Untitled (1970) Johan van Reede

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About the artwork

This business park was from 1970 to 1997 fire station 'Laagjes'. The Rotterdam fire department was initially part of the Roteb. When building the building, Johan van Reede was commissioned to make a work of art in the percentage scheme. This regulation meant that a percentage (1 a 1,5%) of the building sum was spent on visual arts when constructing government buildings. Van Reede made this work on the facade of painted sheet steel. A black steel corner line is the carrier of five squares in different sizes. The squares are painted with lines and surfaces in the colors red, blue, white, gray and black. In 1997 the barracks were closed due to cutbacks, but the colorful façade work is still there fifty years later.

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About the artist

During the war, monumental artist Johan van Reede (Rotterdam, 1921 - 2016) switched from part-time lessons to full-time art education at the academy in Rotterdam, together with Kees Franse. After the war he became very active in the reconstruction of Rotterdam: he was a sculptor, graphic artist, monumental wall painter and made mosaics. Among other things, he made a mural in the former Dijkzigt hospital, a mosaic relief in the Groothandelsgebouw, a kinetic-looking abstract work in Beurs metro station on the end wall on the Coolsingel / Blaak side, and a mosaic of athletes in Hoogvliet. His fame has largely been limited to Rotterdam.

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