Two columns (1977) Gust Romijn

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About the artwork

Gust Romijn painted in the years' 40 and '50 in the style of the Cobra movement and was closely involved in the creation of the artists' collective Liga Nieuw Beelden. A work like The infinite house is an interpretation of the Cobra style, which is almost organic in nature. This style is at odds with his later work in public space, of which these two red columns are also an example. With bright colors, Romijn designed businesslike abstract shapes. This change in style betrays an interest from object to space. This sculpture Two columns was commissioned in 1997 for the rebuilding of the Energiehal by means of the percentage scheme. In 2003 the artwork was moved from its original location on the Abraham van Stolkweg to the Roel Langerakweg, where it functioned as a monumental marking of the entrance to the sports park. In 2016 the artwork was removed from this place and stored in the depot for restoration. The artwork will probably be placed back at the new Gust Romijnbrug (2016) in Charlois. This location is close to the former home and studio of Romijn.

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About the artist

Gust Romijn (Noordwijkerhout, 1922 - Dreischor, 2010) worked as a sculptor, graphic artist and painter. Together with Louis van Roode and Piet Rovers, he belonged to the Window group, consisting of young Rotterdam graphic artists. He also joined the New Images League during that period. He participated in the World Exhibition in Brussels (1958). Romijn was awarded the National 5 May Graph Prize (1955) and the Prix Suisse (1957). The artist lived and worked most of his career in Rotterdam, until he moved to Dreischor on Schouwen-Duiveland in 1982.

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