Untitled (1985) Jan van Munster
On the corner of the Willem de Kooning Academy on the Blaak 10 has been shining a colored neon light through the facade since 1985. Artist Jan van Munster attended this art academy and, as a former student, was commissioned by the percentage scheme to make a work of art as part of the renovation into the Academy of Visual Arts (now Willem de Kooning Academy). Van Munster has a rich oeuvre, in which his light sculptures in particular are characteristic. He tries to come to the essence through recurring themes (such as geometry). This neon light line, which seems to intersect the façade, creates a nice contrast with the existing architecture: a former bank building designed by architect Kropholler, which, although damaged, survived the bombing in 1940.
Jan van Munster (Gorinchem, 1939) studied at the Academy of Visual Arts and Technical Sciences in Rotterdam and continued his education at the Institute of Applied Arts Education in Amsterdam. Van Munster initially worked with wood, stone, bronze and glass. From the 70 years onwards, his attention shifted more and more to the application of light. His work also became increasingly minimalist. In 2002 the artist received the Wilhelminaring for his entire oeuvre.