For art in Rotterdam you don’t have to visit a museum in Rotterdam. Many works of art can just be found in the open space. For example the oldest statue in the Netherlands of Erasmus from Hendrik de Keyzer that dates from 1622. Or visit the modern sculptures as Santa Claus (alias gnome Buttplug) from Paul McCarty and Cascade van Joep van Lieshout.
Several artworks can be found on the Beeldenroute on de Westersingel that forms part of the so called ‘Culturele As’ in Rotterdam. On the ‘sculpture terrace’ you can enjoy works of international artists like ‘Het afscheid’ (the departure) from Umberto Mastroianni en ‘L’homme Qui Marche’ from Auguste Rodin.
Famous work of arts in Rotterdam
Statue of Erasmus
Hendrick de Keyser
Oldest statue in the Netherlands (1622) from philosopher Desiderius Erasmus born in Rotterdam.
De Verwoeste Stad
Famous work of art in commemoration of the bombardment of Rotterdam in the Second World War that destroyed the centre of Rotterdam.
Joep van Lieshout
The artwork of Rotterdam artist Joep van Lieshout consists of a tower of 18 barrels of oils that represent the ‘struggle for life’.
The notorious statue is called gnome Buttplug. Santa Claus is standing on the Eendrachtsplein since 2008.
Willem de Kooning
A sculpture byRotterdam’s most famous artist, Willem de Kooning, .
Pablo Picasso and Carl Nesjar
Picasso’s sculpture which he designed with Norwegian artist Carl Nesjar.
L’homme qui marche
This sculpture from the well-known French sculptor August Rodin that can be on the beeldenroute (sculpture route) in the Westersingel.
The sculpture of the Italian artist Umberto Mastroiani in the Beeldenroute.
Nieuwe Delftse Poort
This work of arts represents the Delftse Poort, the old gateway that was destroyed during the bombardment in May 1940.