Lipchitz on the lawn
In January 1958, Hammacher stays with Jacques Lipchitz for two days in New York. He met the Lithuanian sculptor in this city almost ten years earlier, at a party in the garden of two collectors, and discussed Van Gogh, sculpture and a work by Lipchitz that stood on the lawn. Their meeting led to the acquisition of the bronze sculpture The scream (The couple) in 1954, which was also exhibited at the Sonsbeek exhibition a year later. Hammacher then already intends to stage a major exhibition of this artist.
The title of the exhibition, Jacques Lipchitz, 116 beeldhouwwerken (Jacques Lipchitz, 116 sculptures), which would travel through Europe from the Kröller-Müller, reveals the large number of works on display. According to Hammacher, the entirety gives ‘an impressive picture of the immense sculptural power that lies in this dynamic artist’. The sculpture gallery is emptied for the exhibition, but for the first time, sculptures are also placed on the lawn to the left of the entrance. ‘Rarely have the possibilities that this museum offers to sculpture, both outside on the lawn and indoors in the sculpture gallery, been used to such advantage.’