Marijke van Warmerdam
November 2011

Eversteijn, Boxer & Barber

Cor Eversteijn was not only multiple Dutch boxing champion, he was also a dandy, a barber and a celebrity in Rotterdam. But his success also had a dark side. His fight with life, in which he regularly sought the solace of drink and drugs, ultimately proved fatal for Eversteijn.

Cor Eversteijn at the fair in Deventer, 1967
Cor Eversteijn at the fair in Deventer, 1967

Cor Eversteijn was a winner and a loser. He led a double life and frequently took solace in drink and drugs. Each period of excess was followed by self-inflicted punishments: running six times around Rotterdam’s Kralingse Bos, two hundred press-ups or running a marathon in under three hours. Eversteijn’s short but intense life came to an end at the age of thirty-three.

Photographer Carel van Hees befriended Cor Eversteijn in the late 1970s. He intensively documented the final years of the ‘rock ’n’ roll’ boxer’s life. In the exhibition Eversteijn, Boxer & Barber Carel van Hees tells a story of top sport and powerlessness through his own photographs and original documentation.

The publication
The book ‘Eversteijn, Boxer & Barber’ will be launched during the opening of the exhibition on 28 October. The book deals with universal themes such as success, desire, temptation and defeat.

A selection from the archival images:

The project ‘Eversteijn, boxer and barber’ was made possible by Fonds BKVB, Mondriaan Foundation, VSBfonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Van Leeuwen Van Lignac Stichting, Municipality of Rotterdam, Art and Culture department, G.Ph. Verhagen Stichting and the Centre of Visual Arts Rotterdam.