Saturday’s train journey took us to Rotterdam’s Kunsthal to catch the Edvard Munch exhibition (ends 20 Feb 2011). Last time I was in Rotterdam (just over a year ago) it was a dark-and-gloomy-depths-of-winter-kind-of-day. Not so on Saturday – although it was admittedly ICY cold (minus temps with added wind-chill! Brrrr…) it was a dazzlingly sunny day and the sky was a crisp and cloud-free blue. In a word, beautiful!

So, after viewing the Munch exhibition, we took a long, meandering walk through the city and encountered art and artistry, of one kind or another, at every turn…

left: It’s the year of the rabbit! Here’s a nice tubby one, from a group of three that frolic on the lawn outside the Kunsthal (‘Rabbits’, 2003, by Tom Claassen)
right: Dante Horoiwa‘s mural, painted as part of the ‘Reflexo on Urban Art‘ festival in 2009 (and would ya look at the colour of that sky!!)

Kunsthal colours & angles
(Kunsthal building designed by Rem Koolhaas, 1992)

Danny de Cactus’ window display… for all your succulent needs  |
Beautifully subtle roosting chicken detail in the Horoiwa mural

Optical…

Raising the Euromast Tower above one’s head (or, in this case, one of one’s five heads) appears to be heavy, grimace-inducing work (graf by Ox-Alien)

Bovine brickwork  |
Wonderfully tactile felted & woven wall-covering in the Kunsthal’s café (where, incidentally, they serve a very fine fresh mint tea and lemon cake!)

Also meandering…