Kröller-Müller Museum

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Kröller-Müller Museum
Entrance Kroller-Muller Museum.JPG
Entrance of the museum in 2008
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Location in Gelderland in the Netherlands
Established13 July 1938 (1938-07-13) [1]
LocationHoutkampweg 6 [2]
Otterlo, Netherlands
Coordinates 52°05′44″N5°49′01″E / 52.09556°N 5.81694°E / 52.09556; 5.81694 Coordinates: 52°05′44″N5°49′01″E / 52.09556°N 5.81694°E / 52.09556; 5.81694
Type Art museum
National museum
Visitors380,000 (2015 est.) [3]
DirectorLisette Pelsers [4]

The Kröller-Müller Museum (Dutch pronunciation: [krɵlərˈmylər myˌzeːjɵm] ) is a national art museum and sculpture garden, located in the Hoge Veluwe National Park in Otterlo in the Netherlands. The museum was founded by art collector Helene Kröller-Müller and opened in 1938. It has the second-largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh, after the Van Gogh Museum. The museum had 380,000 visitors in 2015.

Art museum building or space for the exhibition of art

An art museum or art gallery is a building or space for the display of art, usually from the museum's own collection. It might be in public or private ownership and may be accessible to all or have restrictions in place. Although primarily concerned with visual art, art galleries are often used as a venue for other cultural exchanges and artistic activities, such as performance arts, music concerts, or poetry readings. Art museums also frequently host themed temporary exhibitions which often include items on loan from other collections.

Sculpture garden outdoor garden dedicated to the presentation of sculpture

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Hoge Veluwe National Park

Nationaal Park De Hoge Veluwe is a Dutch national park in the province of Gelderland near the cities of Ede, Wageningen, Arnhem and Apeldoorn. It is approximately 55 square kilometers in area, consisting of heathlands, sand dunes, and woodlands. It is situated in the Veluwe, the area of the largest terminal moraine in the Netherlands. Most of the landscape of the park and the Veluwe was created during the last Ice Age. The alternating sand dune areas and heathlands may have been caused by human utilization of the surrounding lands. The park forms one of the largest continuous nature reserves in the Netherlands.



Helene Muller and Anton Kroller, ca. 1888 Portrait of Helene Muller and Anton Kroller.jpg
Helene Müller and Anton Kröller, ca. 1888

The Kröller-Müller Museum was founded by Helene Kröller-Müller, an avid art collector who, being advised by H.P. Bremmer, was one of the first to recognize Vincent van Gogh's genius and collect his works. In 1935, she donated her whole collection to the state of the Netherlands. In 1938, the museum, which was designed by Henry van de Velde, opened to the public. The sculpture garden was added in 1961 and the new exhibition wing, designed by Wim Quist, opened in 1977. [1]

Helene Kröller-Müller German art collector

Helene Kröller-Müller was one of the first European women to put together a major art collection. She is credited with being one of the first collectors to recognise the genius of Vincent van Gogh. She donated her entire collection to the Dutch people, along with her and her husband, Anton Kröller's, large forested country estate. Today it is the Kröller-Müller Museum and sculpture garden and Hoge Veluwe National Park, the largest national park in the Netherlands.

Henk Bremmer Dutch painter

Hendricus Peter (Henk) Bremmer was a Dutch painter, art critic, art teacher, collector and art dealer. He was the father of the painter Rudolph Bremmer (1900–1993).

Vincent van Gogh Influential Dutch Post-Impressionist painter (1853–1890)

Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life. They include landscapes, still lifes, portraits and self-portraits, and are characterised by bold colours and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art. However, he was not commercially successful, and his suicide at 37 followed years of mental illness and poverty.


Jardin d'email by Jean Dubuffet in the Kroller-Muller sculpture garden Jardin d'email Dubuffet.jpg
Jardin d'émail by Jean Dubuffet in the Kröller-Müller sculpture garden

The museum has a considerable collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh, such as Cafe Terrace at Night , Sorrowing Old Man ('At Eternity's Gate') and a version of The Potato Eaters , making it the second-largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world (after the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam). Apart from the Van Gogh paintings other highlights include works by Piet Mondrian, Georges-Pierre Seurat, Odilon Redon, Georges Braque, Paul Gauguin, Lucas Cranach, James Ensor, Juan Gris, and Pablo Picasso.

<i>At Eternitys Gate</i> oil painting by Vincent van Gogh

Sorrowing Old Man is an oil painting by Vincent van Gogh that he made in 1890 in Saint-Rémy de Provence based on an early lithograph. The painting was completed in early May at a time when he was convalescing from a severe relapse in his health some two months before his death, which is generally accepted as a suicide.

<i>The Potato Eaters</i> painting by Vincent van Gogh

The Potato Eaters is an oil painting by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh painted in April 1885 in Nuenen, Netherlands. It is in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The original oil sketch of the painting is at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, and he also made lithographs of the image, which are held in collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The painting is considered to be one of Van Gogh's masterpieces.

Van Gogh Museum Art museum, National museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Sculpture garden

The Kröller-Müller Museum is also famous for its large sculpture garden, within the forest park, of more than 75 acres (30 ha) and one of the largest in Europe, with a fine collection of modern and contemporary sculptures. The garden reflects Helene Kröller-Müller's conception of a symbiosis between art, architecture and nature. [5] The collection includes works by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Jean Dubuffet, Mark di Suvero, Lucio Fontana, Claes Oldenburg, Fritz Wotruba, Joep van Lieshout and many more.

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Modern art Artistic works produced during the period extending roughly from the 1860s to the 1970s

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Contemporary art art of the present time beginning with Pop Art and Conceptual Art

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Selected collection highlights

Paul Signac French painter

Paul Victor Jules Signac was a French Neo-Impressionist painter who, working with Georges Seurat, helped develop the Pointillist style.

<i>Café Terrace at Night</i> painting by Vincent van Gogh

Café Terrace at Night is an 1888 oil painting by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. It is also known as The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum, and, when first exhibited in 1891, was entitled Coffeehouse, in the evening.

Georges Seurat 19th-century French artist

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2012307,000 [8]
2013330,000 [9]
2014392,000 [3]
2015380,000 [3]

Lisette Pelsers has been museum director of the Kröller-Müller Museum since 2012. [4] [10]

The museum had 307,000 visitors in 2012, [8] 330,000 visitors in 2013, [9] 392,000 in 2014, [3] and 380,000 in 2015. [3]

The museum was the 12th most visited museum nationally in 2013. [11]

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<i>Coucher de soleil no. 1</i> painting by Jean Metzinger

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