Sculpture at Hotel New York
On World Refugee Day, Sunday 20 June, Mayor Aboutaleb of Rotterdam will unveil a new work of art at the head of the Wilhelminapier. On the Maas, directly opposite the future FENIX Movers Museum L'Age d'Or (2019) by the British visual artist Gavin Turk. L'Age d'Or is a more than 3,5 meter high open door of painted bronze. “This larger-than-life door will soon offer a view of the Maas and then beckon across the North Sea to the Atlantic crossing,” says the Fenix press release. The emigrant museum is donating the artwork on long-term loan to the international sculpture collection of the Municipality of Rotterdam and under management of CBK Rotterdam. The artwork becomes part of the international sculpture collection Sculpture International Rotterdam.
The Kop van de Wilhelminapier is a suitable location, from the Rotterdam quays more than three million emigrants left for the other side of the world in the 198 and 208 centuries. They left Rotterdam from all over Europe and were heading for a new life. L'Áge d'Or symbolizes hope, dreams and opportunities at the chosen location as a door that is always open. A door without a building, but as a symbolic transition between two imaginary worlds, an old and a new one. everyone is welcome - after the unveiling on June 20 - to step through the door and fantasize about the future. The new acquisition will be placed in direct company of the sculpture Lost Luggage Depot (2001) by Jeff Wall.
With Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst, among others, Gavin Turk (1967) is considered one of the Young British Artists. He elevates the everyday to art and plays with the context of the objects he presents. The sculpture L'Áge d'Or was acquired at the Frieze Sculpture in London in October 2020.
BKOR and SIR are working on a new art route map that will be released this summer. The route includes a walk from Central Station to the Wilhelminapier with a focus on a special selection of works of art, including the braid from Kalliopi Lemos and L'Ậge d'Or by Gavin Turk, the latest additions to the Sculpture International Rotterdam (SIR) collection. Keep an eye on this page for more information.
Publication date: 15 / 06 / 2021