Kunsthal Rotterdam

Our collaboration with the Kunsthal Rotterdam

Nationale-Nederlanden has been a partner of the Kunsthal Rotterdam since 2016. Every year we support an exhibition. With our support, the Kunsthal Rotterdam organised the following exhibitions.

Ai Weiwei – In search of humanity


Ai Weiwei is one of today’s most prominent artists, activists, and critics of authoritarian power systems. In Search of Humanity is his most comprehensive retrospective to date. Including paintings, cultural ready-mades, works made from LEGO bricks, sculptures, installations, photography, and video works, the exhibition presents an impressive overview of Ai Weiwei's over-four-decades-spanning career and features key works from all his different creative periods.

Calder NOW

(Photo: Alexander Calder, Untitled, 1963 Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Genève. Photograph courtesy of Calder Foundation, New York / Art Resource, New York. © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Pictoright, Amsterdam)

2021/ 2022

Alexander Calder instigated a large number of groundbreaking artistic innovations. In the exhibition Calder Now, the Kunsthal explores his lasting and unmistakable influence on contemporary art. The exhibition shows more than 20 sculptures by Alexander Calder, in addition to works by 10 leading contemporary artists: Olafur Eliasson, Žilvinas Kempinas, Simone Leigh, Ernesto Neto, Carsten Nicolai, Roman Signer, Aki Sasamoto, Monika Sosnowska, Sarah Sze and Rirkrit Tiravanija. These are installations that defy gravity, sculptures that lead to extraordinary optical experiences and works that appeal to all the senses. They bring new connections to light within Calder's iconic body of work.

Thierry Mugler: Couturissime

(Photo: Emil Larsson, outfit: Thierry Mugler, Collection Couture Les Chimères F/W 1997/1998)


Innovative and rebellious, Thierry Mugler has been amazing everyone for almost 50 years with his extraordinary creations. In the spectacular Thierry Mugler: Couturissime the different worlds of this striking artist – visionary, couturier, photographer and perfumer – were on display for the first time. This retrospective exhibition was a first in Europe.

Viktor & Rolf: Fashion artists 25 years


Since 1993 the symbiotic collaboration between Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren has led to works of uncompromising beauty and extraordinary collections. On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Dutch luxury fashion house Viktor&Rolf, the Kunsthal organised a large exhibition in collaboration with the Dutch designers and Canadian curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot.

Cat love – Nine lives in the arts


Where does the fascination for cats come from? Cat videos and photos are shared en masse on the internet. Famous cats such as Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub have millions of followers. With Cat Love, the Kunsthal went in search of what makes the cat so attractive and how artists have depicted this quirky animal since the 19th century. Classic masterpieces were shown alongside works by contemporary artists, such as Dutch photographer Marie Cécile Thijs. Her cat portraits are reminiscent of the regal paintings of the Golden Age and show the human tendency to attribute all kinds of character traits to their appearance.

Keith Haring – the political line


Keith Haring was inspired by graffiti, comic strips, music, dance, ‘high’ art and popular culture, and developed a wholly distinctive visual style. The Political Line’ was a major exhibition on the life and work of influential American artist and activist Keith Haring. With his unmistakably unique style, Keith Haring, a protégé of Andy Warhol, spawned a revolution in art during the 1980s. With one hundred and twenty artworks from international collections, the exhibition highlights in detail the social and political aspects of this world-famous artist’s life’s work.

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