Untitled (1961) Henk Mooij

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About the artwork

For the retirement home of the TW Termaatstichting at the 's-Gravenwetering in Kralingen, the Rotterdam sculptor Henk Mooij made a ceramic tile tableau. The wall is 7 meters wide and 3 meters high and is located to the left of the entrance on the east side of the building. The architect E. van de Ree longed for a relief that would be one with the building in terms of shape and color. The approach of the artist, who enjoyed great freedom, has been considered. He set himself the goal by connecting in his composition the strong horizontal of the low wing and the no less strong vertical of the high-rise. “Both the colors and the structure of the glazes are richly varied, sometimes even strikingly beautiful, both in the blues and in the strong reds. The single color in between, which in itself seems less successful, nevertheless gets its value harmoniously in the whole“, Says Piet Begeer The Free People June 23, 1961.

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About the artist

Henk Mooij (Rotterdam, 1930) is a sculptor, ceramicist, monumental artist and spatial designer. He studied from 1949 to 1953 at the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam. His work developed from objects for the outside environment, through consciously eclectic work to conceptual constructivism. In the vicinity of Rotterdam and also in his later residence Drunen, he made several wall sculptures and reliefs in public space. He himself says about his work: 'It consists of shapes in the space that are clearly visible and constructed from separate parts. Because of their organization, they form a whole like bricks organize themselves into a wall with a masonry pattern. My shapes are geometric, sometimes deformed by external forces such as pressure, pull and gravity. '

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