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1968 – 1970

Making a virtue of necessity

Part of: Oxenaar

Oxenaar wants to make the Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller a museum of international format. But his acquisition budget is very limited and he has to pull out all the stops to keep the collection and the exhibition programme up to standard. When the museum is forced to close temporarily at the end of 1969 due to serious leakage, he has had enough. Still, he manages to take advantage of this calamity.

Insufficient budget for a museum of this quality

Generous donors

Barbara Hepworth; Two Figures (1964), Discs in echelon (1959), Marble rectangle with four circles (1966) 'Barbara Hepworth © Bowness'

Creative policy

Henry Moore 70 years of age

The silence of movement

Unstable cube

George Rickey, Unstable cube, 1968

Two American sculptors

The last drop

Drastic measures

Collection of Marguerite Arp-Hagenbach

Poster Collection of Marguerite Arp-Hagenbach, 1970

In need of expansion

Plan for new Quist wing enthusiastically received

Wim Quist; First design for the expansion of Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller (ca 1969), Model design for Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller (1970)