Margot Homan

Statue Marga Klompé (2012, bronze)
Dante Building

Margot Homan – beeld Marga Klompé (2012, brons)

Marga Klompé (1912-1986) became the first female minister of the Netherlands in 1956. In 1982, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the university because of her search for a social and meaningful society. Honorary supervisor Jacques Stalpers, Endowed Professor of Social Pedagogy, referred to the French philosopher Domenach at the presentation: "The revolution leads to nothing if it does not give meaning to existence again." This characterized Klompé's struggle for a better world.

Marga Klompé dedicated herself to social issues (the elderly, refugees, and poverty) and to international justice. Among other things, she was active in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. In 2010, the endowed chair Marga Klompé was established, with the title International Social Responsibility.

The bronze sculpture was made by the Tilburg artist Margot Homan (1956) It was unveiled by Princess Beatrix. A second cast can be found in the building of the Dutch Parliament in The Hague. Her work can be seen at home and abroad. In Tilburg, a sculpture by her of local politician Miet van Puijenbroek stands at the entrance to the Dutch Textile Museum. Her work is included in various corporate and private collections and can often be seen at major art fairs.

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