Louis Davids monument (1983) Mathieu Ficheroux

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

Louis Davids was a comedian and song singer and writer. He is known as one of the biggest names in Dutch small art. The memorial monument for Louis Davids is located approximately at the place where Davids was born. The symbolic aspect, the broken LP, refers to a disappeared past of this neighborhood. In 1883, the birth year of Davids, this neighborhood was the most important red-light district of Rotterdam. In 1912, the neighborhood was prepared for the construction of the town hall, confirming Rotterdam as an explosively growing port city. Louis Davids became famous after his departure from Rotterdam to Amsterdam with his songs like 'De Olieman' and 'Naar de Bollen'. The spread of his fame was facilitated because the gramophone record and the radio were on the rise in those days. The choice of Ficheroux for the gramophone record as Louis David's monument is therefore extremely applicable. It is made of stone, steel and mosaic. In the middle is a portrait of Davids with the text: “I hope that when I will no longer be there, my songs will always be remembered". This image helps the memory stay alive. Due to the construction of the Timmerhuis and the redesign of the square, the work has been in storage for some time. It has been restored and on Thursday 24 March 2016 the work has been returned to the redesigned Raamplein.

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About the artist

Mathieu Ficheroux (Rotterdam, 1926 - Rotterdam, 2003) studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam. In 1969 he was awarded the Rotterdam Hendrik Chabot Prize. Eroticism and alienation formed a thematic undertone in Ficheroux 'pink and brown paintings, his plastic objects and his light reliefs (sleeping pieces) in the XNUMXs. In the XNUMXs he depicted transience in frames and damaged paintings. Since the eighties, Ficheroux again concentrated mainly on painting and drawing.

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