Untitled (1957) Han Rehm

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About the artwork

The bombing of 1940 also destroyed, among other things, the old "Graanhuis" on Wijnhaven 50-52. The Rotterdam Grain Trade Committee then decided to have a new office building built on Wijnhaven number 99-101. This "Grain House" was designed by Chris Elffers and opened in 1957. From the building budget, artist Han Rehm was commissioned to make four facade reliefs. The protruding façade plates represent from top to bottom: a grain mill, a grain elevator, grain sheaves and the harvesting of the grain by a farmer. The four stones are made fairly modest, but they stand out more because they protrude from the building. With these facing bricks, Rehm represented the economic revival of Rotterdam after the war.

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About the artist

Artist Han Rehm (Rotterdam, 1908 - Rotterdam, 1970) studied art at Reading University in England and then studied drawing at the Rotterdam art academy for a short period. He then studied sculpture at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. In 1930 he also went on to do a follow-up sculpture in Vienna. In 1935 he settled in his own studio in Kralingen. Besides sculptor, he was active as a medalist. Among other things, he made a medal for Leiden University (1958). Han Rehm is best known for his work in Rotterdam The load carrier on the Kop van Zuid and the image of the Olympic athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen in Blijdorp.

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