Jos Reniers

Plaque depicting professor Schouten  (1985)

Location: entrance to the IPO building


"Sculptors are no adorners" says Jos Reniers (1948), meaning that he likes simplicity, in his sculpture, fashion designs, as well as designs for medals.

After dropping out of retail school at sixteen, Jos Reniers joins the Mextal firm as a model builder. In his spare time he is an avid draftsman, and when the Mextal firm fails he applies for work with Vlisco at Helmond, carrying a bundle of his drawings under his arm. Within half a year he makes his mark, successfully making his own fashion designs.

In 1969 Vlisco offers him the opportunity to take an evening course at the Academy of Industrial Design at Eindhoven. After three years his teachers tell him that he 'draws like a sculptor', and it is as a sculptor that he finally graduates. Ever since Reniers switches back and forth from working for the Vlisco company to his work as an independent sculptor in half-year shifts. The salary he earns in a half year's work for Vlisco allows him to take six months unpaid leave during which he can focus on his own designs. Reniers turns 'Time is money' around into 'Money is time'.

At the Academy of Industrial Design he makes his first medals. It is the beginning of a large and varied body of work, with assignments coming from institutions like the Rabo Bank and the Kempenland Museum of Regional History at Eindhoven. He parts with traditional style and makes medals comprising multiple parts connected with hinges, so they may be set in upright position. They feature all kinds of openings and perspectives that correspond in a creative way with the images depicted on them.

In 1992 the Fédération Internationale de la Médaille honours him for the best combination of word and image.

Jos Reniers creates his first work for TU/e in 1985. It is the bronze plaque depicting professor Schouten, the first manager of the Institute for Perception Research (Dutch abbreviation: IPO). The accompanying text on the plaque reads: 'Perceptio Agitat Mentem' (Perception moves the Mind'). This is a variation to the motto of TU/e, 'Mens agitat Molem' (The Mind moves Matter).

Reniers designs two further medals in 2003: the TU/e Medal and the Holst Medal. The latter is awarded to the person who holds the eponymous yearly memorial lecture.

See also: JongensdroomMedals