Matt’s Wuthering Arts #5: The Cube Houses of Rotterdam (Piet Blom, 1984)

This year, I was invited once again to attend to International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands. To be honest, I didn’t feel like going, not least of all because I actually had only been invited for three nights, which is far too short a time to do any proper interview-based coverage. Nevertheless convinced myself to o by promising myself that for the first time in six years I would visit a museum in the city and take some time for myself.

When I found out that the Bojimans museums, the biggest museum in the city, was closed due to renovations, I was incredibly disappointed. Even more so when I realised that with only less than two hours to spare, I would never make it to a nearby museum and take in any artwork properly the way I like to. But I was not disheartened, as I also realised that this series should not be restricted to artworks that exist in a museum. Art is everywhere, including the outdoors and even just outside the city where you live.

Rotterdam happens to be a fascinating city architecturally speaking. After it was basically torn down during the second world war, the people of Rotterdam decided to build it and make it better. And so, it became a tapestry of modern architecture of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. One of the most notable sights within this landscape are The Cube Houses, designed by Piet Blom. Work on them was finalized in 1984 and they represent his personal concept on architecture. On this video, I give a brief overview of its history and talk a little bit about this concept, with references to the inside of the houses as well.

Matt’s Wuthering Arts is a series of videos where I spotlight a single artwork and briefly talk about an individual artist or art movement. These are starting points with which I hope to inspire people to open their eyes and be aware of the wonders of art exploration and discovery.

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