Arcades & Portals (2020) Michiel Jansen

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

Friday, April 24, 2020 became the new work of art Arcades & Portals by artist Michiel Jansen revealed. The year before, he was commissioned by BKOR to design five new entrance gates to the city gardens of Rotterdamse Munt. A place like Rotterdamse Munt is a relief in the concrete jungle from the city. Jansen makes with Arcades & Portals an architectural work that comes into its own through the organic forms. It offers symbolic and literal access to the lush city gardens and contrasts with the diligent construction of the Paperclip, the building opposite the gardens of Rotterdamse Munt. The gates were officially opened by Alderman Said Kasmi (Education, culture and tourism) and can be seen at the new location of Rotterdamse Munt on Rosestraat.

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About the artist

In 2000 Michiel Jansen (Geldrop, 1973) graduated from the Academy of Art & Design in 's-Hertogenbosch from the department' Sculpting and other media '. He exhibits in galleries and independent art spaces and his work can be found in private collections and cultural organizations in the Netherlands. He mainly deals with installations, sculptures and collages based on the space in which they are located or the materials with which he works. His choice of materials, working method and use of form have a strong link with architecture, which may be the result of his unfinished study of Architecture in the years 1992-1994 in Eindhoven. In addition to his artistry, he has always been involved in organizing and producing and has been an active part of TAC in Eindhoven and the Nederlandsche Cacaofabriek in Helmond. After moving to Rotterdam, he founded the SingerSweatShop, an artist's house right in the center with living, working and exhibition possibilities. In 2013 he moved temporarily to Berlin and on his return to Rotterdam in 2014, he returned to full-time work. Since 2016 he is a member of the artist group If Paradise Is Half As Nice.

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