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Sonsbeek 1955

Internationale beeldententoonstelling in de open lucht: Sonsbeek ’55 (International sculpture exhibition in open air) built upon Sonsbeek '49 and Sonsbeek '52. The lawns around the white villa in Sonsbeek were once again flooded by bronze and stone statues made by the French Neo-classicists, as well as their Dutch, Belgian, and Danish followers. “Another fascinating overview of artistic sculpture since the second half of the last century”, as the catalogue described it at the time.

Yet according to Mr. Doelman, the emphasis in the ’55 edition was on more recent works. Nonetheless, many well-known sculptors, including Rodin, Maillol, and Moore, were again represented. In his introduction, the chairman Jan de Goeijen spoke anew about the nature of Sonsbeek, which thanks to its enrichment with sculptures would provide a moment of “tranquillity and intense enjoyment”.

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