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Kroller Muller Museum: The start of a new world

Verantwortlicher Autor: Paola Testoni Amsterdam, 28.06.2019, 21:11 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Paola Testoni de Beaufort Bericht 6860x gelesen
Marta Pan, Sculpure flotante 'Otterlo'
Marta Pan, Sculpure flotante 'Otterlo'  Bild: Cary Markering

Amsterdam [ENA] The exhibition 'The beginning of a new world' shows the development of modern sculpture through the eyes of Bram Hammacher, director of the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo from 1948 to 1963. Immediately upon his arrival, Hammacher opts for a new course: he wants to visualize the development of mode

dern sculpture at an international level. Sculpture collection He succeeds in bringing together a collection of statues that is a full counterpart to the collection of paintings by Helene Kröller-Müller and thereby also gives the museum a unique "profile". Certainly at that time there are few large museums with an emphasis on sculpture. Over the years, Hammacher has managed to acquire works for Otterlo from Alexander Archipenko, Jean Arp, Antoine Bourdelle, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Julio Gonzalez, Barbara Hepworth, Jacques Lipchitz, Marino Marini, Henry Moore, Constant Permeke, Auguste Rodin and others.

and Ossip Zadkine. Hammacher also buys non-Western sculptures because he wants to show the sources of inspiration for modern sculpture and painting. The sculpture garden Hammacher's big dream is the creation of a sculpture garden. In 1961 the time has come: the garden is opened under great international interest. The concept, a labyrinthine garden, in which nature and sculpture are seen as equivalent, is completely new and revolutionary at the time. From this moment on, the Kröller-Müller is one of the most important international museums for modern sculpture

The sculpture garden is Hammacher's most famous feat, but he also acquires many images for "inside", often in close interaction with the images in the garden. With a large number of these images, The Beginning of a New World shows a multifaceted image of modern sculpture. The exhibition also includes later acquisitions, sometimes made as a supplement to the Hammer collection. One of the most important is Le commencement du monde by Constantin Brancusi, the image that inspired the title of the exhibition.

Publication and activities The publication The beginning of a new world. The development of modern sculpture is based on works from the collection of the Kröller-Müller Museum showing the development of modern sculpture from around 1880 to the sixties of the twentieth century. Isabelle Bisseling writes about the difficult history of the sculpture garden. Jurriaan Benschop investigates how the accents that Hammacher laid at the time in his purchases have an effect on the collection. The publication can be purchased for € 24.95 in the museum shop and webshop.

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