Ah, a Dutch master! This is a concept in the art world. This refers to the old ham with individual or group portraits of people in traditional costumes, hidden objects medieval street scenes or the proud cogs of the Dutch East India Company. Painted by Dutch and Flemish masters like Rembrandt, Vermeer, Bruegel or Hieronymus Bosch. But Dutch art has much more to offer. Original artists, such as Vincent van Gogh, later Piet Mondrian, who found landscapes over geometric forms and reduced colors, also MC Escher, the designer of geometrically impossible worlds. Accordingly, the range of Dutch art museums is very diverse.
On the one hand, there is a great treasure trove of classical artists and a broad spectrum of modern art, as well as the living museums of the Netherlands. I have already visited some museums, both for a blog portrait on this blog and in previous years. In the process, I have discovered some very noteworthy museums, which I recommend in this list. Of course, the sequence is subjective and not always a measure of the amount or international reputation of the art exhibited. Also, I have many museums still on my to-de-visit list and therefore do not know them personally.
So the following procedure for these top 10 of the Dutch art museums has emerged: In an alternation, a museum visited by me (odd places) and a museum unknown to me (even places), which I would like to visit. Then, of course, there is an update with fresh impressions of the art visited.
10th place – Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven
The Van Abbe Museum shows Dutch and international artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The collection includes 1000 sculptures, 700 pictures and 1000 drawings ( Source: Wikipedia ). In particular, I find the building very appealing, which takes up forms of cubism or deconstructivism.
Place 9 – Mondrianmuseum Amersfoort
The Mondrian has in Amersfoort is also the birthplace of Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan, later Mondrian. The museum depicts the artistic career of Mondrian from the landscape painter to the master of the geometric form in a reduced color. Here I made my own little Mondrian with Lego bricks.
Place 8 – Groninger Museum
The Groninger Museum displays works of art from five centuries as well as an extensive collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain. Part of the museum deals with the history of Groningen.
Place 7 – Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Of course, the Reich Museum is actually the classic when it comes to the big hams. Night watch, Rembrandt and the like. In terms of its importance, it should be higher on the list. It is unquestionably impressive, but it can also kill you of its abundance. It was too classic for me after all. I was there about twenty years ago, but I will definitely visit it again when I am in Amsterdam for three days.
6th place – Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam
Stately: Museum and sculpture, Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam.
The Boijmans van Beuningen Museum displays Dutch classics, including Pieter Bruegel’s ‘Tower of Babel’, as well as current exhibitions on art, art discourse, and design.
5th place – Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam
As in the Rijksmuseum, I was in the Van Gogh Museum about twenty years ago. This I found personally much fresher, more appealing. The largest collection of paintings by the Impressionist shows the artistic path and the change to the well-known brushstrokes of van Gogh.
4th place – Beelden aan Zee Scheveningen
I have not visited the museum myself yet. But those who stroll on the beach promenade of Scheveningen, sometimes stumble over these large sculptures, which seem funny at first glance, irritating at second glance. That on purpose: they show how people deal with the resources of nature.
The museum displays an extensive sculpture collection from the period after 1945.
3rd place – Kröller-Müller Museum Otterloo
Near Arnhem lies the Kröller-Müller Museum amid the Hoge Veluwe National Park. It shows the collection of art collector Helene Kröller-Müller, including the second largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh. In the garden, you can admire an extensive collection of sculptures. Exhibitions of contemporary art complement the museum’s own exhibitions. The location in the national park (but not exclusively) makes the visit to the museum a special experience.
2nd place – Escher in Het Paleis The Hague
Escher his palace. Impossible worlds on the balcony.
Not only because I studied science and am also fascinated by mathematics, but I also love the impossible graphic constructions of the MC Escher. A chessboard becomes a city, these become fields, and meadows, from which birds arise and ascend into the sky. Or the staircase, which seems to go up in the circle infinitely.
I do not know why, but I have not visited this museum yet. That’s why: to-do-list at the top.
Place 1 – Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Maybe it’s a coincidence that among the top 4 museums on this list are three in The Hague. Certainly, because I was there recently. These museums have particularly fascinated me or irritated me for a future visit.
In the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, I visited the special exhibition Mondrian, 100 years ‘De Stijl’. But the other departments, the classic, the modern, the Delft blue and the museum education area in the basement have also inspired me.
Beyond the TOP 10
I have already visited other art museums that were not included in the top 10 list. Nevertheless, I would like to recommend her:
Villa Mondriaan in Winterswijk – Home of the Mondriaan family.
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam – Town History and Art Collection
Rembrandthuis Amsterdam – Residential house and Atelier Rembrandt