Mix Match Museum

April 18th, 2015 - August 30th, 2015

The exhibition Mix Match Museum is the result of the online platform of the same name, on which the public, together with curators from six museums, compile exhibitions from six collections. All the Mix Match Museum exhibitions will open during the Museum Week (18-24 April) at the participating museums: Amsterdam Museum, the Groninger Museum, the Kröller-Müller Museum, Museum Boerhaave in Leiden, Museum TwentseWelle in Enschede and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.

From 10 October 2014 to 10 January 2015, everyone is free to browse the collections at www.mixmatchmuseum.nl. With the theme ‘fascination for the modern’, curators from these museums have drawn up a shortlist of 300 objects, from which the public is invited to assemble a mini expo that they would like to see. The only condition: there has to be a good story behind the selection.

Mix Match Museum has been made possible with the support of Stichting DOEN.

Mix Match Museum


Van Gogh & Co. Criss-crossing the collection

April 25th, 2015 - September 27th, 2015

In the Van Gogh Year 2015, with the theme ‘125 years of inspiration’, the Kröller-Müller Museum presents the exhibition Van Gogh & Co. Criss-crossing the collection. Still lifes, nature themes, cityscapes and the human figure by Vincent van Gogh are compared to works by his predecessors, contemporaries and followers in the same genres. More than fifty paintings and drawings by Van Gogh will be shown, along with an equal number of works by other artists, such as François Bonvin, Jan Toorop, Henri Fantin-Latour, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Paul Cézanne, Adolphe Monticelli and Bart van der Leck.

Tribute to Van Gogh
Besides the exhibition Van Gogh & Co. Criss-crossing the collection, a smaller presentation with tributes to Van Gogh is also on display. Among other things, this includes a sculpture of a tormented Van Gogh by Joseph Mendes da Costa and an impassioned homage to the artist made by Vilmos Huszár. A number of posters are also included. These were made in 1990 to commemorate Van Gogh’s death, at that time a hundred years previously. A variety of artists, such as Roy Lichtenstein, Giuseppe Penone and Mario Merz had made works that emphasized their admiration of Van Gogh and these are compiled in the series of posters.

A summer with Van Gogh (June – September)
A summer with Van Gogh is an extensive side programme organized by the museum to accompany the exhibition. Events include Van Gogh Concerts in association with NJO (Dutch Youth Orchestra Ensemble), Painting with the masters (Van Gogh digital painting game), special lectures Vincent and Helene (the founder of the Kröller-Müller Museum), drawing, painting and photography workshops and the cycle route Van Gogh and nature in association with the Hoge Veluwe National Park.

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Van Gogh & Co. Criss-crossing the collection


herman de vries. random drawings 1970-1975

June 6th, 2015 - September 20th, 2015

The oeuvre of herman de vries has recently received a great deal of attention. His inclusion as Dutch representative at the upcoming Venice Biennale constitutes a well-deserved crowning moment in an artistic practice that spans some fifty years. The Kröller-Müller Museum, in close collaboration with de vries, is now devoting an exhibition to his so-called random drawings from the period 1970-1975.

Chance and probability

The random drawings were created in de vries’ first years as a full-time artist and after he moved to the North Bavarian Eschenau, where he still lives today. The drawings derive from the organizing principles of chance and probability that are so characteristic for de vries. Inspired by the agricultural research that he carried out previously at the Plant Pathology Department in Wageningen, de vries began making random compositions, in which the elements – lines, stripes, fields, dots, circles – acquire their place in the composition through chance.

Connection with nature
This series, which forms a defined whole within the oeuvre, is supplemented in the exhibition by a number of works made shortly after 1975. These involve a natural random objectification, such as the works for which de vries dropped leaves onto sheets of paper. This establishes a connection with nature, which is so formative in his subsequent oeuvre.

Long relationship
The Kröller-Müller Museum has a long relationship with de vries. He is well represented in the collection and the museum previously organized several large and smaller presentations around his work.

Image: herman de vries, random colour dots in a random grid, 1974
in possession of the artist

herman de vries. random drawings 1970-1975