2009 – 2012

Utopia as guiding principle

Part of: Van Straaten

The concept of ‘utopia’ is central to Van Straaten’s collection policy. Despite the necessary cutbacks resulting from the financial crisis, Van Straaten manages to acquire a number of important works around this theme before stepping down in 2012. These purchases give rise to exhibitions and public activities, such as Longing for perfection, with which Van Straaten concludes his directorship.

Credit crunch

herman de vries

To clean or not to clean

All shadows that struck me in…

Jan Dibbets, All shadows that struck me in the Kröller-Müller Museum (1969), execution 2009

Sweet Summer

Sweet Summer Nights, 2009

Sweet Summer Nights, 2009

Obsolete equipment

Jenny Holzer, Selections from 'The survival series', 1983 and Christiaan Bastiaans, Straggling, 1996

Utopian collecting

Jos Kruit

Tribute to the donors

In memoriam Martin Visser, 2009

In memoriam Martin Visser, 2009

Club Mama Gemütlich

Brancusi’s cosmos

Constantin Brancusi, Head of a woman, circa 1909-1920

Constantin Brancusi, Head of a woman, c. 1909-1920

Attempt at perfection

Cutbacks in culture

Loan policy

Expose

Joost van den Toorn and Outsider Art

The Park 75th anniversary

With Us in the Nature

Gilbert & George, "The Paintings" (with Us in the Nature) (1971), 2010

Sweet Summer Nights anniversary

Reconstruction of Rietveld pavilion

Reconstruction of Rietveld paviljoen, 2010

Reconstruction of Rietveld paviljoen, 2010

Eternity collected

The dark side of utopia

Free admission on 9 January

Ploughing, raking and digging

Jan Dibbets, Construction 2 rolls of grass, 1967 en Plowing [] (1967), Raked sand (1968), Meadow piece (1968), 4 circles (1967)

Tent project Cornelius Rogge

Hortus/Corpus

Sculpture garden 50th anniversary

Sweet Summer Nights; 50th anniversary of the sculpture garden, 2011

Sweet Summer Nights; 50th anniversary of the sculpture garden, 2011

‘Deceiver’

Shoichi Ida, Penetration/evaporation no. 7 (2002), Katarzyna Kobro, Female nude (1948, cast in 1989), Mario García Torres, I always thought Anselmo's Invisible (1971) should be installed against a window (2011)

Windflower

Lisette Pelsers becomes the new director

Longing for perfection

Evert van Straaten wordt verrast door het personeel, 31 maart 2012

On the day of his departure, the staff surprised Evert van Straaten with the organization of a special performance program in the sculpture garden, 31 March 2012