Eddy Roos: Katja (bronze sculpture)

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Katja, bronze sculpture by Eddy Roos

Katja (1983), bronze statue by Dutch sculptor Eddy Roos, Hermitage Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The bronze sculpture titled ‘Katja’ (1983) is a 160 cm tall statue by the Dutch artist and sculptor Eddy Roos (born in 1949) created as part of his assignment for the Amstelhof, a former retirement home (from 1682 to 2007), and now housing the Hermitage Amsterdam, a dependency of the Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg.

After renovation of the old classical style building built in 1681 on the banks of the Amstel River, the Hermitage Amsterdam was inaugurated on 20 June 2009 by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Created as a statue for the museum gardens, Katja is a symbolic but modern interpretation of the primal dance. For creating the sculpture, Eddy Roos drew inspiration from the primitivism of the Polynesian wooden sculptures and the attitude of African dancers, with a conscious effort to relate the movement embodied in the bent figure of the dancer also having an element of modern dance.

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