Lonely adventure. Monument to Anna Blaman (2010) Maria Roosen

Max Dereta
About the artwork

Visual artist Maria Roosen developed the monument to Anna Blaman in collaboration with the metal-specialized artist Arild Veld. Blaman (Ben Liever Als Man) is a pseudonym of Johanna Petronella Vrugt (1905 - 1960). This free-spirited writer wrote openly about her lesbian relationships. In 1956 she was awarded the PC Hooft prize. In her time she was a striking appearance in the city, riding on her motorcycle. The reason for the monument was the fiftieth anniversary of Blaman's death in 2010, also named 'Anna Blaman Year'. The monument stands near the former home of the Rotterdam writer. In addition, a portrait of her, made by Atelier Mineur, was placed on the façade as a souvenir, which was festively unveiled together with the motorcycle on 10 September 2010. The engine is made in great detail, giving the impression that you can drive on it in no time. Inscriptions such as 'Anna Blaman', '1928-1960' and 'Lonely Adventure' can be found on various places of the motorcycle. Lonely adventure. Monument to Anna Blaman is a very touchable, loved and photogenic object. Click here to see the photo report 'Motor Moments', made by local resident and artist Judith van den Berg. She looks at the monument from her office and is fascinated by observation and behavior. In 'Motor Moments' you see people who show special behavior on and around the motorcycle. Roosen and Van den Berg work together on the book 'Lonely adventure and other stories'.

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About the artist

Maria Roosen (Oisterwijk, 1957) followed her education at the Academy of Visual Arts in Arnhem. In the past she has been awarded the Wilhelminaring (2006) and the Singer Prize (2009) for her entire oeuvre. Her work is in many museum and company collections in the Netherlands and Belgium. In addition to exhibitions, she has also carried out various art assignments for the (semi) public space.

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