Art Rotterdam 2020

The 21st edition of the Art Rotterdam fair 2020 in the Dutch city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands had a surprising new program. New this year at Art Rotterdam were The Performance Show, the Mural Machine Painting Show and the new presentation of the section dedicated to video art under the name citizenM Projections. The Mural Machine Painting Show was realized by the office of Rotterdam MURALS Inc., specialized in the field of contemporary murals.


Projections, the well known section dedicated to video art, continued under the name of citizenM Projections The initiator was the main partner of Art Rotterdam, the citizenM hotel chain, which has art in its DNA, according to Robin Chadha, CMO citizenM hotels.

The selection committee included the Ekard Collection – Brown Family Collection, Liesbeth Willems curator of the KRC collection and Bart Rutten director of the Centraal Museum Utrecht. The new entrance designed by the world renowned fair architect Tom Postma, provided a framework for the presentation of fifteen works on different formats and on different screens.

NN Art Award

For the fourth year in a row the NN Art Award was rewarded. With this price, the NN Group has turned the spotlight on talents and exceptional quality of Dutch art academies. The four nominees for this year’s edition were: Natalia Jordanova, Structura Gallery (Sofia, Bulgaria), Ana Navas, tegenboschvanvreden (Amsterdam), Noor Nuyten, Upstream Gallery (Amsterdam) and Koen Taselaar, Cokkie Snoei (Rotterdam). The 2020 winner was Katja Mater.


The new Performance Show took place at AVL Mundo/Atelier Van Lieshout, a stone’s throw away from Van Nellefabriek. The curator of this varied and ongoing artistic programme was Zippora Elders, artistic director of Kunstfort, Vijfhuizen. The  programme included a selection from a international galleries, performance collectives, and museums. The Performance Show was an initiative of Art Rotterdam in collaboration with Atelier Van Lieshout, Witte de With and is supported by Rotterdam Festivals and Stichting Droom en Daad.

About Art Rotterdam

Art Rotterdam is one of the main artfairs in the Netherlands. It offers an annual stage to the newest developments in visual art. The focus on recent art, the variety of different sections, the connection with the city of Rotterdam and the fascinating location give Art

Rotterdam a unique atmosphere. The fair was organized in the former Van Nelle factory, considered the most important industrial monument in the Netherlands. This is also recognized worldwide as such when it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2014. It was designed by Leendert van der Vlugt from the architectural firm Brinkman & Van der Vlugt in collaboration with constructor Jan Wiebenga, is a textbook example of new building.