Siebe Thissen wins J. Dutilh prize with book 'Images. Urban embellishment in Rotterdam since 1940 '

Maarten Laupman

The book Sculptures. Urban embellishment in Rotterdam since 1940, written by Siebe Thissen (head BKOR of CBK Rotterdam) won the 20e J. Dutilh prize on Friday, April 13. This prize is awarded every two years by the Historisch Genootschap Roterodamum to a writer of a historical book about Rotterdam. According to the jury, the book is 'innovative', a 'magnum opus' and 'a masterpiece'.

Jury chairman Nelleke Noordervliet read the report: “The book stands out because of the very well written essays, which can also be read in parts, the many images and the beautiful design. The book is exhausting and shows good detective work. Sculptures focus the lens on the history of the city through sculptures. It teaches us that we live in a city with an extremely special and unique collection of images and takes a look at the delivery room in which they were created. Because every image has its own life history, in which it appears to be the result of not only artistic motives, but just as well of political and policy decisions. The artist navigates between the various stakeholders who change per period. Because this book also meets all the criteria (easy to read, accessible to a wide audience, easily available and widely distributed), the jury recommends awarding the Jacques Dutilh prize 2018 to the book by Siebe Thissen Sculptures. Urban embellishment in Rotterdam since 1940"

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