Art Now

Art Now shows a new work from the EUR art collection every two weeks
Art Now 51 throw-back Celine van den Boorn

Art Now' shows a new work from the EUR art collection every two weeks. Art Now, digitally on the screen, for inspiration, as consolation, imagination, reflection or as a distraction and extender of reality.

Art Now 61: Kathrin Schlegel part 2 of 3: The cloud-shaped sculpture

The Cloud-shaped sculpture in park Noord on campus Woudestein is one of two elements of the artwork Der Stein des Weisen by artist Kathrin Schlegel. The monumental sculpture is placed opposite the pedestal of Erasmus and is 6 meters high and 4 meters wide. Made of highly polished stainless steel, "The Cloud" acts as a beacon and refers in its form to Hans Petri's former 1969 environmental artwork on campus Woudestein, affectionately called ‘Petri's Eggs.

Render of stainless steel cloud-shaped sculpture by Kathrin Schlegel

Mesh drawing of the stainless-steel sculpture ‘The Cloud' , one of the elements of the artwork ‘Der Stein des Weisen,’ by artist Kathrin Schlegel.

Petri's artwork had to make way in 2011 for the renewal of the campus. This prompted a commission to create a new iconic artwork for the university. Petri made his round 'egg' forms as a contrast and silent protest against the austere, angular geometry of the buildings. In contrast, Kathrin Schlegel's monumental speech/thought bubble merges, through its reflective material, with the campus environment.

Art Now 60: Kathrin Schlegel part 1 of 3: the pedestal of Erasmus

Der Stein des Weisen by Kathrin Schlegel is a permanent artwork in the public space of campus Woudestein. It has been realized in recent years as part of the large-scale transformation of the Erasmus University Rotterdam campus. The work consists of two elements: a cloud-shaped sculpture and the historical pedestal of Hendrick de Keyser's statue of Erasmus from 1677, which is kept for the future as a carrier of meaning in a glass display case.

Render sokkel van Erasmus

Mesh drawing of 'the pedestal of Erasmus,' one of the elements of the artwork Der Stein des Weisen by artist Kathrin Schlegel.

The title of the artwork Der Stein des Weisen literally refers to the pedestal that has faithfully carried the famous Erasmus statue, which now stands in front of the Laurenskerk, for three centuries: the stone of the wise scientist. Also, it refers to the legendary Philosopher's Stone, lapis philosophorum. This is the element in alchemy that could transform base metals into precious metals. The search for this impossible element traditionally symbolizes the human desire for material wealth, as well as knowledge and enlightenment. By making the empty pedestal the heart of a new work of art, Schlegel raises questions about the reception history of Erasmus' legacy and the iconography of his figure as a symbol for the city of Rotterdam and the Erasmus university.

Art Now 58: Heske de Vries

Art Now 58: Heske de Vries

Heske de Vries, Slices of Life nr.5, 2014-2015, watercolor, acrylic, charcoal on paper 29.7 cm x 21 cm  Art Collection EUR

With the 2014-2015 series ‘Slices of Life’, artist Heske de Vries (b. 1954) shows cinematic fragments of life that are about vulnerability, beauty, loneliness, and transience. The subjects she chooses are diverse; people, landscapes, squares, still lives and interiors alternate. They seem randomly chosen; however, De Vries selects each subject with the utmost deliberation. In the enormous stream of daily visual information, she searches for images that catch her eye and move her. She captures these images by sketching or photographing them, sometimes she also uses images from existing media. She then transforms the images by adjusting them in light, composition, size and/or atmosphere. In doing so, De Vries unlocks the beauty of everyday situations and invites us to look at them from a new perspective.

Art Now 57: Peter Westerveld

Art Now 57: Peter Westerveld

Peter Westerveld, ‘First Moment,’ 1985, acrylic on canvas, 504 cm x 252 cm - EUR Art Collection - location ISS

Peter Westerveld; ‘Making art will never leave you, it is part of the way you think and the way you work.’

The fifty-seventh artwork in the Art Now series is ‘First Moment’ (1985) by visionary artist and sustainability pioneer Peter Westerveld (1951-2014). Westerveld was born and raised in Africa, to which he would remain connected his entire life. As a young man, Westerveld studied at the academy of fine arts in Amsterdam. As an artist, he was inspired by nature. He wanted his art to stimulate awareness about nature, human actions and sustainable development. For the last fifteen years of his life, he dedicated his art to finding solutions to climate issues. His magnum opus is the ‘Hydrological Corridor’, a system that naturally supplies deserted land from the Tana River to Kilimanjaro with sufficient water. With this enormous work of art, he worked passionately and uncompromisingly to revitalize eroded areas of Africa. Westerveld’s idea has been successfully applied in Mali, Tanzania, and Kenya, and inspires many to this day.

Peter Westerveld; ‘The work I do in the field, that is real art in my opinion. Reviving land recreating forests... You're basically revitalizing life. I consider that to be real art.’

'First Moment' by artist Peter Westerveld depicts the first moment that humans ‘appeared’ on earth as new energy. The artwork was donated to the EUR Art Collection in 2021 and placed in the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague.

Art Now 54: throw-back Marijn van Kreij

Blue tile art in the library

Marijn van Kreij, ZT, (Picasso, The Studio, 1956, The Palm at the End of the Mind, Erasmus University Rotterdam), 2017 hand-painted porcelain tiles, total dim. 285 x 1500 cm - Art collection EUR painted together with students and staff of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Artist Marijn van Kreij created a unique work of art for the renovated University Library of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2017, the Erasmus University students and staff were invited to come to the Erasmus Gallery and paint a tile after an example selected by the artist. The example was based on a fragment from a painting by Picasso from 1956, entitled 'The Studio.' Marijn van Kreij: 'The personal handwriting and the differences within the repetition are important in the artwork.' In two weeks, almost 1000 tiles on A4 format (21 x 29.7 cm) were painted. Van Kreij then selected the tiles for the final composition. Together they form the artwork of 285 x 1500 cm installed near the new first-floor entrance of the University Library location Institutenlaan, campus Woudestein.

Art Now 53: Rob Leenders

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Rob Leenders ‘Windscherm 4’, 1979 - Silkscreen, image 32 x 46 cm (frame 60 x 80 cm) - Art Collection EUR

The 53rd artwork in the Art Now series is 'Windscherm 4' from 1979 by Rotterdam-born artist Rob Leenders (1956). Like the previous work in the Art Now series, this work by Leenders also depicts the windscreen, although we now see quite a few more of them. The increase in the number of windscreens suggests that there also might be an increase in the wind and the number of people on the beach. But it remains only a suggestion because again we see only the windscreens standing on a sandy beach and looking past them towards a calm sea and an everlasting blue sky. The water is still gently rippling up the beach quietly, and in the tranquil moment, again nothing seems to indicate that windscreens are needed. ‘Windscherm 4' was purchased for the EUR Art Collection in 1981 with four other screen prints from the same artist and with the same theme. Since then, the screen prints have been offered in the EUR 'art on loan' program. Due to their popularity among the EUR-employees, the works of art have seen many EUR workplace locations over the years.

Art Now 52: throw-back Rob Leenders

Art now 52: throw-back Rob Leenders

 Rob Leenders ‘Windscherm 1’, 1979 - Silkscreen, image 32 x 46 cm (frame 60 x 80 cm) - Art Collection EUR

The 1979 artwork "Wind Screen 1" by Rotterdam-born artist Rob Leenders (b. 1956) shows, as can already be inferred from the artwork's title, a wind screen. We see it standing upright at a sandy beach, as we look past it towards a calm sea and an everlasting blue sky. The water seems to ripple up the beach quietly, and in the tranquil moment, nothing seems to indicate that a windshield is necessary. The layered image invites us to wonder what is behind the shield and let our gaze drift into the distance, as if in memory of a pleasant holiday. ‘Windscherm 1' was purchased for the EUR Art Collection in 1981 with four other screen prints from the same artist and with the same theme. Since then, the screen prints have been offered in the EUR 'art on loan' program. Due to their popularity among the EUR-employees, the works of art have been requested for many EUR workplace locations over the years.

Art Now 51 throw-back Thomas Trum

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Thomas Trum ‘One Green Line’, 2019 Acrylics and glyserine on canvas, 190 x 250 cm - EUR Art Collection

'One Green Line' from 2019 by artist Thomas Trum (1989). This large-scale work of art was purchased in 2019 for the Art Collection EUR and is placed in lecture hall CB-05 in Theil building on campus Woudestein.

Central to the work of Trum is research. Time and again, this artist explores the material, the way of applying it, and the carrier itself. As an instrument, Trum uses, among other things, enormous self-designed felt-tip pens, a machine for marking traffic lanes, and brushes on a drilling machine. A constant factor in his work is paint, whether it concerns his small-scale drawings or his colorful, large-scale works in public space. His work is often based on trial-and-error in which the directness of the action in the creation process is an essential part of the extraordinary result.

Art now 50: throw-back Celine van den Boorn

Art Now 51 throw-back Celine van den Boorn

Celine van den Boorn - Near the European Border #7, digital print, 60 x 90 cm EUR Art Collection

‘Near the European Border #7’ is a digital print by Amsterdam-based Dutch visual artist Celine van den Boorn. The artist focuses on nature, culture, and (un)artificial order. Van den Boorn paints on press photographs and makes the people depicted in them, in the role of soldiers, tourists, or refugees, 'disappear' into the surrounding landscape. A new, more ideal reality emerges through her intervention, but the missing subject remains tangible and subtly visible. The work is layered, in the image (what do we see), and technique (what is paint and what is the photo), and in theme (how does the landscape relate to human presence). The motivation for this work, acquired in the EUR Art Collection in 2020, is news images of refugees' ongoing flow into Europe. In their search for a better and free life, people are stranded en masse in a muddy no-man 's-land at the European borders. The artist herself about her work; 'Struck by the contrast in the photos between the desolation of the situation and the bleak landscape on the one hand, and the cheerful-looking brightly colored tents, luggage and clothing of the refugees on the other, I began to paint away from the original subject matter in the photos. The colorful spheres are unpainted " glimpses" into the original photograph. Through my working method, I hope to magnify the existing contrasts, both in form and content creating tension between hope and reality and movement and stagnation.

Art Now 49: Maura Biava

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Maura Biava ‘New Frequency_curve’ 2018 (detail) - handprint on canson rag on aluminum - 45 x 45 cm from the EUR Art Collection, now on display in the Erasmus Gallery until mid-August 2022

The collection

The EUR Art Collection consists largely of works on paper and, thanks in part to donations, now comprises more than 2,000 works of art. At the start of the collection in 1963, the four original principles for acquiring art were: colorful graphics, contemporary art, national and international artists, and high quality. The last three of the four original starting points are still relevant today. Only the first, colorful graphics, was soon abandoned. As a result, unique works and works in black and white also came into consideration. A selection of these is now on display. Until mid-August, the Erasmus Gallery is exhibiting works of art collected over the years for the EUR Art Collection in …

More Than 50 Shades of Grey

They are all artworks by artists who, for these works, have chosen for black and white without any 'distraction' of color. Reasons for such a choice are often individually driven. Sometimes it is to practice, mastering technique, or because one wants to emphasize the light-dark contrast. The motivation can also be to highlight the composition, to stress the line, or to give extra meaning to the image. Despite - or perhaps even because of - these limitations, the artworks show the richness that the art collection of the Erasmus University has to offer.

Art Now 48: Dan Graham

Dan Graham Z.T. (Family in New Highway Restaurant, Jersey City, New Jersey), 1967, photolithography Image size, 24.3 × 31.3 cm.  Art Collection EUR

The 48th work in the Art Now series is an untitled photolithograph (Family at New Highway Restaurant, Jersey City, New Jersey, 1967) by the versatile artist Dan Graham (1942). It is a typical 1960s scene with the American clothing, hairstyle, and furniture that is so characteristic of this period. Graham grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey. Throughout his career, his background has continued to inspire him. His fascination with the economic and social framework of art and culture in a public context is reflected in this double-layered work, too. Here, we look along with Dan Graham at a timeframe which he captured in 1967. Meanwhile, we also share the view with the family in the New Highway Restaurant, who are on their way to…

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