1940 – 1944

Wartime development

Part of: War years

In the first months of the war, a variety of safety measures are taken. Thus, the art collection is moved to a bomb shelter. Despite the complications, Sam van Deventer wants to extend the museum. Architect Henry van de Velde is commissioned to design a sculpture gallery.

Measures

St Hubertus hunting lodge with a symbol for 'cultural heritage' on the tower

St Hubertus hunting lodge with a symbol for 'cultural heritage' on the tower

Transferring the collection / Construction of the bomb shelter, early 1940

Deelen military airfield

Compensation contract for Deelen, 18 February 1942 / Map with Deelen military airfield bottom right

Death of Anton Kröller

Only after the war do the graves of Helene and Anton get a tombstone

Only after the war do the graves of Helene and Anton get a tombstone

Visitors in 1942

Building plans

Design for extension of Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller by Henry van de Velde, May 1944
Sam van Deventer, Henry van de Velde, Chief Government Architect Kees Bremer, architect Gerrit Baas and sculptor John Rädecker, 1943

Sam van Deventer, Henry van de Velde, Chief Government Architect Kees Bremer, architect Gerrit Baas and sculptor John Rädecker