Along the Maas, ode to Jaap Valkhoff (1998) Cor Kraat
Jaap Valkhoff (1910 - 1992) was born in Crooswijk and acted as an accordionist at a young age. Together with his sisters and brother he played in dance venues such as 'Alcazar' and the 'Cosmopoliet' on the Schiedamsedijk. He wrote many songs. "Hand in hand comrades'And'Along the Maas'are songs that still have special significance for the city today. In the fifties he started a number of cafes with his brother, of which the legendary 'Oasis bar' in the Schilderstraat was one of the best known. Diagonally opposite this place is the artwork Along the mesh, ode to Jaap Valkhoff. The initiative was taken by the Valkhoff family. It didn't have to be a statue, because "I'd rather not have pigeon shit on my father's head", but something recognizable. Artist Cor Kraat immersed himself in the life of Japie Valkhoff and his songs. He portrayed this by saving a strongly abstracted form of an extended accordion in the red plate of the image, as a symbol of theater and nightlife. You can discover a ship in the blue plate. The color refers to the sea and the night. The profile of Jaap Valkhoff is recognizable in the gray plate. The color gray stands for glass and cement, the basic elements of the rebuilt city.
Cor Kraat (Rotterdam, 1946) studied from 1965 to 1971 at the Rotterdam Academy of Visual Arts. From 1979 to 1992, Kraat worked in the artists' collective Kunst & Vaarwerk with Hans Citroen and Willem van Drunen. Kunst & Vaarwerk focused on monumental art in the city. Between 1979 - 1983, Cor Kraat was a screenprint teacher at the Rotterdam Academy. Kraat was a co-founder of the Black Cat gallery.