Collecting Van Gogh: Helene Kröller-Müller’s Passion for Vincent’s Art
September 18 (Sat) – December 12 (Sun), 2021
All visitors need to make a reservation in advance. Please see our special website for details.
Enamored by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939) came to own the world’s largest private collection of the artist’s work. For some twenty years, from 1908 when Van Gogh’s reputation was taking off, she amassed no fewer than 90 paintings and more than 180 works on paper along with her husband, mining and shipping tycoon Anton Kröller. Discovering a profound spirituality in the art of Van Gogh, Helene devoted herself to founding art museums so as to share her passion with as many people as possible.
Through Helene’s extraordinary collection, this exhibition will trace the development of modern painting with a focus on Van Gogh. Featured will be 28 paintings and 20 drawings by Van Gogh, along with 20 paintings by Jean-François Millet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Georges Seurat, Odilon Redon, and Piet Mondrian, all from the Kröller-Müller Museum.
The exhibition will also survey the dramatic growth of Van Gogh’s popularity and reputation since the early 20th century through four paintings from the Van Gogh Museum, including The Yellow House (The Street).
1. Helene’s Van Gogh Collection Featured are a total 48 Van Gogh paintings, sketches, and lithographs, including his cypress tree masterpiece Country Road in Provence by Night and The Sower.
2. Tracing Van Gogh’s development Foreseeing her establishment of an art museum, Helene Kröller-Müller chose high quality works and systematically collected paintings spanning Van Gogh’s early to late periods. Viewers will enjoy tracing Van Gogh’s development from his earliest sketches to the masterworks of his final year.
3. The Yellow House (The Street) Specially featured in addition to Helene’s collected works are four works from the Van Gogh family collection, passed on from Vincent to brother Theo, and thereafter to Theo’s widow Jo van Gogh-Bonger and their son Vincent Willem van Gogh. They include The Yellow House (The Street).
Vincent van Gogh, Interior of a Restaurant, Summer 1887, Oil on canvas, Kröller-Müller Museum
Mondays, September 21 (Open the Mondays of September 20, 27, November 8, 22, 29)
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
General ¥2,000 ／ College students ¥1,300 ／ Seniors 65+ ¥1,200
※All visitors are requested to use our timed-entry online reservation system to purchase tickets. Please see our special website for details
※People of high-school age and younger will be admitted free
※Admission free for visitors (and one accompanying person) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate or Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate. (Timed-entry reservation not required)
※In each case, please show identification
※People who have difficulty purchasing online can purchase same-day tickets at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum ticket counter. If, on their arrival, the pre-set number of tickets for the immediate time slot is sold out, they will be admitted in the earliest available time slot.
Resale of admission tickets for this exhibition is strictly prohibited. The museum accepts no responsibility for any inconvenience or loss caused by the illegal resale of tickets.
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