Untitled (1968) André Volten
Next to the entrance of the Katshoek office building is a rectangular facade element with circular segments. It is a very special facade artwork made by artist André Volten. This artwork is representative of the artist's style and imagery. It has been abstracted into some powerful shapes that fill the plane. And it is clearly designed for the place it occupies: the lines of the architecture are repeated and at the same time twisted into a new image. During the renovation of the entrance a few years ago, the artwork was unfortunately also painted black, making the relief virtually invisible. The original state of the entrance relief is stainless steel and stone.
André Volten (Andijk, 1925 - Amsterdam, 2002) was one of the most important post-war Dutch sculptors. He developed a non-figurative sculpture with a lot of stainless steel. In the 1950s and 1960s, his work was characteristic of new developments in art. He has appeared in, among other places, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and in Duisburg, in group exhibitions and solo. In the public space he made many freestanding sculptures with a geometric design language. He has made seven works of art for Rotterdam. In 1966 he received the important oeuvre prize from the Fund for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.