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Post-Master's students in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage in the specialization Contemporary Art are at work during the exhibition André Volten in the artist’s former home in Amsterdam, the Asterdorp Poortgebouw.

FGw, Conservation and Restoration
Conservation students at work (photo: Sanneke Stigter)

Pioneer in abstract sculpture

On Thursdays and Fridays the post-graduate students in Contemporary Art Conservation are carrying out on the spot conservation treatments during the André Volten exhibition. They are working in the former house and studio of this Dutch pioneer in abstract sculpture sculptor (1925–2002), cleaning the maquettes for his abstract sculptures. Volten is well-known for his outdoor sculpture, especially in the Netherlands and Germany.

Poortgebouw of Asterdorp

Volten used to live and work in the former access building – the 'Poortgebouw' – of Asterdorp, a special housing project for the socially poor, built in 1927. Asterdorp was abandoned after it was used as a transit camp during World War II, and Volten squatted the main entrance building. As he refused to leave his home and workplace when the surrounding houses were demolished, the Poortgebouw has survived as the only remnant of a nearly forgotten era in the socio-politcal history of Amsterdam. The Poortgebouw is now open for the public until 27 May 2018, Thu-Sun 12:00-17:00 hrs.


For the first time a special exhibition of André Volten is organised in his former home and studio by the Foundation André Volten, curated by Trude Hooykaas.
Location: Asterdwarsweg 10, Amsterdam. 
Open: Thu-Sun 12:00-17:00 hrs until 27 May 2018.