Lotta Blokker

I'm here now (2008, bronze)
Koopmans and Cobbenhagen Building

Lotta Blokker – I’m here now (2008, brons)

Thanks to a generous donation from alumnus Paul van Rensch, the university has had the sculpture I'm here now by sculptor Lotta Blokker (Amsterdam, 1980) since 2008. She works in a classical tradition inspired by works by August Rodin, Camille Claudel, and the German expressionist Käthe Kollwitz. Themes in her work are love, death, joy, and pain. She often works with models whose moods she wants to capture in images. From an early age, Lotta Blokker preferred classical sculpture and traditional skills. At the age of nineteen, she left for Florence to study at the local Academy of Art, where she became a lecturer already during her studies, which she remained until she was 26.

Under the title The Hour of the Wolf, she made ten life-size bronze sculptures depicting "the sleepless.” This series, on which she worked for five years, was the subject of the documentary Lotta Blokker—the Hour of the Wolf presented in 2105 by filmmaker Frans Weisz. The works were shown in museum de Fundatie in Zwolle, in the Panorama Museum in Bad Frankenhausen, and in museum Jan Cunen in Oss. In 2015, her work was on display at the Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum in Berlin.

More about history and academic heritage

The Tilburg University academic heritage is a very diverse set of archives, visual materials, collections, devices, recorded stories, et cetera that relate to the history of the university.