Press Release

On Friday, January 20, Kunstinstituut Melly in Rotterdam will inaugurate exhibitions featuring works by Dutch artist Jennifer Tee, German artist Anna Witt, and Indonesian artist collective Tromarama. The solo exhibition of Jennifer Tee marks the first occasion that the artist’ complete Tampan Tulip collage series is presented in its totality.



International exhibitions

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Jennifer Tee, Still Shifting, Mother Field

Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

20.01 - 21.05.2023




Newly commissioned artworks, including a performance, ceramics, and textiles, are presented in this major solo exhibition by Dutch artist Jennifer Tee. Still Shifting, Mother Field also brings together the artist's complete Tampan Tulip series for the first time. These are twelve large collages created from pressed tulip petals. The compositions picture abstract patterns and design motifs drawn from Tampan weavings (ceremonial textiles), found in the Lampung region of southern Sumatra. As with many of the original textiles, Tee’ collages often include shipping imagery, making reference to maritime trade, as well as ancestral and celestial beings. Tampan patterns also inform the series of shrouds displayed in the exhibition. During the course of the exhibition, the shrouds will be worn by dancers during performances held in the gallery.

Kunstinstituut Melly is the new name of the institution formerly known as Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. Conceived as an art house in Rotterdam, its mission is to present and discuss the work created by visual artists from here and afar.

Kunstinstituut Melly is supported by the city of Rotterdam and the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science. Additional support is provided by the Hartwig Art Foundation and Stichting Droom en Daad. The solo exhibition of Jennifer Tee and new commission by Sijben Rosa are supported by Ammodo. Tee’ exhibition, co-presented with Vienna Secession, is additionally supported by the Henry Moore Foundation, Mondriaan Fund, and Stichting Jaap Harten Fonds.

Exhibition 20 January -21 May 2023. Kunstinstituut Melly, Witte de Withstraat 50 - 3012 BR Rotterdam (The Netherlands). T +31 10 411 0144. Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 11am–6pm, Friday 6–9pm.






Jennifer Tee, Tampan Ship of Souls #2, 2020. Piezography on etching paper, 175 ×188 cm. Collection Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Jennifer Tee, Tampan Ship of Souls #2, 2020. Piezography on etching paper, 175 ×188 cm. Collection Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Jennifer Tee, Still Shifting, Mother Field, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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