Need an escape from the bustle of the city; looking to enjoy a perfect blend of art and nature? Visit the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo! In addition to the great masters such as Vincent van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondriaan and many others, shown in the Van Gogh Gallery, the museum presents a varied exhibition program. Here we display the five exhibitions up to and including winter 2019 – 2020 – make sure you don’t miss out!
1. THE BEGINNING OF A NEW WORLD. THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN SCULPTURE 1 JUNE TO 29 SEPTEMBER 2019
A joy for all sculpture enthusiasts, this exhibition shows the development of modern sculpture through the eyes of director Bram Hammacher, director from 1948 to 1963. He made the Kröller-Müller one of the most important international museums for modern sculpture. The beginning of a new world takes you on a journey through time. The exhibition shows the development of modern sculpture from around 1880 to the 1960s. From ‘great predecessors from the nineteenth century’, such as Auguste Rodin and Aristide Maillol, and innovators like Constantin Brancusi and Pablo Picasso, to pioneers such as Jean Arp and Barbara Hepworth.
2. JAN VAN MUNSTER. IN MOTION 1970 -> 2020. 4 MAY 2019 – 13 OCTOBER 2019
In this exhibition, Jan van Munster’s ‘Ice tables’ form the glistening centerpiece: three tables of different sizes, as sturdy as a butcher’s chopping block and covered with a fragile layer of white ice crystals. Visit also Battery for five fingers (1995), a work in the sculpture garden, which Jan van Munster recently donated to the museum. The nine-ton granite sphere is one big ball of restrained energy. The five round holes invite you to insert your fingers, in order to ‘charge yourself’.
3. INOPPORTUNE: STAGE TWO. 28 SEPTEMBER 2019 – 19 APRIL 2020
This monumental installation by the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang (1957) has only been shown once previously at the Kröller-Müller, but it was immediately a visitors’ favorite. This room-filling and impressive installation consists of nine life-sized replica tigers that jump powerfully through the room. The tigers are pierced by dozens of arrows and are in their death throes. This poignant work is not only an indictment against the eradication of this predator, but also more generally against the havoc that humankind wreaks through all forms of violence and war.
4. DRAWN FROM LIFE. WORKS ON PAPER 1850 – 1950. 12 OCTOBER 2019 – 19 JANUARY
2020 The collection of the Kröller-Müller Museum is famed worldwide for its paintings by great masters such as Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Mondriaan and Seurat. But the museum collection is even richer. The exhibition Drawn from life presents a selection from the more than 4,500 drawings, pastels, watercolours and prints from 1850 – 1950, many of which are seldom on show. Drawn from life presents works on paper by artists such as George Breitner, Jozef Israëls, Bart van der Leck, Jan Toorop, Pablo Picasso, Odilon Redon, Paul Signac and Georges Seurat. The works provide an insight into life in the late 19th and early 20th century and shows all aspects of drawing: from quick doodles in sketchbooks and endless studies of the same object to highly detailed scenes.
5. OUTSIDE THE MUSEUM. OPENING THE BOMB SHELTER – 19 SEPTEMBER – 27 OCTOBER 2019*
In September we commemorate the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden. As part of this, the museum’s so-called bomb shelter will be opened for the first time. The art collection of Helene Kröller-Müller was stored here during the Second World War. Commissioned by Helene, the construction of a bomb shelter in a sand dune in the Veluwe started as early as 1939, but when the war broke out, the work was not yet finished. On 22 July 1940, the entire collection was housed there. The works of art were packed in order of value and moved in small groups to the bomb shelter. Within a week, all works were secured, and the museum closed its doors.
*) Bomb shelter open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11.00 a.m. to 15.00 p.m.