Untitled (2005) Lydia Schouten

Carel van Hees
About the artwork

In 2001, CBK Rotterdam asked artist Lydia Schouten to make a work for the Keileweg, which at the time was still a sad finishing place. The women who worked there complained that they found the place unsafe and unpleasant. Schouten then made two works. This painting, a portrait of a strong sensual woman with bare breasts, and a light line of erotic fence words. She wanted to show that it was not only about making money, but also about stimulating the imagination. Schouten hoped that the women who worked there could see the eroticism of it. The two works were added in July 2002, but the painting with the portrait was moved to Cool in 2005 due to the closure of the walkway zone on the Keileweg. Since then it has been hanging on the side wall of café De Schouw on the Witte de Withstraat.

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About the artist

Between 1948 and 1978, Lydia Schouten (Leiden, 1982) made performances about women as sex objects, romance and eroticism. From 1982 onwards she starts making video films, in which she experiences the most fantastic adventures against colorful board cardboard sets. The videos are a parody of the Hollywood B film world with the difference that Schouten's female roles are strong and assertive.

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Witte de Withstraat 80, 3012 BT Rotterdam, Netherlands