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).