Otterlo, le 20 septembre 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Kröller-Müller museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands, is presenting the exhibition “Carvings and bones”, a collection of sculptures, carvings and drawings by artist Adam Colton. The show is to take place from 5 October 2013 to 9 March 2014.
Featured in the exhibition are six sculptures from the 1990s, as well as several drawings by the artist. Colton, born in Manchester in 1957, began creating his sculptures in the 1990s, using his own body as the point of departure. In the finished pieces, this starting point is no longer visible; only the verticality of the sculptures and drawings make any sort of reference to the human body. Later on, he sculpted chairs and finally more organic forms such as skulls, bones and bone structures. The artist plays with the transformative process by enlarging and reducing the forms.
Colton worked in Haarlem as well as Amsterdam, where he was presented by the gallery Art & Project. Adriaan van Ravesteijn, former owner of the gallery, made a donation of 200 artworks to the Kröller-Müller museum in August of 2013.
Otterlo, 27 November 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
In Otterlo, Netherlands, the Kröller-Müller Museum had recently removed many of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings on display; however, with the current exhibition, “Vincent is back”, many of the paintings have regained their place at the heart of the museum. The exhibition consists of two parts, the first one running from 24 November until 1 April 2013, and the second one from 7 April to 22 September 2013.
The first exhibition is titled “Native Soil” and consists of many drawings and paintings the artist achieved during his early days as an artist. On the other hand, the second exhibition , under the name of “Land of light” features works that show the personal style that the artists had already developed.
The works of Van Gogh have always occupied an important place in the collection of Anton and Helene Kröller-Müller, the founders of the museum which was named after them. It is thanks to them that the museum holds the second largest collection of works by Van Gogh in the world.
Otterlo, 20 March 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
After much research and analysis, the authenticity of a work bought by the Kröller-Müller Museum in 1974 has been confirmed.
The size of the painting ─ unusual for the painter ─, the strangely located signature and the different layers of painting, amongst other things, had sowed the seeds of doubt regarding the authenticity of the work Still life with meadow flowers and roses. In 2003, the work had been put aside and placed with the “unknown artists”. However, nine years later, a team of searchers from the TU Delft, from the University of Antwerp, from the DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchroton) from Hamburg, from the Van Gogh museum and from the Kröller-Müller Museum have confirmed the painting’s authenticity.
From 20 March 2012, the painting will take a prominent place among the other works by Vincent Van Gogh in the Kröller-Müller Museum’s collections.
Vincent Van Gogh, born in 1853, arrived in Antwerp in November 1885. He studied at the Art Academy of Antwerp where his teacher encouraged him to paint a large canvas. When he moved to Paris in February 1886, Van Gogh took the painting with him. He painted directly upon his first attempt, without removing the first layer of paint.
The discovery was made possible thanks to the use of X-rays, and particularly thanks to the new methods such as the MA-XRF (Macro Scanning X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry).