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Inaugurated in 2021, 84 STEPS features projects conceived at the intersection of art and education. This page includes a general introduction to this long-term and evolving initiative; additional pages linked here provide information on each participating artist and commission; links to related public programs can be found here, too.

84 STEPS occupies an entire floor of Kunstinstituut Melly. It features a constellation of specially commissioned artworks and environments. The installations are regularly activated in different ways by the participating artists, as well as our institution's programming team and guest participants. The work and events within 84 STEPS gives special attention to the relation between physical and mental architectures, as much as with interpretations of personal and social health. These relations are actively explored through programs organized in seasonal thematic clusters. At present, the theme is on Care for Justice.

The name 84 STEPS alludes to the number of steps that connect the building's ground floor to this third-floor gallery. This transformation of a white-cube gallery into a dynamic space for socializing art follows our 2018 makeover of the ground floor gallery, MELLY. This approach to exhibition-making emphasizes an ongoing interest in developing new forms of public engagement with art, and no less of articulating embodied knowledge and shared experiences with art.

To date, 84 STEPS has included works by Afra Eisma, The Feminist Health Care Research Group (Inga Zimprich), Moosje M Goosen and Daily Practice (Suzanne Weenink), Domenico Mangano & Marieke van Rooy, Raja’a Khalid, Lisa Tan, and RA Walden. Since 6 May 2022, the installations by Mangano & van Rooy, as well as RA Walden, are exchanged with a new work by Alma Heikkilä and one by Maike Hemmers.

The artists have been commissioned by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy and Rosa de Graaf, with Wendy van Slagmaat Bos and Julija Mockutė. The programs within 84 STEPS include Trainings organized by Aqueene Wilson and Veronika Babayan, as well as Forums, Workshops, and myriad events organized by Vivian Ziherl, Jessy Koeiman, involving health experts, wellness practitioners, healers, and activists, amongst others.

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2021: OUTSETGoethe Institut Rotterdam
2022: Frame Finlandifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)Goethe Institut RotterdamStokroos Foundation, and IASPIS

 

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From Wednesday, May 11 through Thursday, May 19, our elevator will be out of service due to maintenance. That week our exhibitions can only be reached via the stairwell. We apologize for any inconvenience.