On the initiative of the Rembrandt Association, the Kröller-Müller Museum is organizing the exhibition For the love of art. For one time only, more than eighty important acquisitions from forty Dutch museums are brought together, all of which were acquired with the support of the Rembrandt Association in the past ten years. For the love of art shows the full range of museum acquisitions: paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and so much more. The oldest work is about three thousand years old, the most recent dates from 2016. Together, the acquisitions give an idea of how the Dutch National Collection – which is accessible to all – has been enriched in the years 2008 to 2018.
A feast of unexpected encounters
The eighty works, many of which are visitors’ favourites, are taken out of their usual context and displayed in surprising combinations. To give just two examples: the monumental panel Jacob flees from Laban (c. 1535) by Cornelis Buys II, a masterpiece from the Stedelijk Museum in Alkmaar, is shown alongside the impressive photograph Frankfurt (2007) by Andreas Gursky from the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and Prototype ‘Low Chair’ (1946-1952) by Gerrit Rietveld, from the Centraal Museum in Utrecht is displayed next to Entrance of the theatre (1866) by Lawrence Alma-Tadema from the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden. Furthermore, the visitor obtains insight into the acquisition history of the individual pieces and the sometimes suspenseful route that was necessary to acquire the coveted work. In short, the exhibition will be a feast of unexpected encounters that invite exploratory walking, viewing and comparing.
Satellite programme throughout the Netherlands
As a supplement and reference to the exhibition at the Kröller-Müller Museum, a satellite programme has been organized throughout the Netherlands with a series of twenty mini presentations at fifteen museums. Each presentation shows an acquisition in relation to the collection of the museum to which it now belongs. This serves to further emphasize that the Dutch National Collection is never complete. For more information about the participating museums and art works, go to the website of the Rembrandt Association (in Dutch).