Richard Serra’s “Open Ended”, a signature work in the Voorlinden

The Museum Voorlinden opened in 2016, as a private museum supported by donations and ticket sales only. It helps, though, that estate was initially bought by a rich Dutch industrialist who also happened to have a fabulous collection of modern and contemporary art. And on top of it all, to display it he forked out for a strikingly beautiful, purpose-built museum building.

The Netherlands is well endowed with art museums, including lots of modern art ones. But Voorlinden stands apart it that it, more than any other museum I know, tries to make you experience the art – not just look at it. Walk through the labyrinth of Richard Serra, or descend below the surface of Leandro Erlich’s swimming pool. Everything is geared towards provoking you to explore the unexpected and discover a type of art you may not initially be comfortable with – but which you are going to appreciate!

Below some of the works from the permanent collection, just a small sample.

Of course, no other museum is so well suited to present a special exhibition of British artist Antony Gormley (May to September 2022).

the strikingly modern Museum Voorlinden
with lots of windows providing natural light – during the day, that is!
another view of Serra’s “Open Ended”, essentially a one way labyrinth
inside the Serra labyrinth
nother part, also inside the labyrinth
another signature work, “Couple under an Umbrella” (2013), by Ron Meuck
more than life-size, extraordinary realistic
brilliant work by Anouk Kruithof, called “Enclosed Content Chatting away in the Colour Invisibility” (2009)
Celeste Boursier-Mougenot’s “Karambolage” (2013)
and the “Swimming Pool” (2016) from Leandro Erlich
more “Swimming Pool”
but then under the surface
where you can also perfectly well survive
Christian Anderson, “Column Shred” (2015)
and the shred in detail
and a play of lights – I cannot remember the artist and the title of the work
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2 Responses to Museum Voorlinden

  1. Gijs says:

    Don’t forget to mention the building was designed by Dirk Jan Postel.

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