When I was about 6 years old, my mother bought me black patent leather loafers. Not because she wanted to, she thought they were hideous. But I couldn't help it, to me they were love at first sight. And I made sure they were placed on my night table, so I could see them before I fell asleep. And the next morning those black patent leather loafers were the first thing I put on.
Let me take you back to the present. I have about 20 pairs of shoes. None of them are patent leather, I prefer practical over prettiness and all are still flat soled. My boyfriend has 3 pairs of shoes. He is okay with wearing one pair almost every day. I, on the other hand, wear shoes according to my mood or I wear the ones which I think complement my outfit best. I do not think I am a shoe addict though, I have friends who have more pairs of shoes and prettier less comforting ones as well. Yet shoes are an object of interest and of joy to me. So when I heard of the exhibition S.H.O.E.S. in the "Kunsthal" in Rotterdam, I wanted to go and see it!
Welcome to Rotterdam!
Rotterdam is a city I do not visit often. But, the redesigned train station, a new artwork waiting to be discovered on almost every corner and the museum 'Kunsthal' all took my breath away. I enjoyed every nanosecond of this visit.
One of the great things of this exhibition is that it is the first MaakMee exhibition. Translated to English MaakMee means to cocreate. People could choose from 3 subjects online and after the subject shoes was chosen they could cocreate the name and contents. The exhibition is small, at some times disorienting but the amount of pretty interesting shoes made me feel that this visit was worthwhile. If you want to see it too, it runs till May 11th this year.
Clockwise: A selection of photographs taken on the street last summer. Slipper (1930) by Andre Perugia, Me watching the black suede pumps Monica (2012) by Olivia Cognet dancing in the movie [L]imitation by Conny Jansen Danst. Black Suede pump with heel of silver metal vines (1857-1959) by Holmes.
Blow by Kobi Levi
Clockwise: Gold Digger, Hot Bitch & The Boss by Sebastian Errazuriz. The two boots on the left are by Helena Angelique and the two on right are by Inge Helena Rietjens. Quote by Bette Midler. Cry Baby by Sebastian Errazuriz.
Clogs by Viktor & Rolf
A nice surprise which brought me unexpected joy was the exhibition Forever Young. Photographer Martijn van de Griendt shares a diversity of worldwide teen cultures through time. Oh boy, the memories popping up while watching these pictures...
Does it say I love you Joy on his arm?