The French sculptor Jean Amado usually makes his works of concrete, which he mixes with ochre or reddish pigment. The result is described in the press release for the exhibition as ‘a rock’, ‘a crustacean’ or ‘a quirky residence’. The poetic titles the artist gives his works reinforce the diverse associations that they evoke. In the annual report, Oxenaar writes that ‘in the last ten years [Amado] has developed a unique technique to give shape to his dreams, in which nature, architecture and sculpture converge’.
Exhibition Jean Amado, 1980
In good company
After the exhibition, the sculpture De la mer, le passage is acquired and installed in the sculpture garden by Amando and his assistant. A response from Amado’s gallerist Jeanne Bûcher reveals his appreciation for the museum: ‘It is a pleasure to know that this oeuvre is in good company in a prestigious park. We have good memories of the reception and remain close to the setting of the Kröller-Müller in our thoughts’.