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FROM / TO14/10/2017 - 02/04/2018
6731 AW Otterlo
The patron and the ‘housepainter’
Helene Kröller-Müller and Bart van der Leck
14.10-2017 – 02.04.2018
Bart van der Leck was one of Helene Kröller-Müller’s favourite artists. A long-term agreement gave her first right of refusal of his work, resulting in an impressive collection of Van der Lecks. The exhibition The patron and the ‘housepainter’. Helene Kröller-Müller and Bart van der Leck presents a selection from the 42 paintings and some 400 drawings in the museum’s collection.
Helene as patron
Between 1912 and 1918 Helene Kröller-Müller provided Van der Leck an annual allowance and thus became his patron. Van der Leck was even employed by the firm Wm H. Müller & Co in 1914 under, at that time, the directorate of Anton Kröller. In addition to a large stained glass window for the company’s headquarters in The Hague, he made posters for the Batavier Line, mosaics for the office in London and colour designs for the interiors of the residences, including the St Hubertus Hunting Lodge.
‘More versatile, more powerful than Mondriaan’
The exhibition shows the development of Bart van der Leck’s work from the perspective of Helene Kröller-Müller. Based on the many letters she wrote him, we follow her train of thought and see how Bart van der Leck’s new work relates to the rest of her collection. In her Beschouwingen (Observations) in 1925, Helene calls him a ‘more versatile, more powerful artist than Mondriaan’.
Treasure trove of De Stijl
In 2017 it will be a hundred years since the founding of De Stijl. The Kröller-Müller is one of the treasure troves of De Stijl with masterpieces by Piet Mondriaan, Theo van Doesburg, Bart van der Leck and Gerrit Rietveld among others.