Untitled (1950) Hans Petri

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About the artwork

In 1950, the Blaak 34 opened a bank of the Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij, founded in 1824 on the initiative of King Willem I, to reinvigorate the trade. The building was designed by the Rotterdam architects AA van den Nieuwenhuyzen and Chris Elffers, who were simultaneously working on the design for the Rotterdam office of the National Life Insurance Bank on the Schiekade. Together with the adjacent Blaak 28 and Blaak 40 bank buildings, the bank building is one of the first buildings to be built after the war. In 2010 the building was given the status of a National Monument, but it is no longer a bank building. There is a side entrance to the building in Posthoornstraat, which is adorned by two figures made by sculptor Hans Petri. A country man stands on the left-hand masonry support. He wears a cape and has a coin in his left hand and a (money) bag in his right hand. The figure on the right is the poorer. This figure also wears a cape, but also a large key on a chain. They both look down towards the entrance.

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About the artist

Hans Petri (Weerselo, 1919 - Dordrecht, 1996) attends the Rotterdam art academy, after which he works as a graphic artist and sculptor. From the reconstruction, he receives many commissions for public space, especially in Dordrecht and Rotterdam but also elsewhere in the country. He mainly worked in stone, later sometimes in concrete. After making freestanding plastics and reliefs, he was active as an environmental designer, with his 'eggs' at Erasmus University being an important example. These and other works have been demolished, several others still remaining in the public space. In 2001 he received a large retrospective exhibition in the Dordrechts Museum posthumously.

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