80 important aquisitions for 40 Dutch museums in a single exhibition

On the initiative of the Rembrandt Association, the Kröller-Müller Museum is organizing the exhibi tion For the love of art. Just once, more than 80 important acquisitions from 40 Dutch museums are brought together, all of which were acquired with the support of the Association in the past ten years. For the love of art shows the full range of museum acquisitions: ranging from a 3000-years-old Egyptian statue from the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam to a painting by Neo Rauch from Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle, which only left the artist’s workshop two years ago. A FEAST OF

Unexpected encounters

The 80 works, many of which are visitors’ favourites, are taken out of their usual context and displayed in surprising combinations. The combinations are not only visually fascinating; they also offer food for thought. For example, a monumental sixteenthcentury Biblical painting from Alkmaar hangs next to a huge photograph by Andreas Gursky from the Stedelijk Museum, and a prototype chair by Rietveld from the collection of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht is flanked by a painting by Alma-Tadema from Leeuwarden and a seventeenth-century floral still life from the Mauritshuis. Furthermore, the visitor obtains new insights into the acquisition history of the individual pieces and the sometimes exciting route that was taken to acquire the coveted work. In short, the exhibition will be a feast of unexpected encounters that invite exploratory walking, viewing and comparing.

Why visit For the love of the art in the Kröller-Müller?

The message imparted by the exhibition would certainly have appealed to the founder of the Kröller-Müller Museum, Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939). She devoted her life to accumulate a spectacular collection of modern art – in total almost 11,500 works – and to the creation of ‘her’ museum, which she donated to society. Her collection is one of the largest and most important private collections of the twentieth century, which have been transferred into public ownership. Director Lisette Pelsers adds: The exhibition shows a large part of the ‘Collection of the Netherlands’, of everything that goes on in the collection of art in the Netherlands. Its versatility is incredibly attractive. It is important that we show that there is movement in this collection. I personally look forward to all those different objects of enormous quality and great diversity. Of course, this exhibition is also about patronage, all those members of the Rembrandt Association who all contribute, I think that is very important. The private patronage of Helene Kröller-Müller has been the beginning of our museum, it is part of our DNA. In that sense, I think this exhibition is a great fit for our museum.”

The perfect day out

The Kröller-Müller Museum is located in the middle of National Park De Hoge Veluwe. The museum is internationally acclaimed for its world-leading collection: the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world (almost 90 paintings and over 180 drawings), but also masterpieces by modern masters such as Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondriaan. In one of the largest sculpture gardens in Europe, it houses over 160 sculptures by iconic artists. This combination of nature and exquisite art guarantees a perfect day out, just as the museum’s founder Helene Kröller-Müller intended.

Practical information

The museum is open from Tuesday through Sunday and on public holidays from 10.00 to 17.00 hrs. The sculpture garden closes at 16.30 hrs. The exhibition For the love of art will be on display from 30 September 2018 through 3 February 2019. More information: www.alskunstjeliefis.nl E-tickets and group reservations via www.krollermuller.nl

About the Rembrandt Association

The Rembrandt Association supports Dutch museums with important art acquisitions and is committed to the preservation of the public art collec tion. Since its establishment in 1883, the Rembrandt Association has contributed to the acquisition of many important and now indispensable works of art that have become accessible to all.