Simon Starling - Blue, Red, Yellow, Djungel
April 19th, 2014 - September 21st, 2014Blue, Red, Yellow, Djungel (2002) by Simon Starling (b. 1967, Epsom) investigates the functionality of the artistic process. The work consists of an enormous, hand-printed curtain – a replica of a famous 1928 design by Josef Frank – and all the materials that were needed to make the curtain, from the tree cut down in Trinidad on 22 March 2002 to the tables on which the work was done and the pots of dye used in printing the pattern. It seems obvious that the time-consuming process of making the replica has no economic utility.
Ger van Elk – Flatscreens
April 26th, 2014 - September 21st, 2014In his so-called flatscreens, Dutch artist Ger van Elk transforms existing paintings into moving images. A number of these works are based on neo-impressionist paintings by Georges Seurat, Paul Signac and Henri Edmond Cross. On the occasion of the Georges Seurat exhibition, the museum is showing this series of flatscreens in a complementary presentation. This is the first time that Van Elk’s Snow over Seurat and Seurat’s La Grève de Bas-Butin à Honfleur, upon which it is based, are being shown simultaneously.
Seurat. Master of pointillism
May 23rd, 2014 - September 7th, 2014Georges Seurat (Paris 1859- 1891) was the initiator of Neo-impressionism. With his paintings built up from countless tiny dots – or points – of paint and his great attention to scientific colour theories, he developed a new form of aesthetics. Seurat died young, at the age of just 31. He was only able to produce around 50 paintings in his short career. Through loans from museums and private collectors from all over the world, the museum has brought together 23 of his paintings and 24 of his drawings. It is the first time that so many of the painted and drawn works of Seurat are being exhibited in the Netherlands. Even Le Cirque (The Circus), one of the showpieces at the Musée d’Orsay, will be coming to Otterlo.
Seurat was one of the elite among the Parisian avant-garde artists, and exchanged ideas with like-minded artists and writers. Over the course of the nineteenth century, the French capital developed into a modern metropolis with wide boulevards, large parks, commercial entertainment venues, and a ring of suburbs. Seurat found plenty of subjects for his work. From the frivolous can-can depicted in Le Chahut to the Eiffel Tower, which he painted before construction work on the tower had been completed.
From 1885 onwards, Seurat spent his summers at resorts along the coast of Northern France, from Grandcamp to Gravelines. There he produced tranquil seascapes, greatly contrasting with the lively city scenes. One particular highlight is the series of paintings that Seurat produced in Gravelines – the complete series is on show.
Seurat’s influence and followers Seurat greatly influenced a whole generation of artists. Through his colleague and friend Paul Signac, Neo-impressionism spread through France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, to artists including Maximilien Luce, Henry van de Velde, Théo van Rysselberghe, and Jan Toorop. With around 60 works by these and other artists, the Kröller-Müller Museum is also showing the dissemination of Seurat’s new style of painting.
To accompany Seurat. Master of pointillism, the museum is organizing an extensive side-programme for young and old, with (dance) workshops, concerts, theatre performances and artists in residence. A lavishly illustrated publication, which places Georges Seurat in his times, will also be available, entitled SEURAT (+/- 160 pg.). ISBN Dutch edition: 978-90-73313-29-3, English edition: 978-90-73313-28-6, French edition: 978-90-73313-30-9.
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-With an exceptional loan from Musée d’Orsay-
Van Gogh & Co
April 25th, 2015 - September 27th, 2015On 29 July 2015 it will be exactly 125 years since Vincent van Gogh died. The Van Gogh Europe Foundation, a collaboration of around 30 organisations is seizing this opportunity to honour the Dutch artists under the theme ‘125 years of inspiration’. Activities will be organised throughout the year in various towns in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and England that featured in the life and work of the artist.
The exhibition Van Gogh & Co, at the Kröller-Müller, will concentrate on the traditional genres at the end of the 19th century: still life, vista/perspective, nature, cityscape and portrait. Works by Vincent van Gogh - more than 50 in total including paintings and drawings - from various periods will be combined with those of his contemporaries from the museum’s own collection. Visitors will have the chance to draw parallels and discover how Van Gogh dealt with the various genres.