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Van Gogh to Mondrian:Modern Art
from the Kröller-Müller Museum

Seattle Art Museum
Seattle WA thru Sep 12, 2004

Vincent Van Gogh - Sorrowing Old Man
Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), Sorrowing Old Man (1890), oil on canvas [Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA, to Sep 12]


Over the summer, the Seattle Art Museum is featuring a significant collection of works from the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands. The founder of the Dutch museum, Helene Kröller-Müller, collected works from the turn of the 20th century onward with an eye for modern painting. Her ambition was to collect works that would "stand the test of time, to give to future generations that which I consider the best in life”. She opened the Museum in 1938 to house the collection.

Major movements in art history represented in this exhibit include Symbolism, Neo-Impressionism and Cubism. More than eighty artworks by such renowned artists as Seurat, Juan Gris, and Fernand Léger are presented. Among the highlights are Picasso’s Standing Nude (1908), Van Gogh’s Cafe Terrace at Night (1888) and Seurat’s Sunday, Port-en-Bessin (1888). The exhibition includes furniture by H.P. Berlage and a stained glass window designed by Bart van der Leck. Also featured are architectural drawings by Mies van der Rohe, Berlage and Van der Velde, three of the architects involved in the planning and designing of the Kröller-Müller Museum.

The Kröller-Müller Museum houses one of the world’s largest collections of paintings and drawings by Vincent Van Gogh. Twenty-two of these works, many never previously exhibited outside of Europe, are on display. Piet Mondrian was another favourite of Helene Kröller-Müller. A collection of Mondrian’s drawings dating between 1912-19 document a period of striking evolution for this artist. After making its debut in Seattle, the exhibit will travel to the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, the only other venue in the North America. A full-colour catalogue accompanies the exhibit.

Allyn Cantor

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