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Kröller Müller Sculpture Garden | Netherlands | Europe

[Visited: November 2006]

The museum of Kröller Müller has a lot to offer but, even though the weather was not very good, we decided to concentrate on the Sculpture Garden instead. Being outside while appreciating art seemed very attractive - and we were not disappointed. Right from the beginning, we enjoyed all kinds of completely different sculptures and pieces of art. Synthetic materials, rocks, metal, wood have all been made into pieces of art that have found a place in which they can be admired by the visitor.

Picture of Kröller Müller Sculpture Garden (Netherlands): Palisade by Evert Strobos: one of the prominent works of art

In the late 1930s, mrs. Kröller Müller opened her museum with the objects of art she had collected in preceding years. The museum has expanded and been renovated over the years, and the sculpture garden, which was opened in 1961, has turned into one of the largest of its kind in Europe with an area of twenty-five hectares. The garden is indeed spacious, and it means that all pieces of art have their own area in which they can be admired. Artists are from many different parts of the world. What is striking in the Kröller Müller sculpture garden, is that most objects of art blend in in their own way within the surrouding nature.

Picture of Kröller Müller Sculpture Garden (Netherlands): Pavillion by Aldo van Eyck, with several sculptures inside

There are almost classical sculptures of human figures, but also modern ones. Then there are abstract figures, others representing animals, flowers, houses or other wordly things. Some works of art are highly attractive and leave the visitor in awe, they are all original works, none resembling the other, and their common feature is their integration with the nature of the National Park de Hoge Veluwe. The artists are from all over the world, some have used materials that they found locally, others have made fantastic, creative objects that inspire the visitor. The careful integration of sculptures and their surroudings make the sculpture garden into an enormous outdoor museum in its own right.

Picture of Kröller Müller Sculpture Garden (Netherlands): Aristide Maillol: l'Air, sculpture of woman
Picture of Kröller Müller Sculpture Garden (Netherlands): Metal tube in the sculpture garden
Picture of Kröller Müller Sculpture Garden (Netherlands): Small sculpture in the sculpture garden with features reminding Picasso
Picture of Kröller Müller Sculpture Garden (Netherlands): Metal turned into art by van de Wint: View
Picture of Kröller Müller Sculpture Garden (Netherlands): Jardin d'Email by Jean Dubuffet in the sculpture garden
Picture of Kröller Müller Sculpture Garden (Netherlands): Rodin sculpture in the garden
Picture of Kröller Müller Sculpture Garden (Netherlands): Sculpture in the pavillion by Aldo van Eyck
Picture of Kröller Müller Sculpture Garden (Netherlands): Relatum by Lee Ufan: steel and natural stone
Picture of Kröller Müller Sculpture Garden (Netherlands): Echo of the Veluwe by Chris Booth
Picture of Kröller Müller Sculpture Garden (Netherlands): WD Spiral part one Cinema by Hermann Maier Neustadt
Picture of Kröller Müller Sculpture Garden (Netherlands): Kenneth Snelson: Needle tower, in the sculpture garden
Picture of Kröller Müller Sculpture Garden (Netherlands): Otterlo by Marta Pan: floating sculpture reflected in a pond
Picture of Kröller Müller Sculpture Garden (Netherlands): Metal tubes forming an object of art in the sculpture garden

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