The fire of the Coolsingel Hospital (1961) Louis van Roode

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About the artwork

In 1961, artist Louis van Roode made a mosaic in the hall of the municipal hospital Dijkzigt. It was a dark and macabre tableau that The fire of the Coolsingel Hospital imagined. The old, majestic and classicist hospital was built in 1848 by Willem Nicolaas Rose and radiated a proud boulevard allure on Coolsingel. The bombing of 1940 irreversibly damaged the building and left the facade untouched. In 2005 the tableau was dismantled, stripped of its asbestos plates and hung in parts in the new entrance of the Erasmus MC. Due to the demolition of the building, the mosaic had to move again. Since 2018 it hangs at the entrance of the Nd building.

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About the artist

The Rotterdam artist Louis van Roode (Delft, 1914 - Rotterdam, 1964) worked a lot for the new architecture during the Reconstruction period. He produced many murals and mosaics that adorned modern architecture, but which also told a story about nature, culture, people and the cosmos. Major works by his hand have been preserved in Rotterdam, but also in Vlissingen, Eindhoven and The Hague. He can rightly be called one of the greatest wall artists of his time.

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