In 2018 the Kröller-Müller Museum celebrates its 80th anniversary with the launch of the Timeline. Extraordinary stories from our archives, which have never been made public before. For instance, did you know that The potato eaters by Vincent van Gogh was acquired not by Helene, but by the first curator of the museum, Willy Auping jr.? And do you know where Helene’s painting collection was during the Second World War?
At this moment, the Timeline contains the history of the Kröller-Müller Museum up to 1990. You can read about the woman who bequeathed the second largest Van Gogh collection to the Netherlands and founded one of the first museums for modern art in 1938. And the story of the museum during the Second World War, which informs you how curator Willy Auping jr. kept the art collection out of the hands of the German occupiers. With the realization of the sculpture garden in 1961, Bram Hammacher gave the museum a new dimension.
Director Rudi Oxenaar extended the museum in the 70s with a new wing, designed by Dutch architect Wim Quist. The glass walls of the building emphasize one of the museum’s fundamental ideas: the combination of art, nature and architecture.