Taal Tour – English

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Calling all English-speaking art enthusiasts! Our next English tour for the spring program of Kunstinstituut Melly is happening on Friday 10 May at 7 pm during Kunstavond.

Join us on an artful journey led by our art mediator Jo who will be your guide as you explore the exhibitions My Oma and Bewaard.

My Oma

By looking at the grandmother as a crucial figure in time, she introduces different types of knowledge for us to explore, translated in many different stories and shapes. This knowledge is passed down through generations, like family heirlooms and recipes, as well as more abstract ideas like comparing life to the flow of a river or creating stories in our imagination. With My Oma, we want to understand what this grandmother figure can represent and how she fits into discussions about different cultural heritage and family stories.

In the exhibition, both new artworks created for this occasion and important artworks made from 2000 until today are present. My Oma and its related events are organized around four main research questions. These questions help us decide which artists and artworks to include in the exhibition and determine the themes we'll explore during the tour.


Sijben Rosa (they/them) is a Dutch artist interested in how creating objects and choreographing situations around them can foster social connection. Bewaard (Kept) is the outcome of Sijben’s months-long, community-oriented commission. For this, they collaborated with four people in The Netherlands whose sense of mortality is heightened due to aging or illness.

This tour is part of our Taal Tour program. For My Oma, Taal Tours offer is especially relevant considering the focus on immigration and the increasingly diverse demographic of Rotterdam. The city’s population exists out of more than 170 nationalities and Dutch, English, Turkish, and Papiamentu are the primary languages of our city.