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From 11 to 14 July 2019 Neuhaus hosts Midnight Sunburn, the graduation show of students of the two-year MFA programme (Master of Fine Art) at the Piet Zwart Institute. 

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


"Midnight Sunburn, a 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 is a title that spontaneously suggests the ability to bring together polar 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." 

More information will follow soon via the websites of Piet Zwart and MAMA.

Willem de Kooning Graduation Show 2019

Midnight Sunburn is part of the Graduation Show 2019 of the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam.  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 on the WdKA website.

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.

Midnight Sunburn - Event Schedule

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

Official Opening, 19:00 – 22:00 hours
(exhibition is open from 11:00 onwards)

19:15 hours
Welcome by Nathalie Hartjes (curator) & Vivian Sky Rehberg (course director)

Teddy Coste, ‘Eat it Before You Start Tripping!’
@ HNI Café (pond)

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

Merve Kılıçer, ‘Bodies in Volution & Volitional Act #1’
in collaboration with Viviana Fabiano and Elise Maniere as "Eggs&Coins/Midnight Monkeys Collective"@2nd Floor

Bobby Sayers, ‘The Homeless Troubadour’
gather @2nd Floor

21: 30
Teddy Coste, 'Meeting Robert’
@ 2nd Floor

Friday 12 July
Bobby Sayers, ‘The Homeless Troubadour’
gather @2nd Floor (13:15 @ Museumpark)

Saturday 13 July
Merve Kılıçer, ‘Bodies in Volution & Volitional Act #1’
in collaboration with Viviana Fabiano and Elise Maniere as "Eggs&Coins/Midnight Monkeys Collective"
@2nd Floor

Teddy Coste, ‘Eat it Before You Start Tripping!’
@ HNI Café (pond)

Bobby Sayers, ‘The Homeless Troubadour’
gather @2nd Floor  (13:30 @ Schouwburgplein)

Teddy Coste, 'Meeting Robert’
@2nd Floor

also this evening

Opening Just Hanging Out 

Opening Sacred Hill

18:30-19:30 Mutant Futures: design and mythopoeisis in posthuman times

18:00-00:00 Summer Special 

18:00-20:00 Special Thursday Bite (special BBQ) by Syrian chef Maher al Sabbagh

Museum is free of charge from 17:00-21:00 


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


With a wristband (available at the registration desk) entrance to this show is free.

Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.