Spacebulbs (1965) Leendert Janzee

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About the artwork

On the schoolyard of primary school De Tuimelaar is a bronze plastic of approximately 150 cm high. The work was made in 1965 by artist Leendert Janzee in the percentage scheme for the construction of the school. The rough and rough forms of the plastic have a sculpted quality. The abstract form and the almost equally abstract title Spacebulbs seem to be a reference to science fiction influences. In the 1960s, science fiction influenced the appearance of fashion, design and also visual arts. New synthetic materials offered the possibility of making new shapes that, for example, were impossible to implement in wood or stone. Janzee, however, chose to make his space shapes for this sculpture from traditional bronze. He literally brings space by leaving parts open and showing the structure of the image. Due to the redesign of the schoolyard, the artwork at the beginning of 2019 has been removed and placed in the depot.

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About the artist

The Rotterdam sculptor Leendert Janzee (Gouda, 1940 - Rotterdam, 1972) attended the Academy in Rotterdam and studied with Minguzzi at the Accademia Brera in Milan. He exhibited his images in Rotterdam, Toronto and Milan, developing very different styles. In 1964 he exhibited abstract 'space bulbs' in the Keukenhof, resulting from a more Wessel Couzijn-like style, a kind of abstract steel plastic. Two years later he exhibited pop art-like sculptures at Galerie Delta, Fall out Baby, of a grim mutated baby with a gas mask. Around 1967 he started presenting his 'furniture pieces' and then kinetic objects in groups in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Stedelijk Museum Schiedam.

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