The Kröller-Müller Museum is the life work of Helene Kröller-Müller (11 February 1869 - 14 December 1939). Together with her husband Anton Kröller she acquired nearly 11,500 works of art between 1907 and 1922. This makes her collection one of the largest private collections of the 20th century.
Helene dreamt of her own ‘museum house’, where she could share her love of modern art with everyone. She saw that dream materialize in 1938 when the Kröller-Müller Museum opened its doors. The design was by Belgian architect Henry van de Velde. In the 1970s a new wing was added, designed by Dutch architect Wim Quist.
The sculpture garden
The sculpture garden designed by prof. Jan Bijhouwer was opened in 1961, with works by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth among others. The sculpture garden developed into one of the largest in Europe, with over 160 sculptures by iconic artists. Two architectural gems from the 1960s were given a permanent place in the garden in 1995 and 2005: the pavilions by Gerrit Rietveld and Aldo van Eyck respectively.