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Jubilee activity: lecture by Eva Rovers on Helene Kröller-Müller (in Dutch)

In the jubilee year of the Kröller-Müller Museum, which lasts until July 2014, the museum is organizing entertaining activities for young and old every month. On Sunday 16 March, Eva Rovers, author of the biography ‘De eeuwigheid verzameld. Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939)’, will give a lecture in the auditorium. The lecture will start at 12.30 hrs and will be in Dutch language. After the lecture, around 13.15 hrs, Eva Rovers will sign at our bookshop.

Around 1900, Helene Kröller-Müller was one of the richest women in the Netherlands. Together with her husband Anton Kröller she avidly acquired paintings by Van Gogh, Picasso and Mondriaan, but she also didn’t hesitate to work as a nurse in a field hospital during the First World War. Her goal in life was to build a museum for her unique collection and to donate this to the Dutch people. From the laying of the first foundations, fate struck repeatedly. It is thanks to her determination that in 1938 – a year before her death – the Kröller-Müller Museum could finally open its doors. But the price she paid for this was high.

Eva Rovers’ biography of Helene Kröller-Müller has received multiple awards including the prestigious Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema Biografieprijs and the Jan van Gelderprijs, and was lauded by the NRC Handelsblad as one of the best books of 2010. Eva Rovers is currently working on the biography of writer and television producer Boudewijn Büch.

To attend the lecture, all you need is a valid entrance ticket. Reservation is not possible, we advise you to arrive promptly due to the limited capacity of our auditorium.

Photo: Koen van Someren Gréve