Atelier Van Lieshout puts on first exhibition in former submarine shed.

April-13-2010 - This summer, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will magically transform an empty shed into the largest exhibition space in the Netherlands. From May to the end of September, a renowned artist will have the chance to put on a high-profile exhibition in the Onderzeebootloods (submarine shed) at the RDM site (Heijplaat). Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has invited Atelier Van Lieshout to kick off on 29 May 2010.

This new, temporary exhibition space in Rotterdam will make a visit to the city and the port even more appealing. The Onderzeebootloods, which dates back to 1937, is comparable in size to the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in London. In this shed, which covers close on 5000m2, Rotterdam’s Atelier Van Lieshout will create a themed exhibition comprising a large number of sculptures.

The exhibition in the Onderzeebootloods is a collaborative project between the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The Port of Rotterdam Authority initiated this collaboration and asked Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen to organise the exhibition by Atelier Van Lieshout. At the moment, a lot of work is going into transforming the empty shed at the RDM site into an exhibition space that will be unique for the Netherlands.

The Onderzeebootloods is one of the initiatives of the Port of Rotterdam Authority to bring a broad public into contact with the port. The port is not only a place for industry and the transhipment of goods, but also has many other sides to it. The Onderzeebootloods is part of the former Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij (RDM) on Heijplaat.

The RDM complex is a little jewel in the port. The industrial heritage from the first half of the last century is currently being redeveloped. The focus here is on education, innovative firms and culture. The idea is to organise a major exhibition by an internationally significant contemporary artist in the Onderzeebootloods more often during the summer in the coming years.

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