Tribute to Marten Toonder (2002) The Artoonisten

Nino Purtskhvanidze
About the artwork

This artwork is a tribute to cartoonist Marten Toonder, who turned 90 on 2 in May 2002. The statue, which is more than six meters high, consists of a baroque clover-shaped bench, on which four well-known characters from the Toonder strip comics: Marquis De Cantecler, Mayor Dickerdack, Professor Sickbock and the painter Terpen Tijn. They represent four force fields in society: philosophy, politics, science and economics. A large obelisk towers above it, illuminated on four sides with reliefs. The obelisk is crowned by brush and pen, symbols for Toonders drawing and writing, a globe that refers to the fantastic universe of comics, and Tom Poes, personification of Reason. Although Marten Toonder has not lived his entire life in the Maas city, he said in an interview that as far as he is concerned there cannot be enough images in the city. He added: “Rotterdam, my home town, I have a weakness for that. Twenty years of your life and especially of your early youth, they make a very deep impression on you. ”The Toonderbeeld, the official title is Tribute to Marten Toonder, temporarily had to leave his place due to work on the underground bicycle parking facility at Blaak Station. The work has been restored by Zuliani and has been placed next to the Markthal on 2 May 2017, the birthday of Marten Toonder. The Marten Toonderplein street sign was also unveiled on the same day.

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About the artist

De Artoonisten is a Rotterdam artists' group consisting of Hans van Bentem, Luuk Bode, DJ Chantelle (Boris van Berkum) and Pepijn van den Nieuwendijk. In 2001 they announced a new movement at Showroom MAMA: Artoonism. Artoonism derives images from mass media, packaging, advertising and cartoons, to which fantastic elements from science fiction or (contemporary) mythology are added.

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