The Clown, August Renoir


The Saga of One of the first European Female Art Collectors

Following the successful exhibition Vincent & Helene in 2003, the Kröller-Müller Museum presents Helene’s Favorites from August 10, 2004 through September 1, 2005. The exhibition consists of Helene Kröller-Müller's favorite paintings and decorative arts, supplemented by images of the interiors of her houses.

August 10th, 2004 to September 1st, 2005

Helene’s Favorites comprises of highlights from the museum’s collection, including paintings by Van Gogh, Israels, Toorop, Redon, Fantin-Latour, Signac and Seurat. Showcases will contain images of the interiors of the various houses in which Helene Kröller-Müller lived. Objects that can be seen in the images will be on display, like sculpture and applied arts by Mendes da Costa, Altorf, Rädecker, Czaky and Minne, as well as Greek vases and a silver service by Zwollo. The images from Helene’s personal archive help to create a picture of the development of her collection and her personal taste.  

Helene Kröller Müller

A biographical sketch of Helene written by the museum’s curator Piet de Jonge will accompany the exhibition. The book is illustrated with many pictures from Helene Kröller-Müller’s archive, many of which have never been previously published or exhibited. Besides owning the largest private collection of Van Gogh paintings, and being the patron of Mondrian, Helene Kröller-Müller assigned renowned architects like Berlage, Mies van der Rohe and Henry van der Velde to design a museum for her.  

Woman with Horse, Jean Metzinger

The Kröller-Müller Museum and the sculpture garden are located in Holland's largest national park amidst scenic woodland. The museum owes its existence to Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939), the daughter of a German industrialist. In 1888, she married the Dutchman, Anton Kröller, who succeeded her father as the manager of his business. Helene Kröller-Müller built up a large collection of fine art. By 1935, her collection had grown large enough in its own right to fill a gallery. She decided to transfer ownership to the Netherlands State. A museum was constructed in the National Park 'Hoge Veluwe.' The museum opened in 1938, and was enhanced by a sculpture garden in 1961.

Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Holland:
Kröller-Müller Museum and Sculpture Garden
Houtkampweg 6, 6731 AW Otterlo
Phone: +31 (0) 318 591 241
Opening hours: Tue - Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We wish to acknowledge our gratitude to the Netherlands Board of Tourism for enabling us to bring this article to our viewers.