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Sculptures. Urban embellishment in Rotterdam since 1940

Book presentation: 01 / 06 / 2016
Location: The New Institute

A new book written by Siebe Thissen (head of BKOR) about the reconstruction in Rotterdam and the role that art played in it. How did The Destroyed City of Zadkine and the untitled sculpture of Naum Gabo come to Rotterdam? And what did the 'percentage scheme' mean for the city? Sculptures. Urban embellishment in Rotterdam since 1940 gives a history of art in the public space of Rotterdam, and especially from the perspective of the artist who wants to exert influence on the (re) construction, appearance and appearance of the city. Thissen describes the excitement, the actions, the ambitions and the successes that have determined the relationship of art with the city.

Cover_CBK_DEF2Sculptures. Urban embellishment in Rotterdam since 1940
Siebe Thissen
2016 / Art / Photography / Theory
ISBN: 978-94-90322-62-5
Graphic designer: Studio Minke Themans
Number of pages: 528
Format: 22 x 28 cm
Binding method: Hardcover
Preface: Sjarel Ex
Text editor: Gerda ten Cate
Image research and image editing: Nienke Post Joop de Jong, Minke Themans
Final editing: Eleonoor Jap Sam
Publication date: June 2016

This publication was created as part of the program's 75 year of reconstruction in Rotterdam CBK Rotterdam celebrates art and the city, and the Inventory & Assessment Visual Arts in the Public Space, an assignment from the College van B and W to CBK Rotterdam.

This book can be purchased on 1 June during the book presentation and opening of Uproot Rotterdam for the special price of € 35. The book is then offered for a regular price of € 37,50 at various locations, including the TENT Book Shop (Witte de Withstraat 50). The book is also available through Jap Sam.


TENT is the platform for contemporary art in the context of Rotterdam with exhibitions, new productions, educational projects, performances and events with makers from the city and beyond.
To website TENT

Sculpture International Rotterdam manages the international sculpture collection of Rotterdam, brings it to the attention and develops a metropolitan international art policy.
To the SIR website

Forest polder fox, Florentijn Hofman, Schiedamseweg, 2020. Photo: Otto Snoek

BKOR manages and renews the extensive city collection in collaboration with Rotterdam residents, companies and institutions. BKOR advises the municipality, citizens and artists on the realization, placement, relocation and remediation of public works of art.
To the BKOR website

Art Office mediates, informs and supports visual artists from Rotterdam with regard to their professional practice. For artists, institutions and individuals.
To the Art Office website