Acquisitions

On this page you will find information about a selection of acquisitions of the Kröller-Müller Museum. Acquisitions in the sculpture garden are also in the section 'sculpture garden' (and in the archive).  

Purchased in 2012

Vincent

1915

Vilmos Huszár (1884 - 1960)

casein on asbestos-cement

Vincent by Vilmos Huszár has been on the museum’s wish list for many years. It was offered for sale in 1993, but at that time the museum had insufficient funds at its disposal. In the spring of 2012 it came up for sale again at Christie’s in London and this time the museum was able to acquire the painting. The work is on display in the museum’s new presentation of the collection. The acquisition was funded entirely with money from the BankGiro Lottery, the Netherlands’ culture lottery.

Vilmos Huszár was born in Budapest in 1884. Via contacts he made during his study in Munich, Huszár arrived in The Hague, where he settled in 1906. There he became acquainted with the art critic H.P. Bremmer, who was devoted to the then less well-known Vincent van Gogh. In 1915, Huszár madeVincent as a tribute to Van Gogh, whom he also admired greatly. The title VINCENT can still be seen on the original frame. The painting depicts a stylized sunflower, composed of shapes in bright blue, green, red, orange and yellow. The work makes a dynamic impression and shows that Huszár was oriented towards the international avant-garde movements of cubism and futurism. 

Vincent was created shortly before Vilmos Huszár came into contact with Theo van Doesburg and began working in his later, abstract-geometric style. In 1917, Huszár was one of the founders of De Stijl, together with Van Doesburg, Piet Mondriaan and Bart van der Leck. 
While Vincent is in keeping with the cubist and particularly the futurist works in the museum’s collection, by Umberto Boccioni and Giacomo Balla, it also dovetails with the large collection of works by De Stijl artists, notably the early works of Van Doesburg, such as Dancers from 1916.

Vincent - Vilmos Huszár (1884 - 1960)
Purchased in 2011

Two leaf insects

1989

Jan Fabre (1958)

ballpoint pen ink on paper, leaf insects

In 2011 the museum held a retrospective of the work of Jan Fabre. The decision had already been taken previously to include a representation of his work in the collection (see the annual report for 2010). In Fabre’s work, an important position is reserved for the way in which energy is depleted and recharged. Physical energy plays the leading role in his intrinsically positive approach to life and in his own artistic work. The emotions, thinking, sexual activity, the motor functions, all the material aspects of the body, such as organs, the skeleton, fluids, and everything that can be done with them, are both his subjects and his materials. For Fabre, the body is the centre of his universe. The brain is just as important for creativity as the sexual organs: they might well be interchangeable for Fabre. He explores his brain literally and figuratively and aims to grasp it by reporting on his quest in sculptures and drawings. His brain is his own treasure trove, which opens up before him like a personal cosmos and out of which he extracts his works. Poetry and beauty predominate in his work. Humans and animals appear in all sorts of guises and the cycle of life and death is a constant theme. In consultation with the artist, a group of recent works (sculptures, drawings and a film) was selected, whereby it was possible to give a series of eight Chapters a place in the sculpture garden, thanks to a very generous gesture from the artist. Furthermore, a number of important works from his ‘blue’ period – the seventies and eighties, when he worked mainly with Bic ballpoint ink – were acquired from the artist’s collection and at auction.

Two leaf insects - Jan Fabre (1958)
Purchased in 2011

The sun

1902

Auguste Herbin (1882 - 1960)

oil on canvas

The painting Le Soleil from 1902 by Auguste Herbin had already been on loan to the museum for a considerable time by the now deceased husband and wife P. and M. Donk-Kaars Sijpesteijn. In 2009 it was acquired from their heirs, partly through the exchange-loan of a bequeathed work, partly through purchase. The museum has a fine series of works by Herbin, which show his development in the first half of the 20th century, from cubism via abstract art to realism, in important works. This early painting shows how pointillism was his earliest source of inspiration. The painting not only increases the representation of Herbin’s work in the collection, but also provides more depth to a very powerful group of pointillist works in the collection. The work will be part of an exhibition devoted to pointillism that the museum is currently preparing.

The sun - Auguste Herbin (1882 - 1960)