Untitled (1994) Helena van der Kraan & Axel van der Kraan
Since 1994, there is an ornament frame on the corner of Anjerstraat and Burgemeester Hoffmanplein with a painting made by the artist duo Helena and Axel van der Kraan. It is a photo-realistic representation of two pink carnations, a reference to the Anjerstraat. In the background we see the former Willemsspoor bridge, which spanned the Nieuwe Maas with five bridge sections between 1877 and 1994. This bridge is closely linked to the history of the Noordereiland. A second work hangs further down Laurierstraat, with which this work forms an ensemble in Anjerstraat.
Helena van der Kraan (Prague, 1940) is a well-known Rotterdam photographer. She first studied in Prague, but fled in 1968 from the former Czechoslovakia to the Netherlands. She is accepted at the post-academic art school Ateliers' 63 in Haarlem. Here she meets her current husband, sculptor and graphic artist Axel van der Kraan. In the years that followed, Van der Kraan started photographing, mainly friends and acquaintances, and everyday objects in and around her house. In her work the emphasis is on shapes, lines and patterns. Helena and Axel have been working together since the 80 years as an artist duo from Rotterdam. In 1989 they received the Hendrik Chabot Prize.
Anjerstraat 1, 3071 VA Rotterdam, Netherlands