Photo: detail from a painting by Robert Rost and Lennaert Koorman

Oh Sophia


Oh Sophia, an art project on the Binnenwegplein at number 9, is an ode to the Sophia Children's Hospital and its doctors, the nursing staff and the children themselves. Six giant portraits of radiant children symbolize these heroes. Recently, visual artists Robert Rost and Lennaert Koorman have renewed their project Oh Sophia from 2005. 

Initiators Robert and Lennaert both have a special relationship with the Sophia Children's Hospital. Robert saw his eldest daughter born healthy and Lennaert saw his son healed from acute lymphoblastic leukemia in three years. In both cases there was a great admiration for the heartwarming nurses and doctors. It gave them a gratitude, which they would like to honor with this ode.

The children they have portrayed in the work are all connected to the Sophia, because they were born there, found healing or are still undergoing treatment. For the designs of the portraits, they held a photo shoot in collaboration with the Sophia Children's Hospital. A total of twenty children were photographed together with their parents, brothers, sisters or alone. A selection of six photos was made from this, which served as the basis for the designs. In addition to the paintings on the pavilion, they will organize a synchronous photo exhibition, where the photos of all children from the photo shoot will be shown and they will have the opportunity to tell their own story.

artistic activities in the city
Oh Sophia is made possible thanks to the CBK Rotterdam scheme artistic activities in the city† With this arrangement, CBK Rotterdam stimulates and anchors the role of the visual arts in the city.

Publication date: 18 / 04 / 2022