Renilde Hammacher was curator of modern art at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen from 1962 until 1978. In this period she shaped one of the most important museum collections of modern art in the Netherlands. To celebrate her hundredth birthday in March 2013, the museum exhibited a selection of the works she acquired by post-war artists.
Mark Rothko’s large canvas ‘Grey, Orange on Maroon, no. 8’ has not been on display for some time and many visitors have asked about it. This month it makes its welcome return to the museum as part of an exhibition of works collected by Renilde Hammacher. In addition to ‘the Rothko’, Hammacher also acquired works by Salvador Dalí, René Magritte and Man Ray, among others. She also curated major exhibitions, such as the legendary Dalí retrospective in 1970, opened by the Surrealist master himself. Looking back on his tenure as director of the museum in 1978, Coert Ebbinge called Renilde Hammacher ‘a great, stimulating and driving force’.
Alongside the work by Rothko, the exhibition included masterpieces by Lee Bontecou, Jim Dine, Gilbert & George, Jan Dibbets and Jannis Kounellis. In the entrance area a display of museum posters and photographs that give an impression of the activities of this extraordinary curator were on show till the beginning of June 2013.
The exhibition is accompanied by a Boijmans Study with an extensive interview with Renilde Hammacher by Marijke Peyser which is available in the museum shop and webshop (only in Dutch).