Kröller-Müller Museum | Otterlo
Gelderland, The Netherlands
The Kröller-Müller Museum is an art museum located in Otterlo, the Netherlands, famous for its collection of modern art and its beautiful sculpture garden.
The museum was founded in 1938 by the German collector Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939), to display her personal collection of art.
Since its foundation, the Kröller-Müller Museum is housed in a small building, designed by Belgian architect Henry van de Velde, located on a beautiful site in the Hoge Veluwe National Park. The museum has been substantially enlarged in 1977 on a design by the Dutch architect Wim Quis.
The Kröller-Müller is famous for its collection of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, one of the largest in the world, but its collection also includes works by other modern and contemporary artists such as Georges Seurat, Paul Gauguin, Georges Braque, Piet Mondrian, Juan Gris, and Pablo Picasso, to name a few.
As anticipated, the museum is also renowned for its sculpture garden, a 25- hectare park where – along with lawns, ponds, and majestic trees – works by artists such as Rodin, Henry Moore, Giuseppe Penone, Christo, Richard Serra, and Jean Dubuffet, as well as pavilions by Gerrit Rietveld, Aldo van Eyck, and Van der Velde, can be appreciated by the visitors in a fascinating combination of art and nature.
The program of the Kröller-Müller Museum features temporary exhibitions and special events; visitors can borrow bicycles for free at the museum. The main building also accommodates a small auditorium and a self-service restaurant. The Kröller-Müller museum is fully accessible to people with disabilities
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