This is a must-be-seen museum in a somewhat off the beaten path location, but like the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, it is more than worth the detour. Founded by Helene Muller in 1935, designed by Henry van de Velde, it has the world's second largest collection of van Gogh paintings - including The Potato Eaters. She was a major collector of the period and wanted to show the arc of painting from the 1850's through the early twentieth century - and she managed to do it on a great scale.
Go between now and September 8, 2014, to see an amazing exhibition of Georges Seurat's work - 23 of his 50 paintings, and many of his stunning drawings. Can he really have been only 31 when he died in 1891?! If Seurat will never be in my top list of painters whose work I always go back to - I certainly have a new-found admiration for what he accomplished in such a short time. In the brief period from 1882 to 1891, he turned the art world upside down, creating pieces that will be admired for centuries to come. Do include this exhibition on your list of must-sees this summer.
The park immediately around the museum is dotted with marvelous sculptures, from Rodin to Oldenburg. And the great park surrounding the whole place has many opportunities for diversion, from hikes to bicycle rides and more.
Don't pass this up - it is an easy trip from Amsterdam and you will not be disappointed.
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