WHAT DOES THE FOUNDATION DO WITH MY CONTRIBUTION?

A question that often comes up in response to fundraising is: ‘Where does the money go?’ The project page expands on projects, both completed and ongoing. The Helene Kröller-Müller Fonds foundation offers full openness in its annual review (NL) (2017).

GOALS

The foundation contributes to:

  • educational projects, such as the game ‘Verzamelen als Helene’ (Collect like Helene);
  • restoring masterpieces, for example Jean Dubuffet’s piece Jardin d’émail, which is a visitor favourite;
  • exhibitions, including the summer exhibition Odilon Redon: La littérature et la musique (from June 2018).

ORIGINS OF THE FOUNDATION 

The Helene Kröller-Müller Fonds was founded in 2013 as part of a joint initiative by the politician Alexander Pechtold and the actress Johanna ter Steege. Their aim was to preserve the most beautiful museum in the Netherlands.

The foundation is meant for private individuals and businesses that support the collection and the museum.

The foundation bears the name of the founder of the museum: Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939). She and her adviser, H.P. Bremmer, collected approximately 11,500 pieces of art.

‘FOR THE USE AND PLEASURE OF THE COMMUNITY’

Helene Kröller-Müller and her husband Anton Kröller amassed a unique and now world-famous collection of nineteenth and twentieth century art by making bold purchases.

Helene dreamed of her own ‘museum house’ where she could share her passion for modern art with the world.

In 1938, Helene’s dream came true with the opening of the Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller. In order to maintain the collection and ensure that it was kept ‘for the use and pleasure of the community,’ wealthy art lovers were invited to make annual contributions to the museum.

Today, art still requires personal involvement; not just from those who wish to enjoy art themselves but from those who wish for others to share in their enjoyment as well.


WILL YOU HELP KEEP THE ‘MUSEUM HOUSE’ ALIVE?

Your contribution will help keep the collection in mint condition and ensure others can admire these masterpieces.
Are you interested? Please contact our assistant fund manager Daniëlle van Stralen. You can reach her by calling +31 (0)318 591241 or by sending an e-mail to daniellevanstralen@hkmfonds.nl


MEET THE INITIATORS

Alexander Pechtold
Chairman of the D66 parliamentary party in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament.

‘Do you love the Kröller-Müller?’ I used to love going there as a child, because it is in the middle of the forest which always meant a day full of adventure. To this very day, I am already enjoying myself even before I enter the park... Read more >>
Johanna ter Steege
Actress

‘That sense of wonder...’ I was thirteen when I first visited the Kröller-Müller Museum sculpture garden. It was a beautiful day and the sculpture garden seemed infinitely big. As we were walking through the garden, we found Jean Dubuffet’s Jardin d'émail, which made a huge and lasting impression on me. Read more >>

The initiators are supported by the following ambassadors:
Martijn Sanders - Honorary chairperson
Victor Doorn
Wiebe Draijer
Harm Edens
Sjoerd Eisma
Eran Habets
Anthony van der Heijden
Maarten Schellingerhout
Michiel van Schooten
Jan Karel van der Staay
Hanneke Stegeman
René Verhulst

For more information about the ambassadors >>


Photo above: Helene Kröller-Müller during the opening of the Kröller-Müller Museum on 13 July 1938.