1947 – 1950

The new course set by director Bram Hammacher

Part of: Hammacher

After the death of curator Willy Auping, the writer and art critic Bram Hammacher becomes the new director of the Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller. He wants to set a new course and include sculptural art in the museum. However, Helene has established strict guidelines for her collection. And the Advisory Committee, of which Helene’s advisor H.P. Bremmer is also a member, still monitors her intellectual legacy. How can Hammacher convince the Committee? His first acquisitions, of work by the young sculptor Ossip Zadkine, are decisive.

An old acquaintance

Hammacher at Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller in front of Composition in line (1917) by Piet Mondriaan, 1962

Hammacher at Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller in front of Composition in line (1917) by Piet Mondriaan, 1962

A leading role for 'plastic arts'

A selection of sculptures purchased by Helene Kröller-Müller: Aristide Maillol, Joseph Csáky (3), Joseph Mendes da Costa and Albert Termote
Guide Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, 1949

Guide of Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, 1949

A new artist in the collection

Ossip Zadkine, Torso (Clementius) (1941) and Seated woman (1937)

Arrangement and selection of presentation

Rearrangement of the presentation by Hammacher, Van Gelder and Jacob Baart de la Faille, September 1951
Guide of Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller with floor plan, 1950

Guide of Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller with floor plan, 1950