Beer drinker (1980) Huib Noorlander

photo Otto Snoek
About the artwork

This bronze sculpture made by the Rotterdam artist Huib Noorlander is a little man who puts the glass to his lips. Hence the Beer drinker also 'Male lager' is called. It is a gift from Heineken to the municipality of Rotterdam, because the artwork is located on the site where a Heineken brewery used to be. The building is still there, but it has a different purpose now. The statue was erected in memory of the old brewery. On October 2, 1980, the statue was unveiled by then mayor André van der Louw, Ferry Heineken and Huib Noorlander on the former Heineken site on the Rotte in Crooswijk, see here.

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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 Reading girl en The family were originally made of natural stone, but after being damaged a bronze cast was made of both statues.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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