Color project Crooswijk (1991) Frans van Bommel

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About the artwork

Work and upgrading processes have been going on in Crooswijk for many years. Demolition has taken place since the 70s and signs of former buildings were left behind. The Urban Renewal project group approached CBK Rotterdam in the late 80s for an art assignment to do something about the crumbling street scene. Visual artist Frans van Bommel was commissioned for a little later Color project Crooswijk would be called. He painted large murals on blind front facades in pink, gray and brown tones. These end façades were the remains of demolished buildings or marked a passage. Because the block shapes and the use of color of the paintings referred to the surrounding architecture, Van Bommel introduced a new cohesion in the neighborhood. The paintings were of a temporary nature and have since been removed.

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About the artist

Visual artist Frans van Bommel (Rotterdam, 1939 - Heusden, 2007) became known for his 'social actions' in public space. He made large murals with local residents in order to brighten up disadvantaged neighborhoods. He painted various paintings on the Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam and in the Dapper neighborhood. In the early 90s he painted several walls in Crooswijk. Frans van Bommel was, together with artist Bob Bonies, one of the founders of the BBKA (Association of Visual Art Workers). He has also held various management positions in professional organizations and was a member of the Amsterdam Art Council. In a newspaper article from 1995 he claims to dislike figurative murals or paintings with a message.

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Location
Pijperstraat 42D, 3034 BJ Rotterdam, Netherlands