Once there was a buzzing Brazilian atmosphere in Rotterdam in August 2009. The whole month was filled with exhibitions and lectures about the social and cultural life in Brazil. A leftover from that event are the murals made by 10 Brazilian graffiti artists for a Graffiti exhibition called R.U.A.. They were invited by Caramundo, a non-profit organization with projects in Latin America.
The murals are in the city center and for some it can be challenging to find them. There are now 5 murals left and the one at Boomgaardhof 73 made room for a new building. I hope that the leftover few will remain as they provide the city with colour and flair to otherwise empty and ugly walls waiting to be vandalized by boring name tags of wannabe graffiti ‘artists’. The weather does take its toll on the murals as some are starting to look worn out and are chipping off.
My favourite is the Guernica inspired mural made by Speto close to the Luchtsingel (read Project Luchtsingel) and venue Annabel. Another favourite is the girl between Witte de Withstraat and a parking lot, Kromme Elleboog (tip: go up to the parking lot for a different view). Find the 5 murals all by yourself or with the aid of this map on the Rua website and note the elaborate details on some of the murals.
A great way to discover the center of Rotterdam on a first time visit. For other street art/murals do check the Rewriters‘ app or their tour.