If modern art is your meat, Kroller-Muller museum is a banquet


March 20, 1994|By New York Times News Service

Q: Can you give me any information about the Kroller-Muller museum in the Netherlands?

A: The museum, renowned for its sculpture park and a collection of 278 works by van Gogh, is situated in the Hoge Veluwa National Park, a 13,600-acre nature reserve in Otterlo, in the eastern part of the country.

The reserve was once owned by Anton Kroller and his wife, the former Helene Muller, who gave the site and her art collection to the state in 1935. It was considered one of the first important collections of modern art in the world, and the Dutch built a museum to house it in 1938.

Mrs. Kroller's collection, which can be seen there today, consisted mainly of paintings, sculptures and drawings of the 19th and early 20th centuries, including works by Seurat, Leger, Mondrian, Gris, Picasso, van der Leck and Braque.

It also included paintings of the 17th and 16th centuries, old Chinese and ancient Greek ceramics and jade figures from the Far East.

The original collection, including the van Goghs, is shown in the older part of the museum. Works from 1950 to the present day are housed in the building's newer sections. They include

sculptures, reliefs and drawings by Anthony Caro, Joseph Beuys and Louise Nevelson.

More than 60 works of sculpture are displayed in a permanent outdoor exhibition begun in 1961. In many cases the artists were invited to view the site their works would occupy and create a work for it.

The museum, some 30 miles east of Utrecht, is open all year from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Mondays and New Year's Day. Admission is about $4; $2 for children 6 to 12.

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