The Good Samaritan (1964) Han Wezelaar

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About the artwork

The former Dijkzigt hospital was one of the first buildings in Rotterdam that benefited from the municipal council decision to spend a certain percentage of the building sum on artistic beautification. When the assignment for Dijkzigt was discussed, a number of municipal councilors insisted that the artworks should not only be understood by the Art Affairs Committee, but also by ordinary Rotterdam residents. In other words, no modernist experiments. This request has certainly been met with this image. On 16 in March 1961, the city council agreed to the purchase of The Good Samaritan. Endless meetings were held about the height of the base, which at five meters would be much too high. Council members felt that the image was "so exalted" that the Biblical ideal would become "unreachable for the ordinary man." The unveiling of the sculpture by Han Wezelaar on 3 July 1964 marked the final phase of the construction of the Dijkzigt hospital. During the construction work at the Erasmus MC and the Dijkzigt hospital, the work ended up in storage. In front of Uproot Rotterdam the work was removed from the depot and it was temporarily placed on the Museumpark. After Uproot Rotterdam the work is temporarily placed on the Erasmus MC site at the Museumpark. After completion of the construction work will The Good Samaritan get a new permanent place at Erasmus MC.

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About the artist

Han Wezelaar (1901 - 1984) was an important Dutch sculptor. He was the first Dutch student of Ossip Zadkine in Paris and organized the first Rodin exhibition in the Netherlands. He was later inspired by Aristide Maillol and introduced modern developments back to the Netherlands in the 1930s. He has thus played a major role in Dutch art history.

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