Rotterdam’s $ 4.1 million art collection a multimedia extravaganza



The multimedia collection was curated by Oslo-based YSA Design and London-based ArtLink, which collaborated with Tihany Design. The result is a museum at sea with 2,645 diverse works ranging in value from $ 500 to $ 620,000 in public spaces and cabins.

More than 37 nationalities are represented by Rotterdam artists, with the largest number of contributors coming from the Netherlands, the United States and the United Kingdom.

works of old Rotterdam ships

This is the seventh ship in the Holland America fleet to bear the Rotterdam name. Some works of art from Rotterdam VI, which left the company in 2020, have a new home on this latest ship. Eight historical paintings are now on Rotterdam, including depictions of Rotterdam I, Rotterdam II, Rotterdam III, Rotterdam IV and Rotterdam V.

The ship is also home to three previous Rotterdam ship models, and the Rotterdam VI bell can be found in the Crow’s Nest.


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. It was produced and designed by ArtLink, based on a concept by Tihany Design, and 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 are visible in the front stairwell between decks 7 and 8.

Each of the stairwells has a theme: architecture, music or zoology.

As with Rudi’s Sea Salt on Nieuw Statendam, the son of chef Rudi Sodamin and emerging artist Magnus Sodamin created a mural that adorns the wall of his father’s specialty restaurant in Rotterdam. ‘Oceans Feast’ is 23 feet long and 3.6 feet tall.

Italian artist Federico Picci helped spark the conversation around the ship’s design, imagining what the music would look like if it could be seen. In one image, balloons emerge from a piano.

One of the most striking and expensive pieces is a dazzling illuminated crystal ‘clef’ (treble clef) 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.

In the boarding area is Ani Abakumova’s “Billie Holiday”, made up of three miles of threads, 8,000 threads in total and created using an algorithm. One of the most valuable works is a mixed media piece on canvas in the lobby of the front stairwell on Deck 8 by Mehdi Ghadyanloo, an Iranian artist known for his gigantic trompe-l’oeil-style murals .

The cello and pan flute sculptures for the BB King’s Blues Club / Lincoln Center Stage space were created by Korean artist Yongsun Jang.



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