18-10-2018

Unique mural discovered at Osdorpplein

During demolition activities at Osdorpplein MRP Development encountered a gigantic mural on the ajoining building owned by Kroonenberg Groep. The mural was created in the early ‘80s by the Chilean Brigada Ramona Parra.

The piece that appeared during demolition works at Osdorpplein, fits perfectly in the Chilean artists' collective’s style, which expressed its ideology through murals. After a short search, the artist who created it in the early 1980s, Jorge Kata Nuñez was found and happened to be in the country at the moment. Jorge is in Rotterdam to restore two other murals of the Brigada Ramona Parra commissioned by the Center for Visual Arts (Centrum Beeldende Kunst / CBK).

Jorge Kata Núñez, born in 1953 in Chile, was arrested by the armed forces of the Pinochet dictatorship in 1974 and sentenced to 20 years in prison. In 1977 he was sent to the Netherlands and sentenced to 15 years of exile. Since 1979 Jorge painted more than sixty murals in The Netherlands and Chile.

Jorge Kata Núñez: "What a nice surprise. Except for a few murals, they are all gone. Murals are often temporary, so that one has been found is incredible. At that time we made two to three pieces a week with a large group. The work in Osdorp was painted in two days. "

Annemieke Witteveen, Project Manager MRP Development: "Great how it all coincides. The Chilean artist who happens to be in the country and then this is discovered. As far as the construction project is concerned, together with the Kroonenberg Groep we look at how this unique work of art can be preserved. "