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


Rotterdamthe art collection of is valued at over $ 4.1 million and was organized by Oslobased on YSA design and Londonbased at ArtLink, which collaborated with renowned hotel design studio Tihany Design. The result is a museum at sea with 2,645 pieces of various works ranging in value from $ 500 To $ 620,000 which 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, United States and UK. 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 most recent 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 rated at $ 620,000.
  • The smallest works are from Betty Pepper, which 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 elite photographers and most collectors of the 20th century .
  • The youngest artist is Leva Berlande. The 31-year-old rising artist is a student of Latvia and has a painting shown in the Neptune Room.
  • Like at Rudi Sea salt to Nieuw Statendam, Chef that of Rudi Sodamin son and emerging artist Magnus Sodamin created a visually stimulating mural that adorns the wall of his father’s namesake specialty restaurant the Rotterdam. Called “Oceans Feast”, the work is 23 feet long and 3.6 feet high.
  • italian artist Federico picci contributes to the conversation starters that magically tie 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 a dazzling illuminated crystal “Key” created by the Dutch artist. Hans van Bentem for deck 3, amidships. The piece is valued at $ 27,000.
  • Considered among the most avant-garde pieces in the collection is a fiberglass sculpture of an otter in the hall of the rear stairwell on Deck 9 by the 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 Vacation” through 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 at Almine Rech’s galleries in Paris and Brussels, and now Holland America Line guests can enjoy its captivating art.
  • Yongsun Jang, from the Republic of Korea, welds cross sections of stainless steel pipe to form clusters 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 assertive.

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.

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