This man's name should be familiar...

Pieter Sanders

Currently, the average life expectancy worldwide is about 71 years, according to the World Health Organisation. Chances are you're going to live way longer than that. Just like this man…

You too can have a long and meaningful life. Remember this every time you pass – or enter – the Sanders building. Why? Because Piet Sanders (1912–2012) was our most famous centanarian. He lived for a hundred years and six days. He was a Professor of Law at Erasmus University (1959-1981) and a notorious art collector.

He and his wife Ida collected thousands of art objects, many of which are on exhibition in Museums like the Kröller-Müller Museum, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Among their collection are works by Henry Moore, Anish Kapoor, Ger van Elk, Panamarenko, Barbara Hepworth, Christo, Alberto Giacometti, and Marc Chagall. They also started the Erasmus University Art Collection.

No wonder one of the buildings was named after Piet Sanders. On Tuesday 4 April the first students will be welcomed to the refurbished building with free tea and coffee. The official opening will be held on 4 September this year:

Free tea and coffee before lectures in the Sanders building

On Tuesday morning, 4 April 2017, we will officially open the lecture rooms in the renovated Sanders building. Because of that, we will offer all students and staff free coffee, tea, and a delicious snack on the decorated ground floor of the building. We hope that you can arrive for your 9am lecture 15 minutes early to celebrate the opening of the Sanders building with us. On behalf of EUR’s Marketing and Communication department, we hope to see you there.


Text: Manon SIkkel Daelmans

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