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September 27, 2004
From journal Amazing Amsterdam and its Surroundings
by Matt Keedy
February 12, 2003
The Kroller Muller museum is near Arnhem, in the Netherlands. I have been twice and highly recommend it. It is a lot less crowded than the museums in Amsterdam, and the setting is so relaxing it is easy to become absorbed in the art and the surroundings.
The museum was named after Helene Kroller Muller, the daughter of a German industrialist who amassed an extensive collection of van Gogh's work and then started adding impressive works by Suerat, Picasso, Leger, Mondrian, and many other artists' significant work. The museum sits in a national park that was part of the extensive land holdings of the Kroller Muller family, who used it as a hunting estate at the turn of the century.
In 1961, a sculpture garden was added, which has become one of the largest in Europe. It is beautifully tended and very relaxing to stroll through. It shows the developments of sculpture through the end of the 19th century and includes exceptional pieces by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Richard Serra, Mario Merz, Jean Dubuffet, and Claes Oldenburg, amongst others.
The museum is a wonderful legacy combining the arts of architecture, sculpture, nature, and painting--a unique combination that seems to draw art and nature enthusiasts from around the world.
From journal The Great Waterways of Europe/Amsterdam