Project omschrijving


ArtistAndré SmitsBeschrijvingMURAL 636 by André Smits / ARTISTINTHEWORLD 2018
Dimensions105 m2 / 7 x 14 meterMaterialsKEIM paint
LocationGouvernestraat building Den HeldComissioned byVIOS VASTGOED
Art directorMarleen van WijngaardenProducerMURALS Inc.
Thanks toEgbert van den Berg, Jorrit van de Streek, Peter van Dilst



A wall painting by André Smits at Gouvernestraat, Rotterdam


The idea for MURAL 636 has arisen over the years. Every time André had his hair cut at his hairdresser in the Gouvernestraat, the conversation turned to the wall, something had to be done. Many rebellious plans passed by, but when building Den Held got a new owner, one phone call was enough to convince Egbert, of VIOS Vastgoed, that this wall is extremely suitable for a mural.

THE PLAN >>> Never Ending Art Trip / 4198 photographs / 2008 – 2018

Rotterdam is the starting point of the Artist In The World series. The idea for this journey arose during an Artist in Residence in Kunst & Complex. The very first photo was taken on May 8, 2008, in the studio of Stephan Gross, the rest is history. Because André is on his way for 10 years this year, he wants to show all the names of artists and others he has photographed seen on their back, as an ode to the city of Rotterdam, in his unmistakable idiom on this central wall of 10 x 5 meters.

Building DEN HELD

MURAL 636 will be realized on the rear wall of the Den Held building. A unique building on the Nieuwe Binnenweg 75 in Rotterdam. The building was realized in 1929 by the company Held’s Autohandel of the Den Held family.


André is not registered in the Municipality of Rotterdam and for that reason, unfortunately, he doesn’t qualify for an Investment contribution from the CBK or other financial support. Because it is important that André can continue his journey, and it is a project in honor of all artists worldwide, the plan has been created to call for the help of Rotterdam artists who have been photographed by André for one time.

VIOS Real Estate, makes available the prepared wall, a jetty, KEIM paint and treats us all to a festive unveiling.

We would like to ask you to donate an amount of € 15, – more is also possible of course.

For this amount, your name will be immortalized on the wall and you will receive an autographed A2 LinkMap with the Rotterdam Never Ending Art Trip on the opening (or another moment). Most importantly, after this ode, André will be able to continue his mission to the artists and the city of Rotterdam for a  time.

Thank you very much!

With the art project, ARTISTINTHEWORLD André Smits (NL) travels around the world as a photographer and visual artist for 10 years, to countries such as Australia, Iran, Lebanon, China, Taiwan, and America. On his travels, he has photographed artists in their studio’s as well as some bycatch such as gallery owners and art collectors. He has cataloged more than 4,200 recordings. His photographs are archived in the Hague Netherlands Institute for Art history (RKD). He is currently doing a WORKSTOP in Berlin.

During such a ‘work stop’ in a city, it often happens that large walls, often in prominent places, are provided with a black and white drawing. On occasion in cooperation with visual artist Monika Dahlberg. On these drawings, the walking routes are represented by the cities that André has covered with all the names of artists that he has photographed during his stay. The stops are always accompanied by recommendations from artists, to their fellow artists, these evolve as a red thread from recommendation to recommendation.

The photos of Smits always show the artist on the back in their studio and offer insight into the creative world of the artistic work process. From a conceptual approach, his work is related to the paintings by Caspar David Friedrich; the figures in these paintings are always depicted on the back and sunk in the contemplation of nature. The symbolism of the journey of life also plays a part in this: the Friedrich figures look back on the route they have traveled, or look out over the road ahead. For André, his working process is an endless journey through the world of art, revealing closed worlds.

André Smits | Artist in the world- PHK18 van Wijngaarden / Couwenbergh

MURAL 636 is generously supported by:

SW Weide, Marieke van der Lippe, Marjolijn van der Assem, Lisa Couwenbergh, Kuin Heuff, Leonard van Rhijn, Anton Vrede, Anuli Croon, Jenna Tas, Raoul Deleo, Ron van der Ende, Katrijn Verstegen, Luuk Smits, Schilte&Portielje, Duotuin Tom Mosman & Margriet Essink, Efrat Zehavi, Joannes Hoes, Marcel Prins, Berry Koedam RAM-ART, Stichting Toonzaal, JMF Grevelink, LM Heuts, A Weinberg, WvDulmen, MC Wolzak, Yvonne van de Griendt, Piet van Wijngaarden, Woody van Amen, Montie Middelkoop, Maja Zomer, Anne Ramsair, HGAM De Bont, Inge van Haastert, Wim Gijzen, ML Goossen, Iris Cornelis, Mia van der Burg, Hans Withoos, JME van Dongen, Margi Geerlinks, M de Reuver, Ditty Ketting, Odrada Burghoorn, Marianne Fontein, Ton van Os, MA van Rijn, DG van der Meer, DP de Graaf, M de Jongh van Dael, BF Isings, Han Goan Lim, HM Middelkoop, Ralph van Meijgaard,