Outdoor sculpture collection enriched by major acquisitions

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Outdoor sculpture collection enriched by major acquisitions
Kalliopi Lemos, The Plait, height 650 cm, 2020. Photo: Courtesy Gazelli Art House, London.

ROTTERDAM.- Most people know the iconic sculpture Ossip Zadkine made to commemorate the destroyed city of Rotterdam, less known is that post-war Rotterdam build an extensive, internationally renowned collection of sculptures. From 2021 onwards, the Droom en Daad (Dream and Do) Foundation will further enrich this collection in the future with new acquisitions by international artists. The first two sculptures will be placed next year: L'Âge d'Or by Gavin Turk and The Plait by Kalliopi Lemos. Both pieces were acquired at the Frieze Art Fair 2020 and were exhibited last autumn in Regent's Park in London.

Gavin Turk
An open door made of green painted bronze - more than life-size with a cast bronze door handle and a keyhole. L'Âge d'Or (Green) by 'Young British Artist' Gavin Turk is the sixth in a unique series of eight, in which all doors have a different colour, shape and handle. The door is reminiscent of Magritte's painting La Victoire. The title refers to the surrealist film of the same name by Luis Bunuel. L'Âge d'Or will be placed in 2021 at a location to be determined on the south bank of the Meuse.

Kalliopi Lemos
An upright braid of dark brown hair with a length of 6.5 meters. The Plait is a steel sculpture by Kalliopi Lemos. Born in Greece and working in London, Lemos is known for her large-scale public installations. The Plait is part of her recent sculpture series Tools of Endearment, about the role of femininity in modern society. The cutting of the braid, alludes to a gesture of disobedience, a radical personal gesture against (patriarchal) coercion. But also the cutting off of old ideas, of change, as an act of liberation and coming of age. The Plait will be placed in the centre of Rotterdam in 2021. The intended location is the sculpture terrace on the Westersingel.

Sculpture collection Rotterdam
The city of Rotterdam has a prominent collection of public sculptures by international artists, including, a.o. Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Marino Marini, and Willem de Kooning. This collection came into being in 1945, often initiated and financed by the private sector and individuals. With the sculptures of Gavin Turk and Kalliopi Lemos, The Droom en Daad Foundation breathes new life into this tradition, in consultation with CBK Rotterdam (Centre for Fine Arts). CBK Rotterdam manages and renews the extensive city's collection of over 500 sculptures and the international sculpture collection consisting of 65 works of art. sculptureinternationalrotterdam.nl

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