Holland America Line’s Rotterdam sets sail with world-class floating art gallery valued at over $ 4.1 million


Holland America Line’s Rotterdam sets sail with world-class floating art gallery valued at over $ 4.1 million

Over 2,500 pieces from dozens of global artists enhance ship design

Seattle, Washington, October 27, 2021 – Holland America Line ships have long been regarded as floating art galleries for their vast collections of museum-quality pieces. When Rotterdam sets sail for the first time on October 20, 2021, guests are ready for a visually enriching journey with some of the fleet’s most stimulating, striking and daring pieces – including historical works and memorabilia from the old twin ships though- loved.
RotterdamThe art collection is valued at over $ 4.1 million and was curated by Oslo-based YSA Design and London-based ArtLink, who collaborated with renowned hotel design studio Tihany Design. The result is an offshore museum with 2,645 pieces of various works ranging in value from $ 500 to $ 620,000 that spans decks, public rooms and cabins.
More than 37 nationalities are represented by Rotterdamartists from, with the largest number of contributors coming from the Netherlands, the United States and the United Kingdom. The artists also come from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Republic of Korea, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.

Many pieces focus on entertainment, featuring themes of music, dance and movement, weaving the ship’s narrative from a “new cruise sound” into art. Works are in many media including photography, painting, mixed media, illustration, print and sculpture.

Holland America Line story finds a home on Rotterdam
Holland America Line’s newest Rotterdam is the seventh ship in the fleet to bear this name, and some earlier works of art by Rotterdam VI, who left the company in 2020, have found a new home in the new construction. Eight historical paintings are now on Rotterdam, including representations of Rotterdam I, Rotterdam II, Rotterdam III, Rotterdam IV and Rotterdam V. The ship also hosts three previous Rotterdam ship models, and the bell of Rotterdam VI can be found in the Crow’s Nest.

Fun facts, numbers and highlights RotterdamArt collection from:

  • The largest and most expensive piece is “Harps”, a 7.5-ton stainless steel sculpture in the atrium that spans three decks. With dynamic point lighting in changing colors and a mirrored ceiling, the artwork is a striking focal point on board. “Harps” was produced and designed by ArtLink, based on a concept from Tihany Design. It is valued at $ 620,000.

  • The smaller works are by Betty Pepper, who uses reworked books and adds intricate details and scenes made from old maps. They can be seen in the front stairwell between decks 7 and 8. The extremely small elements are a testament to Pepper’s ability to work at a scale that few artists can master.

  • Each of the stairwells has a theme that runs from top to bottom. The theme of the front staircase is architecture, the central staircase is music, and the rear staircase is zoology.

  • The oldest artist is Baron Wolman (deceased), born 1937. The native of the United States was the chief photographer of Rolling Stone magazine from 1967 until the late 1970s. He was ranked among the photographers elite and most collectors of the 20th century.

  • The youngest artist is Leva Berlande. The 31-year-old rising artist is a Latvian student and has a painting on display in the Neptune Salon.

  • As for Rudi’s Sea Salt on Nieuw Statendam, the son of chef Rudi Sodamin and emerging artist Magnus Sodamin created a visually stimulating mural that adorns the wall of his father’s specialty restaurant the Rotterdam. Called “Oceans Feast”, the work is 23 feet long and 3.6 feet high.

  • Italian artist Federico Picci helps start conversations that magically fit into the design of the ship. His photographs capture what music would look like if we could not only listen to it, but also see it. In one image, balloons float out of a piano, representing the evanescence of something that evaporates into the air when it is created, such as the sound element.

  • One of the most striking and expensive pieces is an illuminated and dazzling crystal ‘clef’ (treble clef) created by Dutch artist Hans van Bentem for Deck 3, amidships. The coin is valued at $ 27,000.

  • Considered one of the most avant-garde pieces in the collection, the fiberglass sculpture of an otter in the rear staircase hall of Deck 9 by Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel. San Miguel is known for its distinctive style of colorful geometric patterns that depict animals, skulls, religious iconography, and human figures.

  • In the boarding area is a work entitled “Billie Holiday” by Ani Abakumova. It is made up of 3 miles of threads – 8,000 total threads. Abakumova’s husband is a mathematician who developed an algorithm that allows him to create images from threads that change color without using paint.

  • One of the most valuable works is a mixed media work on canvas in the lobby of the front stairwell on Deck 8 by Mehdi Ghadyanloo, an Iranian artist, painter and muralist known for his gigantic trompe-style murals -the eye. Ghadyanloo recently had solo exhibitions in Almine Rech’s galleries in Paris and Brussels, and now Holland America Line guests can enjoy his captivating art.

  • Yongsun Jang from the Republic of Korea welds cross sections of stainless steel pipe to form groups of “cells,” then put them together to represent different organic beings. For Rotterdam, he created cello and pan flute sculptures for the BB King’s Blues Club / Lincoln Center Stage space.

  • Lisa Krannichfield’s vibrant work is on display in Club Orange’s specialty restaurant. Her pieces merge the line between masculine and feminine and explore what it means to be fashionable and to make a statement.

Art on board Rotterdam includes one of the finest collections at sea. Guests can admire the decks inside and out and discover works inspired by a global assembly of emerging artists who share the spaces alongside some of the talented the most famous in the world.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos of selected pieces of RotterdamThe artwork is available here: https://www.cruiseimagelibrary.com/c/9z4dygit.

For more information on Holland America Line, consult a travel counselor, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.

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About the Holland America line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
Holland America Line has been exploring the world since 1873 and was the first cruise line to offer adventures in Alaska and the Yukon almost 75 years ago. Its fleet of premium vessels visit nearly 400 ports in 114 countries around the world, providing an ideal experience for midsize vessels. A third Pinnacle class ship, Rotterdam, joined the fleet in July 2021.

A leader in premium cruising, Holland America Line ships offer innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on destination exploration and personalized travel. The best live music at sea fills up every night at Music Walk, and restaurants offer exclusive selections from Holland America Line’s renowned Culinary Council, made up of world-renowned chefs.

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