A sculpture for President Steyn I
Helene asks sculptor Joseph Mendes da Costa to create a monument for Martinus Steyn, president of the Orange Free State. Da Costa decides to make a bench as a monument, where the figure of President Steyn rises up from a seat in the middle.
A monument for President Steyn II
In 1924 Henry van de Velde receives the commission to design a monument for Martinus Steyn. His 'Steyn bench' bears an emblem with objects that symbolize Steyn’s actions.
Anton's gift to Helene
On 15 May 1913, Anton gives Helene two special paintings for their 25th wedding anniversary. The understated, almost stern Portrait of Eva Callimachi-Catargi by Henri Fantin-Latour and At eternity's gate by Vincent van Gogh.
Helene in Paris
Helene acquires no fewer than 15 Van Goghs during a trip to Paris. La Berceuse (portrait of Madame Roulin), is to her ‘the most magnificent’.
Saint Hubertus hunting lodge
In 1915 Berlage designs a hunting lodge that has to serve as a representative country residence, suitable for receiving business associates and other guests. It is Helene who asks Berlage to elaborate the theme of the Hubertus legend in his design.
Commission for Rädecker
In 1922, Helene commissions sculptor John Rädecker to design a sculpture to be placed on the Veluwe estate. The life-sized stone ‘Roe deer’ is placed on the crossroads at St Hubertus hunting lodge.
Antlers on the paths of the museum park
The sculpture Antlers by Rädecker was originally intended as a plaque for St Hubertus hunting lodge. Instead, the 1929-design is given a permanent place in the nature around the museum, as an autonomous sculpture, where it marks the line of sight to the highest point on the Franse Berg.
The acquisition of The potato eaters
On 6 april 1946 the museum receives 'The potato eaters' in exchange for 'Landscape with couple walking and crescent moon'. Auping writes to Bremmer that he is happy with the result: ‘The potato eaters, indeed a crown on our collection'.
The Secret Report
In 1940 three paintings from the collection are exchanged for the amount of 600,000 guilders. The negotiations are not included in the annual report, but they are documented in the so-called ‘Secret Report’.
Medusa chooses the sea
The acquisition of Charley Toorop’s Medusa chooses the sea shows that Hammacher also has an eye for additions to the painting collection.
100 years of Van Gogh
In collaboration with the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, a major commemorative exhibition to celebrate the 100th birthday of Vincent van Gogh is organized in 1953.
A golden coquille
Coquille-cristal by Jean Arp is the first completely abstract work that Hammacher adds to the collection.
The legacy of H.P. Bremmer
H.P. Bremmer passes away on 10 January 1956. Hammacher acquires three sculptures and four paintings from Bremmer’s collection, including Autumn landscape, ‘one of the finest and most fascinating works that Van Gogh painted in Nuenen’.
Van de Velde immortalized in the museum
The Belgian painter Isidoor Opsomer made a portrait of Henry van de Velde in 1943. The acquisition completes the series of painted likenesses of the key figures in the history of the museum.
In 1955 Hammacher acquires Prayer by the Catalan sculptor Julio Gonzalez. As thanks for the appreciation of her father’s work, Roberta Gonzalez donates 6 drawings to the museum.
Rodin is indispensable
In 1950 Hammacher has the opportunity to acquire 3 sculptures of Auguste Rodin. The French artist is regarded as the founding father of modern sculpture and is therefore indispensable in the overview of the development of sculpture that Hammacher wants to present.