Sculpture group Scheepvaartkwartier (2013) Robbert Jan F. Donker

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

Since 2011, the Stichting Beeldengroep Scheepvaartkwartier has set itself the goal of creating and maintaining a group of images to beautify the Scheepvaartkwartier in the vicinity of Westplein and Veerhaven in memory of a number of important citizens of Rotterdam, who live in the vicinity of that area. lived. At the 100 anniversary of the Erasmus Foundation in 2011, a homage to the founder, Dr. Elie van Rijckevorsel (1845 - 1928), was a bronze bust of him by the Rotterdam artist Robbert Jan Donker. Then the plan was made to make more images for prominent people in Rotterdam. Paul van de Laar (director Museum Rotterdam) then chose DG van Beuningen (1877 - 1955), Louis Jamin (1881 - 1953), Anthony van Hoboken (1756 - 1850) and Marten Mees (1828 - 1917). These five people from Rotterdam were of great significance for the city: as a shipping company, banker, scholar, benefactor or industrialist. Together they represent the Rotterdam perseverers, who have brought prosperity and prosperity to the Maasstad. All five busts were made by the same artist, Robbert Jan Donker. On Friday 31 May 2013 was the Sculpture group Scheepvaartkwartier officially unveiled by five female (distant) descendants of these prominent former Rotterdammers.

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About the artist

Robbert Jan Donker (Amsterdam, 1943 - Rotterdam, 2016) studied from 1960 to 1965 at the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam. These years made him a 'race Rotterdammer' with a great preference for the Kralingen neighborhood. Sculptor Donker's work is characterized by the creation of human figures, reliefs and especially animal figures in bronze and stone.

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