Untitled (1967) Francesco Somaini
On the occasion of the completion of the renovation and expansion of the Haven Hospital, which was being worked on from 1961 to 1967, the Rotterdam - Leiden Tropical Medicine Association donated this image to the hospital. In 1927 the Havenziekenhuis was opened as an independent hospital, so in 1967 they also celebrated their 40th anniversary. Among the many gifts offered with this anniversary was an abstract sculpture by the Italian sculptor Francesco Somaini. The sculpture had previously been on display, in 1966, in Rotterdam at an exhibition of Italian sculpture in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The two and a half meter high sculpture is cast in dark bronze and has an abstract shape. The contours are lively and mobile, as if the wind is playing with it. This mobility is also reinforced because the surface is alternately erratic and smooth in addition to the contour. This creates a contrast between parts that absorb the light and parts that reflect the light, which creates tension in the image. At the start of 2015, the new main entrance to the Haven Hospital was opened. The setting of the artwork has also been slightly adjusted since then.
Francesco Somaini (Lomazzo, 1926 - Como, 2005) was an Italian sculptor. He started his career by studying law, but soon fell under the spell of sculpture. In addition to his studies, he visited the Brera Academy, where he was taught by the sculptor Giacomo Manzù. During his law studies, which he completed in 1949, he developed further as a sculptor. In 1950 he took part in the Venice Biennale for the first time.