New Delftse Poort (1995) Cor Kraat

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About the artwork

There was already a Delftse Poort around 1373. The port was replaced by a new one in 1545. From its construction in 1768, the Delftse Poort was, after a design by architect Pieter de Swart, the most famous building in the city. The gate was relocated in the late 1930s as part of the redesign of Hofplein. The Delftse Poort was destroyed during the bombing in 1940. Cor Kraat made a steel construction that is open on all sides and placed it at the original location. The structure looks like a three-dimensional graphic drawing. The design was based on the neoclassical pre-war gate. The gate with the character of a work of art under construction, symbolizes the fact that Rotterdam is still building. There were four personifications on the old gate: the personification of Trade and Traffic, the city maiden, the Maas and the Rotte. These figures return stylized to the modern gate. This image shows the Rotterdam of the 18 century through the imagination of the old city gate.

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About the artist

Cor Kraat (Rotterdam, 1946) was educated at the Rotterdam Academy of Art from 1965 to 1971. 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 and 1983 Cor Kraat taught screen printing at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. Kraat was also co-founder of the Black Cat gallery, a gallery for contemporary visual art on the Mauritsweg from 1978 to 1987.

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