200 unexpected antiquities from the collections of Frits Lugt and Helene Kröller-Müller
At the start of the twentieth century, two Dutch people were busy amassing an impressive private collection of art: art connoisseur and dealer Frits Lugt and Helene Kröller-Müller, wife of businessman Anton Kröller. Both collected drawings, paintings, engravings, sculpture, etc. by national and international painters and artists in particular. There were big names among them, such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh. Their interest in art went beyond the old masters and the great painters of their day. They also collected objects from antiquity, such as Egyptian sculptures and Greek vases.
Sharp eye for art history and sense of aesthetics
The exhibition shows the best objects from these unknown 'antiquity-loving' partial collections of Kröller-Müller and Lugt. Helene Kröller-Müller bought Greek vases and Egyptian sculptures and amulets. These archaeological objects have not been on display to the public for years now. Frits Lugt's collection includes amazing Greek vases, Roman glass and Egyptian objects from the New Empire (circa 1550 - 1070 B.C.). Neither of them had any archaeological training. But a sharp eye for art history and their exceptional sense of aesthetics ensured that they accumulated a high-calibre archaeological collection.
From lovely Greek vases to ornate Roman glass
In 'At first sight' you can see a selection of two hundred objects, including lovely Greek vases, ornate Roman glass and Egyptian sculptures and amulets. Portraits, photos and letters give an impression of the individual behind the collector and their passion for collecting art. In addition, ‘At first sight' provides a nostalgic picture of the period when the collections of Lugt and Kröller-Müller came about.
The exhibition was created in consultation with the Kröller-Müller Museum (Otterlo) and the Fondation Custodia (Paris). They have the collections of Helene Kröller-Müller and Frits Lugt in their management.