Per Abramsen

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Pieter Abramsen
Rotterdam kunstwerk Per Abramsen.jpg
Cone, Rotterdam (1994)
Pieter Abramsen

27 March 1941
Died13 March 2018
Known forSculptor

Pieter (Per or Perry) Abramsen (Rotterdam, 27 March 1941 – Rotterdam, 13 March 2018) was a Dutch sculptor, and visiting professor at the Delft University of Technology, known for his work in which abstraction and realism are joined.[1]


LIFE AND WORK Per Abramsen graduated as a sculptor in 1961 at the Rotterdam Academy of Fine Arts and Applied Sciences. In 1965 he won the second prize of the EMS Culture Award in The Hague with his work 'Arabesk' followed by the Jacob Hartog Award in 1989 with his work 'Les Voiles', also in The Hague.

In the late seventies figurative forms entered the abstraction and later on he also incorporated socially engaged subject matter in the so-called Table sculptures. In the early nineties Abramsen started experimenting with light and shadow in photographs, drawings and sculptures. He built his own bronze foundry several years after his graduation aspiring to keep the whole process of casting in his own hands. From the beginning of his career he also explored the possibilities of alternative materials working in wax, bronze, clay, (stainless) steel, sand, plaster, perspex, wood, polyester, rubber, stone, concrete and polystyrene (EPS and XPS). He explored the boundaries of the versatility of materials, learning many new techniques and researching new spatial applications.

From 1963 his work was exhibited in many museums at home and abroad e.g. a travelling exhibition of young Dutch talent organized by the Department of Culture. More selected exhibitions: Museum Prinsenhof, Keukenhof, Van Reekum Museum, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Dordrechts Museum, Gorcums Museum, Museum Zwolle, Museum Gabrovo, Groningen, Hilversum, Maassluis, Assen, Knokke-Heist (B), Kruithuis Den Bosch, Museum Uden, Museum Elctra Paris (FR), Middelheim Antwerp (B)Middelheim Open Air Sculpture Museum, Beelden aan Zee Scheveningen Beelden aan Zee and Museum Terra Rosa, Salernes (FR). He is represented by RAM Gallery in Rotterdam.

His work was also part of many sculpture trails in Diepenheim, Delft, Groningen, Sliedrecht, Dordrecht, Paris, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. He has solo exhibitions in galleries in France, USA, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany and his work was presented on art fairs in Basel, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Marseille, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Salernes and Nice.

The artist lived and worked in Rotterdam and France. His work is part of many museum, private and corporate collections. He was the founder and chairperson of artist initiatives like SARK, STEK and a bronze casting collective called sCULpTUUR. Besides he was chairman of BBK Rijnmond, various committees, a guest teacher at academies and between 1997 and 2003 he was appointed guest lecturer at the Technical University Delft.Technical University of Delft

Abramsen also refurbished at least 15 houses apart from 2 industrial premises for RAM gallery and an office floor for Bill Alsop. To house the casting collective he designed a construction of containers. He built three steel shells for sailing yachts and designed and built two houses for himself with adjacent studios in France in 1980 and 2001. In 2020 the Per Abramsen Fund was founded.

In 1969 a sculpture of Abramsen was donated by Siemens to the municipal of Rotterdam.[2] In 1971 Abramsen and Rob Maingay donated the people of Rotterdam a sculpture of their own as a political statement, that artists don't only live on the costs of the community. This was the sculpture called Baken.[3]"De beeldhouwers Perry Abramsen en Rob Maingay," NRC Handelsblad, Rotterdam, 1971/04/14, p. 2.</ref>

E.M.S. cultuurprijzen beeldende kunst toegekend]," Algemeen Handelsblad, Amsterdam, 1965/11/26, p. 17.</ref>[4][5]

Les Voiles.[1][6]


In the early sixties he married his fellow student Berry Koedam. They had a daughter Ilze Abramsen started off as an abstract sculptor immediately after graduation.


Works (selection)[edit]

  • Baken (1971), Groeninx van Zoelenlaan in Rotterdam – with Rob Maingay
  • Wandplastiek (1980), sports hall in Rotterdam
  • 'Cones (1984), Baumannlaan en Absweg in Rotterdam-Overschie
  • Al(l)ongée (1986), binnenplaats gemeentehuis aan de Herenstraat in Leidschendam-Voorburg[7]
  • Anamorfose (1996), Bachlaan in Barendrecht
  • Light into the shadow (2011), Merwehoofd in Papendrecht


Exhibitions, a selection[edit]


  • Abramsen, Per. Per Abramsen: sculptures. Transl. Chantal Stenfert Cloun... et al. Venlo: Van Spijk, 1985.


  1. ^ a b Hans Baaij. "Beeldhouwer Per Abramsen kreeg - tot zijn eigen verbazing - een Haagse prijs," Het vrije volk : democratisch-socialistisch dagblad, Rotterdam, 1987/02/07, p. 15.
  2. ^ Ed. "Rotterdam en Amsterdam wisselen informatie uit: Twee steden; één computer," Het vrije volk : democratisch-socialistisch dagblad, Rotterdam, 1969/04/24, p. 17.
  3. ^ Ed.
  4. ^ N.K. "EMS-cultuurprijzen in Kurzaal uitgereikt," Trouw. Meppel, 1965/11/26, p. 2.
  5. ^ "[1]
  6. ^ Rotterdams jaarboekje 1987. 1988. p. 19.
  7. ^ Afbeelding "Allongée" in Leidschendam-Voorburg
  8. ^ Ed. "Tentoonstellingen in ons land," De tijd : dagblad voor Nederland, Amsterdam, 1966/08/18, p. 6.
  9. ^ H.K. "Beelden in 't groen van de Lentiade," Het vrije volk : democratisch-socialistisch dagblad, Rotterdam, 1967/03/20, p. 5.
  10. ^ Piet Begeer. "Perry Abramsen exposeert in De Haas," Het vrije volk : democratisch-socialistisch dagblad, Rotterdam, 1967/05/12, p. 19.
  11. ^ Ed Wingen, "De beeldhouwers van het ijzeren tijdperk," De Telegraaf, Amsterdam, 1968/02/17, p. 15.
  12. ^ Hans Redeker. "De kleine galerie: Figee and Abramsen," Algemeen Handelsblad, Amsterdam, 1968/03/23, p. 17.
  13. ^ Piet Begeer, "Figee en Abramsen in de Doelen," Het vrije volk : democratisch-socialistisch dagblad, Rotterdam, 1968/03/28, p. 17.
  14. ^ Inge Kalmann, "Expositie Sculpturen van Perry Abramsen niet spectaculair door Inge Kalmann," Nieuw Israelietisch weekblad. Amsterdam, 1980/12/19, p. 13.
  15. ^ Ed. "Per Abramsen," "Het vrije volk : democratisch-socialistisch dagblad". Rotterdam, 1985/02/19, p. 13.
  16. ^ Ed. "Per Abramsen exposeert in Verenigde Spaarbank". "Het vrije volk : democratisch-socialistisch dagblad". Rotterdam, 1987/07/22, p. 8/5.

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