In the sculpture garden in the grounds of Kasteel het Nijenhuis more than 90 sculptures from the collections of Museum de Fundatie, Museum Beelden aan Zee in Scheveningen and the Province of Overijssel are exhibited on 4.5 hectares of ornamental gardens, lawns and woodland.
Dirk Hannema (1896-1984), the founder of Museum de Fundatie, took up residence in Kasteel het Nijenhuis with his art collection in 1958. His sculptures he placed in the garden, for example the Sundial and the Large Woman's Head by Ossip Zadkine and the Wilhelmina by Charlotte van Pallandt. In 1989 the Hildebrand Monument by Jan Bronner was given a place in the garden, followed in the nineties by work of Dora Dolz, Pjotr Müller and Joost van den Toorn. In recent years large sculptures have been added by Ronald A. Westerhuis, David Bade, Caspar Berger, Tom Claassen and Yasser Ballemans – bought in conjunction with Lowlands Festival. After the robbery of the Rodin sculpture at the Singer Museum Laren, Museum de Fundatie had no choice but to remove its bronzes from the garden. Meanwhile, however, the security of the garden has been raised to an optimum level in co-operation with the Province of Overijssel, so that Hannema’s bronzes can be put outside again.
Collection from Museum Beelden aan Zee
Museum Beelden aan Zee has granted us a wonderful loan of about 40 works. Museum de Fundatie considers it a great honour to exhibit these objects. Beelden aan Zee is a prominent museum in this country in the field of modern and contemporary international sculpture. In the collection amassed by Theo and Lida Scholten the 'image of man' of man' is central. The Museum was founded in 1994 and in the same year its beautiful building in Scheveningen, designed by Wim Quist, was opened. The amalgamation of the private collections of Theo and Lida Scholten and Dirk Hannema in the grounds of Kasteel het Nijenhuis provides a varied insight into the development of modern sculpture. In addition to the permanent presentations inside and outside the manor house there are always temporary exhibitions on display.
Artists represented in the sculpture garden
In alphabetical order: Kenneth Armitage (UK), Herbert Albrecht(AT), Andreu Alfaro(ES), Nicolas Alquin (BE), Hendrik Ansum, Karel Appel, Burkard Backe (DE), David Bade, Yasser Ballemans, Kevin Bauer, Toni Benetton(IT), Caspar Berger, Joachim Berthold(DE), Frode Bolhuis, René de Boer, Martin Borchert, Jan Bronner, Hede Bühl(DE), Axel Cassel (DE), Pino Castagna(IT), Georges Charpentier(FR), Tom Claassen, Eric Claus, Michael Croissant(DE), Eugène Dodeigne(FR), Dora Dolz(ES), Frank Dornseif(DE), Dorothé van Driel, Bartholomeus Eggers (attribution), Lothar Fischer(DE), Alphons Freijmuth, Gregor Gaida (DE), Heringa/VanKalsbeek, Alfred Hrdlicka (AT), Allen Jones(UK), Gooitzen de Jong, Nic Jonk, Kunihiko Kato(JP), Yubi Kirindongo(CW), Dietrich Klinge(DE), Fritz Koenig(DE), Rainer Kriester(DE), Gust Kulche(BE), Titus Leeser, Ignatius van Logteren, Sien van Meurs, Igor Mitoraj (PL), Bernard Müller-Feijen(DE), Mario Negri(IT), Waldemar Otto(PL), Sonja Oudendijk, Charlotte van Pallandt, Theresia van der Pant, Josef Pillhofer(AT), André Raboud(FR), Cornelius Rogge, Steef Roothaan, Marc de Roover (BE), Sandro Setola, Willem Speekenbrink, Arthur Spronken, Hans Steinbrenner (DE), Elisabeth Stienstra, Werner Stötzer(DE), Bé Thoden van Velzen, Joost van den Toorn, Sophia Vari (EL), Dieke Venema, Adri Verhoeven, Jan Verschoor, Oswald Wenckebach, Trak Wendisch (DE), Ronald A. Westerhuis, Han Wezelaar, Jos Wong, Ossip Zadkine(FR), Zhou Brothers (CN), Hedwig Zweerus-Weeber, Henk Zweerus.