The Love of Art Comes First. Art & Project at the Kröller-Müller Museum
Art & Project (Amsterdam 1968-1989, Slootdorp 1990-1998) was one of the pioneering galleries of contemporary art in the Netherlands and far beyond. Its founders Geert van Beijeren (1933-2005) and Adriaan van Ravesteijn (1938-2015) presented a programme featuring national and international artists, which was initially closely associated with the rise of conceptual art, but later broadened its focus with an emphasis on sculpture and painting.
As an extension of their gallery activities, Geert van Beijeren and Adriaan van Ravesteijn assembled an impressive private collection, which reflects the program of Art & Project. Over three hundred works, the largest part of this collection, were donated to the Kröller-Müller Museum in 2013.
The majority of the more than one hundred works in the exhibition, by artists including Jan Dibbets, Ger van Elk, Gilbert & George, Willy Ørskov, Barry Flanagan, Richard Long, and Nicholas Pope, were part of this donation. Other works were previously purchased from Art & Project by the Kröller-Müller or by third parties and subsequently donated to the museum.