Encounter modern art and design at the picturesque Museum Arnhem and its beautiful sculpture garden.
Museum Arnhem is a picturesque art museum housing a renowned collection of modern and contemporary art and design. In 2017 the museum celebrates 100 years of the De Stijl art movement with a special exhibition titled ‘Stijlloos’.
- Admire Museum Arnhem’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary artworks.
- Enjoy walks through the museum grounds, by the River Rhine.
- See a special exhibition exploring the relationship between abstract and realist art as part of the Mondrian to Dutch Design year.
Picturesque art museum in Arnhem
Just a few minutes’ walk from Arnhem’s central train station and enjoying a panoramic view of the meandering River Rhine from its sloping grounds, Museum Arnhem is housed in an attractive, 19th century building surrounded by lush green gardens. As well as hosting frequent temporary exhibitions, it boasts an impressive permanent collection of 20th century art, contemporary jewellery and international design, with a special focus on modern realism, non-Western art and the work of female artists.
Indoors meets outdoors
Jan Mankes, Jan Sluyters, Wim Schumacher, Klaas Gubbels, Pyke Koch and Fiona Tan are amongst the artists whose work is represented in the museum’s elegant gallery spaces. Outdoors, visitors can explore contemporary sculpture in the beautiful gardens, or simply take in these works from the comfort of the light-filled café located in a newly built wing of the museum. In late 2017, work begins on an ambitious renovation and expansion project by Holland’s most famous architects Benthem Crouwel, which will enhance the original features of the 1873 design, while improving the museum experience and its relationship with the surrounding landscape.
Mondrian to Dutch Design
Museum Arnhem participates in the nationwide Mondrian to Dutch Design celebrations with ‘Stijlloos’ – a play on words that literally translates as ‘without style’ or ‘tasteless’. This special exhibition explores the relationship between realist and abstract art, looking at how realist artists can seek to tackle the same socio-cultural issues as the artists associated with De Stijl. Throughout, it poses the question: are their principles really so disparate? The exhibition runs until 7 May 2017.
As the capital of Gelderland, the largest province in Holland, Arnhem is a culturally and historically significant city with a lot to offer. The Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein’ tells the story of the Battle of Arnhem and its significance to the outcome of WWII, while the conservation-focused Burgers’ Zoo is a popular draw for animal lovers. Bordering Arnhem is the spectacular natural landscape of the Hoge Veluwe National Park, home to the Kröller-Müller museum with its world-famous collection of 19th and 20th century art, including the largest privately owned collection of Vincent van Gogh works in the world.
Opening times of Museum Arnhem are from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11:00-17:00. The museum is open on Easter Monday, Whit Monday and Boxing Day, but closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and King’s Day (27 April).
There are traces of De Stijl to be found all over the vibrant cities, parks and stunning natural landscapes of Gelderland; from Piet Mondrian’s former family home to the treasure trove of De Stijl artworks in the Kröller-Müller Museum. Find out more about encountering De Stijl in Gelderland.