Transmission of knowledge (1963) Rudi Rooijackers

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

A colossal male figure and a slightly smaller boy's figure stand together on a kind of workbench. The student looks up listening to the man, who puts his right hand on the boy's shoulder. His left arm and the boy's right hand rest on the workbench. The artwork was created by Rudi Rooijackers and has the appropriate title Transmission of knowledge got. The style of this work is the same as the Workers in Delfshaven: robust, solid, organic. But in that solidity it nevertheless depicts many subtle qualities, such as the contact between these two people who are so clearly involved with something. It radiates cooperation and is therefore related to the spirit of reconstruction. That makes this an important reconstruction work. Rooijackers has also made an interesting composition with the shapes and space of the table, space and mass with the shapes and placement of the table. Rudi Rooijackers produced this large, sturdy statue in 1963 for the Chiristic Technical School 'De Vaan' on Montessoriweg. Nowadays the school is part of the Montfort college.

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About the artist

Rudi Rooijackers (Jakarta, Indonesia, 1920 - The Hague, 1998) lived in The Hague during the war, where he studied sculpture at the academy. He was also a student assistant at Albert Termote for two years. He was active from 1946 and made reliefs, concrete and plaster sculptures, among other things. His sources of inspiration were Rodin and Modigliani. He himself labeled his style in the late 1960s as 'alternating figurative and non-figurative'. He carried out many monumental assignments and later focused on portrait art later in his life. His work is in the collections of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Haags Gemeentemuseum. He made the work, among other things Scheveninger and Scheveningen in Scheveningen and a statue at the PTT laboratory in Leidschendam. He received a lot of press in life and received positive reviews.

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