School report Bob den Uyl (1989) Toni Burgering
This magnified Report by Bob den Uyl is a pop-art mural on the facade of the former National Education Museum, which was located here from 1989 to 2012. The report was designed by the Rotterdam artist Toni Burgering as an ode to the Rotterdam writer Bob den Uyl. Not far from this location was the cradle of Den Uyl (1930-1992), who was a writer, poet and journalist and has won various prizes, such as the Proza Prize, the Anna Blaman Prize and the Multatuli Prize. The work is somewhat of a curio, which fits perfectly with the function that the building has had as an Education Museum and before that as the old municipal library of Rotterdam. Burgering carried out the painting when the Education Museum came to settle here, for which he was the designer. It is a work of art that is about school, dreams for the future, hope, and how someone can develop into a well-known writer. Since June 2014, the Erasmus University College, the international course of Erasmus University Rotterdam, has been located in this building. This mural still fits within its context.
Toni Burgering (Barneveld, 1937 - Leiden, 2017) followed his education at the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam. For a long time he worked and lived in Rotterdam. Burgering worked with colored neon light. Among other things, he made the line of Lucebert 'Everything of value is defenseless'in 1978 on the roof of a former insurance building on the Blaak. Burgering fell under the spell of neon after a stay in the 1960s in America. He witnessed the launch of the Apollo 11 at Cape Kennedy.
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