Armchair (1987) Dora Dolz

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

This ceramic armchair with round armrests and a fan-shaped backrest was placed at the initiative of artist Dora Dolz. The sculpture was part of a sculpture route in the summer of 1986, which was organized on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Help and Information Center (HIC) of the municipality. The chair weighing seven hundred kilos was placed on the corner of Hoogstraat and Mariniersweg in front of the entrance to the Central Library. The chair was destroyed on the second weekend of July. The broken chair was stored in the basement of the library and the artist was furious about vandalism. Dolz was able to gather the pieces of her object, which cost thousands of guilders. "What the Germans did not destroy, the Rotterdammers themselves destroyed," said the academy teacher from Barcelona the day after the destruction to a reporter from Het Vrije Volk. She went to work with a pot of cement in the parking garage to glue the debris. The chair was then transported with a crane to her home on the Heemraadssingel, where the artist had him demonstratively placed on the sidewalk. "It's the first action of my life," said Dolz. “I think it's important that you defend yourself against vandalism, that you don't get put off. Well, that chair is definitely down to scratch, but as it stands now, it is a tribute to the invincibility of art. Art cannot be broken ”. (Source: Het Vrije Volk, 28 March 1987)

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About the artist

Dora Dolz (Barcelona, ​​1941 - Rotterdam, 2008) has been making colorful, monumental ceramic vases and furniture since the late 1970s. She incorporated fan shapes, fruit and shell shapes into her work. She baked all the details of her ceramic objects separately, after which she assembled them. In 1993, Dora Dolz received the Judith Leyster Prize; an important biennial prize for female artists.

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