Claude Cahun Under the Skin

On show at the Kunsthal from the 21th of May until the 28th of August 2022

In ‘Under the Skin’ the visitor is transported to the world of the French artist, writer, and activist Claude Cahun. From Saturday 21 May, Kunsthal Rotterdam will be presenting over sixty photographs, photomontages, publications, and archival material by and about this versatile artist. Last year, this extremely well-received exhibition could only be shown for a brief period of time at the Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

The Kunsthal is pleased it can show ‘Under the Skin’ to a wider audience this summer. Although Cahun’s revolutionary work remained unnoticed by the general public for a long time, she has been a major source of inspiration for renowned photographers like Cindy Sherman and Nan Golding, but also for people like David Bowie. The common thread of the exhibition is formed by important themes from Cahun’s turbulent life: the exploration of different (gender) roles and identities, her involvement in the Paris avant-garde and experimental theatrical companies, her acts of resistance during the Second World War, and her clear views on the world around her. The majority of the photographs in the exhibition have been enlarged and printed using contemporary techniques in order to bring Cahun’s theatrical and penetrating work even closer to the public.


  • Kunsttour


  • € 75,- incl. VAT
  • 60 minutes
  • Max 15 participants

Start Locatie

  • Leaflet rack at the bottom of the auditorium of The Kunsthal

Please email us if you are interested in a guided tour!