A stroll through the 25-hectare large sculpture garden is a real discovery tour. A unique collection of sculptures by artists including Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Richard Serra and Jean Dubuffet can be found dotted around the garden, sometimes in unexpected places. Also adorning the garden are two pavilions by Aldo van Eyck and Gerrit Rietveld; architectural gems dating from the 1960s that were rebuilt and given a new home here. The sculpture garden is open all year round and exudes a different ambience with every season.
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Ticks can be found wherever there is ground-level vegetation in the Netherlands, so that includes De Hoge Veluwe National Park and the sculpture garden. A tick bite is usually harmless, but in some cases it can cause Lyme disease. Check yourself and others for tick bites after your ‘nature excursion’. If you have been bitten, it is important to remove the tick without delay.
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A selection of acquisitions, on view in the sculpture garden:
Replacement Piece by Ger van ElkThe museum acquired an early work by this artist, which has a permanent place in the concrete path in front of the museum. It concerns Replacement Piece, the idea and first version of which date from 1969. The work consists of the removal of one square metre of ground and its replacement with a photograph of the removed section. In 1969 Van Elk replaced a piece of asphalt from the road in front of the Kunsthalle in Bern with a photograph on a hard sheet. He did this as part of the legendary exhibition Live in your head: When Attitudes become Form, organized by Harold Szeemann. The first work was soon lost due to the effects of weather and traffic. This second durable version from 2011 consists of the removal of one square metre from the concrete entry path to the Kröller-Müller Museum and its replacement with a digital reproduction. The photograph is mounted on a stainless steel frame and provided with an anti-slip coating. Van Elk’s work is about image and imagination. With his artistic interventions he tries to stay as close as possible to reality, in order to make us aware of how we look at things. He calls his Replacement Piece a form of ‘super-realism’.
Melancholia by ArmandoAs a painter, draftsman, sculptor, poet and author, Armando (1929) is now one of the most prominent Dutch post-war artists. His entire body of work is permeated with a historical sense of guilt. This has produced a wealth of themes and methods of execution, which the artist continues to work on today, partly in Amstelveen and partly in Potsdam. His work is very well represented in the collection, thanks to gifts and loans from his ex-wife and the artist himself and through the museum’s own acquisitions.
In 2011, with the support of the BankGiro Lottery, the Kröller-Müller Museum has purchased a monumental bronze sculpture by Armando for its sculpture garden, namely Melancholia from 2006, which measures 207 x 155 x 70 cm. It is the second copy in an edition of three, and the second sculpture by Armando in the sculpture garden: the museum previously purchased Die schwarze Schale from 1989, which was given a permanent place in the Aldo van Eyck sculpture pavilion. As with Die schwarze Schale, Melancholia also stands on a tall pedestal in a neutral colour. Armando: ‘I don’t like short pedestals. I want a piece to stand as high as possible on its pedestal. People should look up to it.’
Photo: Marjon Gemmeke