Science and art come together in cartoons specially drawn for Wageningen University & Research. Cartoons is the topic of the new exhibition at the Library's Special Collections department.
The exhibition highlights the drawings of four artists: Louis Raemaekers, Fiep,Westerndorp, Loet van Moll, and Henk van Ruitenbeek.
Louis Raemaekers (1869 -1956) was an art teacher at Wageningen University around 1900. He drew caricatures of teachers and other personnel. Later, he would arguably become the most important person commenting on the brutal conflict of the First World War in neutral Holland.
In 1965, Fiep Westendorp (1916-2004) was asked by the Wageningen Institute for Horticultural Technology, now Wageningen Plant Research, to create drawings on how to work more efficiently and ergonomically in the ornamental horticulture business. These 22 original, unpublished drawings can also be seen in the WUR Image Collections.
Loet van Moll and Henk van Ruitenbeek drew cartoons for the magazines of Wageningen University and Research, namely Resource and its predecessors. These cartoons were mainly produced to poke fun at different aspects of the academic organisation. Some cartoons for the library were created by Loet van Moll to illustrate a course on information literacy.
"Wageningen University & Research in Cartoons" is on display in the Special Collections Reading Room from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. To visit the collection in the afternoon or with a group, please inquire with Special Collections for an appointment.