“Spijker Passie” duotentoonstelling Sam Cruden/ Arie vd Berg

Afgelopen zaterdag 24 februari was het een feestje op de Wolphaertsbocht: een drukbezochte opening van de nieuwe denim-maatjes Sam en Arie! Precies op de openingstijd van 17.00u was het al een aanzwellende menigte die enthousiast van broek naar tas en de unieke kunstwerken liep. Veel nieuwkomers in de ruimte, geïnteresseerden van de andere kant van de Maas. We vertrouwen erop dat ze niet teleurgesteld waren gezien het vele lachen, zoenen, drinken en eindeloos praten. Zegt het voort, zegt het voort. De expositie is nog te zien t/m 9 mrt en Arie zal in levende lijve elke do t/m zon van 10.00-17.00u aanwezig zijn met naaimachine om op verzoek je eigen jeans te herstellen!! Alleen dat al is een bezoek waard, ook zonder broek of jasje.

Wees welkom en deel de spijkerpassie van Sam en Arie.

Warme groet Sam, Arie, Ivo en Nicole

"Phantombodies" solo exhibition Welmoed Bosch

Op 20 januari openden de deuren van Nieuw Charlois voor de bezoekers van de opening van Welmoed Bosch. Welmoed heeft mode gestudeerd en kan technisch de meest gecompliceerde patronen maken en haar ontwerpen in de best uitgekozen stoffen uitvoeren. Nu ze de kans kreeg in een expositieruimte haar werk te tonen heeft ze zich voornamelijk bezig gehouden met het fenomeen van het presenteren van kleding zonder mens of mannequin. Het werk is hierdoor een autonome kant opgegaan, die haar zelf ook verrast heeft. De bezoeker waant zich tussen de ‘fantoomlijven’, waaraan nog zichtbaar is waar op het lijf het zou horen, maar die als een verlaten schelp aan een draadje hangen als een nabeeld.

Nog dit weekend is het werk te zien. Wees welkom op de finissage op zaterdag 17 februari voor een borrel tussen 17.00 en 19.00u!

Warm regards, Welmoed, Ivo and Nicole

“Merged by Gravity” solo exhibition Floor Merjenburgh

Last Saturday, October 28, the door opened to those interested in the work of Floor Merjenburgh. For the first time, an artist from outside Rotterdam was presented. Floor first completed a technical training; the IPO (industrial product design), and then felt the need to become more skilled in a more artistic, free way of working. She graduated this summer from the University of the Arts in Utrecht with autonomous ceramic work. During the interview with Margriet Vollenberg (coach/founder Organization in Design and Joinanew), Floor patiently explained how the process from liquid casting clay to solidified shapes works. There are many moments that cannot be completely controlled, but as you go along and after many failures, Floor is now really in control. One coincidental factor remains constantly present in her work: the gravity of the two shapes that she allows to fall on each other. It is also the most important characteristic of the work, which you as a viewer can associate with many memories (such as wet textiles or collapsed sand castles on the beach).

Please try to come by and enjoy this. The exhibition runs until November 25.

Warm regards, Floor, Ivo and Nicole

“Mycelium Media” solo exhibition Mingus Janssen

After a working period of almost three months, the time had come to open the door to those interested in the summer guest 2023: Mingus Janssen. Mingus has used the warm summer to work intensively on a new installation: the office of Mycelium Media publishers. If the artist was not at work and the door was closed, there was always the opportunity to peek in through the peepholes in front of the window. Your eyes then met a correspondent dressed entirely in newspapers, busy writing articles.

During the work period, tables, walls and even a trolley disappeared under the newspaper and magazine clippings. A manually operated billboard also appeared with a double message about the disappearance of plant and animal species.

The photos provide an overview of the start on July 7, the official opening on September 10 (when the temperature literally rose) and the finissage on October 20 (when the rain poured down again). Keep following him, this Mingus!

Warm regards Mingus, Ivo en Nicole

“Sequencing” solo exhibition Jelmer Noordeman

The opening of Jelmer's exhibition in Nieuw Charlois was on May 27, 2023. The sun was shining and the visitors especially made it a party. On the walls 10 intense, labor-intensive paintings that make your eyes vibrate and fuel your greed. A good turnout with lots of family and friends and a delicious black cocktail.

A week and a half later there was an artist talk with Jelmer, after we had gone up to the roof of the Zuidplein shopping center (Bovenop Zuid) with an interested group. Throughout the month of June, you can take a tour of almost 1 km past site-specific work by around 40 artists as part of 'the Rotterdam Roof Days'. Well worth it, so make sure you don't miss it! Open every day from 10am - 8pm.

Warm regards Jelmer, Ivo en Nicole

“Gouwe kinderen” Mikolaj in cooperation with Suzanne

On Liberation Day, May 5, 2023, the exhibition of Charloisse's budding artist Mikolaj Stojanowicz was opened, who was disturbed by the deplorable state of a photo banner on a blank wall in his street. There are Gouwe children in the photo, photographed 18 years ago by photographer Suzanne Liem. Mikolaj has conceived the plan to once again portray the children around the Gouwstraat with Suzanne and to create a new work of art that can replace the worn out work.

In Nieuw Charlois you can see the series of children who now play and live in the street. Mikolaj made blind prints on gold paper of the photos that Suzanne took again. The new banner will be placed on the wall later this year.

Warm regards Mikolaj, Ivo and Nicole

“South Explorer salon” various artists from the South

Last Friday, April 21, 2023, was the opening of the retrospective exhibition of a large number of artists participating in the 10th edition of the famous South Explorer. Everyone was allowed to submit a work of maximum 40x40x40 cm and we tried to bring them together in the best possible way. Sometimes by theme, sometimes by color, sometimes by shape. The result was impressive. Many artists came to take a look themselves and in the two days that followed, many art lovers visited our place during their cultural tour. And this despite the bleak, wet weather.

It shows that there is a lot of beauty to see and experience on the south side of the Maas, which is also increasingly being discovered by 'northerners'. South Explorer is here to stay!

Warm regards, Ivo and Nicole

“Paint. Things” solo exhibition Laurien Dumbar

Last Saturday, March 18, was the opening of Laurien Dumbar's exhibition. Her works hung beautifully and serenely on the wall and freely in the room. When you walk outside, the blue of her prints automatically draws you in. There was a lot of attention for the work and everyone saw something different in it. It is always surprising that each artist brings his/her own audience along. The reputation of the Nieuw Charlois platform is therefore growing steadily. Thank you all for coming, comments, attention and purchases!

The exhibition can be seen until April 15, 2023.

One of Laurien's works can be admired until April 10 at Banhof, Baan 159 Rotterdam on Sat & Sun from 12:00 - 18:00.

Warm regards, Ivo and Nicole


Open call

Nieuw Charlois is the Platform for Art and Design in Rotterdam Oud Charlois. The space offers a program in which artists are given the opportunity to show and/or create new work. Installations, solo exhibitions and group presentations are created in this way on average eight times a year. The focus is on artists from Rotterdam South and Rotterdam.
This year we are looking for the Summer Guest 2023, who will work in Nieuw Charlois in July and August and then exhibit there in September.

We offer:

  • The Nieuw Charlois space of 50 m2, Wolphaertsbocht 81 Rotterdam
  • Material allowance of €500
  • Printed matter in the form of a postcard
  • PR via newsletter and social media
  • Opening of the exhibition in early September

We ask:

  • A Rotterdam based artist with a motivated plan for an installation, new work that would otherwise not be created and is crying out to be realized now.
  • Open studio for invited guests once or twice during the two working months.
  • An exhibition of the work in the month of September.
  • Leaving the space in its original state.

Send your CV, motivation and plan to welkom@nieuwcharlois

Deadline: 1st of May 2023

Warm regards, Ivo and Nicole

“orchestrating coincidence” exhibition of Liza Wolters & Hilde Onis

Last Sunday, January 15, was the opening of Liza and Hilde's exhibition. From 4 p.m. it was immediately full with a new and especially young audience. The space exudes a very serene atmosphere and everyone carefully walked past and under the fragile works. There was much admiration for the refined and well-thought-out work and the approach to the space, divided by a curtain with text, was also appreciated.

It is with great pleasure and pride that we will welcome everyone to Nieuw Charlois in the coming weeks (until February 25). During Art Rotterdam we are included in organized rides to and from all participating locations in the city. Do not miss it…

Warm regards, Ivo and Nicole

“the small art collection” Sales exhibition

For the festive month of December, we came up with the idea of ​​really setting up a 'shop' with works by all the artists who have presented at Nieuw Charlois in the past year and a half.

It was a resounding success: a lot was sold and finally the art-unaccustomed passerby felt attracted to drop in. There was a lot of feeling, looking, doubting, trying on... and often something went into the bag. There were also people who bought a thick sweater at an ice-cold Christmas market on the Wolphaertsbocht on December 10. All in all, the start of a tradition during the festive month if it were up to us.

Warm regards, Ivo and Nicole

“the great sweater show” Verkoop-exhibition

The very last knitted sweaters from Loes Veenstra will be for sale from November 9 to 26, 2022!

It's incredible when you think about it: Loes has let so many beautiful sweaters slide off her knitting needles. No openwork pattern was too difficult for her, no color combination too crazy... There is something for everyone. What you find very ugly, someone else grabs from the rack with a big smile.

So feel free to visit Nieuw Charlois and be surprised by the sea of ​​colors. A sweater or cardigan with long sleeves costs €50.00, a sweater with short sleeves is €40.00 and sleeveless €30.00. The book, designed by Christien Meinderstsma, which contains more than 550 sweaters, is also for sale here (€30.00).

Don't wait too long... winter is approaching and the expensive heating needs to be turned on again.


Warm regards, Ivo and Nicole

“the great sweater show”

What a day that was last Saturday, November 5, during the sweater show in Pompstraat 44!!

We roped in 12 models (neighbourhoods/friends/family) to walk the catwalk of Persian carpets. In the back of the wood shop, 120 sweaters were displayed and hung on racks in order. The models received a crash course in "walking" from Ariënne Sillié to the beats of DJ Sergio (Yellow heats).

By 4 p.m., nerves were still coursing through the crew's bodies... will there be enough people? And will it go well?

Ten minutes later the spectators poured in in large numbers and the party could begin. Spectacular to see how the sweaters were then professionally shown in color groups. The audience cheered and applauded wildly, and rightly so. As is the case with fashion shows, they are over far too quickly and your eyes have been working overtime. But the goal was achieved: people flew onto the tables and racks with sweaters. There was no fighting over a nice copy. Loes Veenstra would have been proud.

While enjoying a salad and soup, about 40 sweaters were sold that afternoon and satisfied customers walked out the door smiling with a Loes sweater. From November 9 to November 26, the remaining jerseys can be purchased at Nieuw Charlois at Wolphaertsbocht 81.

Warm regards, Ivo and Nicole

“from green to blue to gray to black” Patrícia Pinheiro de Sousa

Patrícia had a beautifully subdued presentation of her video film “Subnautica” on Sunday, October 30, 2022.

An interested audience traveled underwater on the Portuguese coast, where Patrícia showed a fantasy world of creatures trying to survive the extracted lithium. Her work often refers to the extraction of minerals in mines and the harmful results thereof for people and nature.

Her book “From green to blue to gray to back” was unfortunately delayed at the printer, but the collages used in the book could still be admired.

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