In History, the location of the galery is explained in English. What is so interesting about this area and why is this gallery situated here?
Deelen Art is an accessible no-nonsense gallery with the motto: playing with reality. The gallery is specialized in contemporary art with a focus on realism and an eye for quality, craftsmanship and tradition. Bastiaan Deelen stands for clarity and transparency and operates internationally representing work of artists on relevant art fairs.
We are located at the Admiraliteitskade, situated in the Kralingen district in the city of Rotterdam. It is a unique part of Rotterdam where the coal trade used to take place.
Our street is named after the admiralty at the Maze, which has been one of five admiralty colleges in the Netherlands since 1586. These colleges had been charged under the supreme rule of the admiral-general and where responsible for regulating the navy, as well as, responsible for the import and export.
The admiralty college bought the Reuzen Island in Buizengat from the city of Rotterdam in 1689. The Marinewerf (Navy yard), the name used after the admiralties were dissolved in 1795, was lifted in 1849. The old admiralty building was then re-organized as a Rijksentrepot that later went up in flames. In a later time they build the railway tracks in this area. There is not much left now to remind you of this renowned area of Rotterdam. The Admiralty weapon is the only thing that remained. It used to hang above the arsenal gateway at the Nieuwehaven docks. You are still able to view it above the entrance of metrostation Oostplein.