Het Nieuwe Instituut Café (pond)
Teddy Coste, Eat it Before You Start Tripping!

20:00: Opening Speech
Jeroen Chabot (dean of the Willem de Kooning Academy)

20:15 @ 2nd floor
Merve Kılıçer, Bodies in Volution & Volitional Act #1
in collaboration with Viviana Fabiano and Elise Maniere as Eggs&Coins/Midnight Monkeys Collective

21:00 @ 2nd floor
Bobby Sayers, The Homeless Troubadour

21: 30 @ Neuhaus stage ground floor
Teddy Coste, Meeting Robert

Friday 12 July
13:00 @ 2nd floor + 13:15 @ Museumpark
Bobby Sayers, The Homeless Troubadour

Saturday 13 July
12:00 @ 2nd floor
Merve Kılıçer, Bodies in Volution & Volitional Act #1
in collaboration with Viviana Fabiano and Elise Maniere as Eggs&Coins/Midnight Monkeys Collective

12:40 @ Het Nieuwe Instituut Café (pond)
Teddy Coste, Eat it Before You Start Tripping!

13:00 @ 2nd floor + 13:30 @ Schouwburgplein
Bobby Sayers, The Homeless Troubadour

14:30 @ Neuhaus stage ground floor
Teddy Coste, Meeting Robert

Midnight Sunburn is part of the Graduation Show 2019 of the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and is co-produced by MAMA. The exhibition takes place within the framework of Neuhaus, a temporary transdisciplinary academy for more-than-human knowledge.

More information on the final exhibitions of the other departments: click here.

Midnight Sunburn
Graduation Show 2019 / Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art

Curator: Nathalie Hartjes

Location: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, Rotterdam

Opening hours: Thursday 11 July, 11:00 – 22:00, Friday 12 July – Sunday 14 July, 11:00 – 17:00

Official Opening, Thursday 11 July, 19:00 – 22:00, including performances by Teddy Coste, Merve Kılıçer, Bobby Sayers.

This project is sponsored by Squat Deluxe and co-produced by MAMA. Read more about partnerships, sponsorships, collaborations and co-programmes here.

The Piet Zwart Institute (PZI) houses the international Master programmes of the Willem de Kooning Academy at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Named after the pioneering Dutch designer Piet Zwart, who worked experimentally across media and contexts, the PZI offers a combination of in-depth specialisation and interdisciplinary exchange within an intimate learning environment. The PZI Master programs are dedicated to promoting study and research in art, design, and art education, and share an interest in the complex social, cultural and political contexts of their respective fields.

About HOME

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