The collections of the Chabot Museum and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen come together in a very special way in the exhibition ‘Branding Rotterdam’ at the Chabot Museum as part of ‘Boijmans Next Door’.

In ‘Branding Rotterdam’ the European avant-garde is explored in paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints through the lens of De Branding (The Surf), an artists’ group based in Rotterdam from 1917 to 1926. The exhibition runs from 19 March to 1 September.

The exhibition is devoted to the artists’ association De Branding (The Surf), which was active in Rotterdam during the interwar years from 1917 to 1926. Through the connections of the group’s initiators, including Paul Citroen and Kurt Schwitters, De Branding formed an important link in the development of modern art at the beginning of the twentieth century: a tumultuous period in Rotterdam that was dominated by artists’ initiatives and the art trade. These artists represented a new voice that sought innovation, change and new visual idioms that could contribute to a new world. It was an iconic period that ended more than a decade before the construction of Museum Boijmans on its present location on the Museumpark.