About Portscapes 2

Why Portscapes?

Since September 2008 the Port of Rotterdam Authority has been working on expanding Rotterdam port, by far the largest port in Europe. A large area of land to the west of the existing port is being reclaimed from the sea, increasing the size of the port by 20 per cent. The construction of this second Maasvlakte is the reason why the Port of Rotterdam Authority is collaborating with SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain on this massive art project. TAAK took over SKOR's activities in the summer of 2012.

The Portscapes project was initiated to use art to investigate the manifold meanings relating to this ambitious land reclamation project. For as long as the Maasvlakte 2 area is unused there literally is enough time and space to allow our imaginations free reign. Several artists were invited to develop their ideas in relation to the physical characteristics of this newly reclaimed area. Portscapes was an artistic voyage of discovery into the architectonic, political, social and ecological past, present and future of the Rotterdam port.

Portscapes 1

In 2009 and 2010 SKOR and the curatorial duo Latitudes from Barcelona oversaw Portscapes 1. About a dozen international artists created a kind of cultural travel guide of the port area, with Maasvlakte 2 as the focal point, using temporary artworks.

Portscapes 2

After the success of Portscapes 1, the Port of Rotterdam Authority decided to once again invite artists to interact with Maasvlakte 2’s new landscape. For this phase, artists were asked to create a permanent or semi-permanent work for the location. After a rigorous selection procedure four ambitious projects were selected, which were be realized in the period 2011 to 2013 


For Portscapes 2 four artists are selected to realize a project:

Jan Konings
Fritz Haeg
Tomas Saraceno