Beer drinker Huib Noorlander

photo Max Dereta
About the artwork

This bronze plastic by artist Huib Noorlander is a man who puts the glass to his lips. Hence the nickname 'Male Pils'. A gift from Heineken to the Municipality of Rotterdam. The Beer drinker stands at the place where there used to be a Heineken brewery. The office is still there, but now has a different destination. The statue was erected in memory of the old brewery. The year in which the Beer drinker is manufactured is unknown.

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About the artist

Huib Noorlander (Schiebroek, 1928 - Nijmegen, 2004) was a figurative sculptor. In 1951 he founded the artist group together with Louis van Roode, Jan Burgerhout, Kees French, Jan Goedhart, Charles Kemper and Ed van Zanden Argus on. On the occasion of the 100 anniversary of the Holland America Line, he made a picture of it Cauldron Twinkle (1973). A replica of this has been in the Maritime Museum Rotterdam since 1998. A reduced version is awarded annually as a Ketelbinkie prize. Various images of Noorlander can be found in Rotterdam. Reading girl en The family were originally made of natural stone, but after being damaged a bronze cast was made of both statues. In the 1960s, Noorlander and artist Joeki Simak formed the most famous artist couple in Rotterdam.

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