Ballads @ Submarine Wharf
2 June - 30 September 2012
The Submarine Wharf in Rotterdam's docklands is currently undergoing a true transformation. The construction of the various monumental sculptures that make up Sarkis' installation Ballads, commissioned by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Port of Rotterdam, is almost finished. They include an 18-metre bell tower and a 16-meter lampshade in which a spotlight rises and falls to the rhythm of the artist's breathing.
This summer the Submarine Wharf on the RDM Campus is presenting the installation Ballads by Sarkis (born 1938). The building's original function—submarines were once built here—and the surrounding water are central to the installation. Sarkis unites the building's past and present, creating an extraordinary experience for the visitor with monumental objects, music, and coloured films that filter the daylight like a modern variant of stained-glass windows. Sarkis is the third artist that Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Port of Rotterdam have invited to make an installation in the Submarine Wharf.