Kröller-Müller Museum (Otterloo, NL)

Paris? New York? Amsterdam? Name a place where the collection except works by Giacometti, Cézanne and Manet and many more also has 91 paintings and 180 drawings by Vincent van Gogh.

It’s not an international capitol or metrolopis. No, it’s the calm of the woods in Otterloot that surrounds the Kröller-Müller Museum and its garden.

Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939) collected especially art from the second part of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Also Picasso, Léger, Seurat and Mondriaan are in this beautiful collection.

Especially the development of Mondriaan’s style is very beautiful to see in this museum. Starting with the research in realism till the abstract works that made him famous.

In 1925 Helene Kröller-Müller came out with her Observations on Issues in the Development of Modern Painting, which she published privately. In this book she identified two movements that have alternately held sway throughout the development of art: realism and idealism.
Both movements are based on observed reality. Those artists whom she regarded as realists are mainly concerned with observation: the use of light, the rendering of material and the effect of colour and perspective. Idealists tend to abstract the forms they are working with and offer a view of their ‘idea’ of reality.

In 1933 she wrote: ‘Part of the intention of forming this collection was to show – to prove – that abstract art is not something insurmountable but that it has always existed. That is why you find new and older works here side by side. I meant to use the old to support the right of the new to exist.’
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The Kröller-Müller museum is a nice place with a beautiful collection. The ride to the museum through the nature sets the pace to enjoy the masterpieces.
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PS There is also the Jachthuis (Lodge) Sint-Hubertus of the family Kröller-Müller nearby. This building, the interior, garden and bridge are designed by Berlage.


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