On the occasion of the 60th birthday of Dutch sculptor André Volten in 1985, the Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller organizes a solo exhibition with over 60 maquettes and models of his sculptures. These are, as Oxenaar describes, mainly ‘sculptures that are connected with architecture and with urban or rural situations’. Volten himself is responsible for the layout of the exhibition. Oxenaar and Hammacher both contribute to the catalogue, for which architect Wim Quist writes the introduction.
Exhibition André Volten, 1985
The exhibition has a festive opening with speeches and a musical programme. The poet Bert Schierbeek, a friend of Volten, recites a poem that he wrote especially for the occasion. Volten writes an emotional letter to Oxenaar: ‘You have all contributed to making this event unforgettable for us. It was a privilege to celebrate my 60th birthday with you. I thank you for the flowers and for the very special concert. It touched me deeply’.