On the occasion of Henry Moore’s 70th birthday, the Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller organizes a European touring exhibition, in collaboration with Museum Boymans-van Beuningen and four German museums. Oxenaar arranges for the tour to begin in Otterlo. ‘This means that we have the premiere of all the events taking place around Moore’s birthday in 1968.’
Opening of the exhibition Henry Moore, 1968
Sculptures, drawings, sketchbooks and curiosities
A total of more than 75 sculptures are exhibited in the museum and sculpture garden. The works derive from the collections of the participating museums and from Moore’s own collection. There are also a large number of his drawings in the museum, as well as sketchbooks, including those from the Second World War, when he was a commissioned war artist for the British government. Furthermore, ‘the shells, bones and other curiosities that Moore has collected throughout his life’ are presented in a large display case.
Exhibition Henry Moore, 1968
On the day of the opening, in the presence of Queen Juliana, Prince Bernhard, Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus, Moore is awarded the Erasmus Prize in the provincial government building in Arnhem. The company then travels on to Otterlo. The exhibition attracts a record number of visitors.
Henry Moore, Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard at the opening of the exhibition, 1968