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Opening of the bomb shelter of Helene Kröller-Müller

The construction of a bomb shelter in a sand dune in the Veluwe begins in 1939. As of 22 July 1940, the entire collection is relocated there. The works of art are packed in order of value and moved in small groups. Within a week, all the works are secured, and the museum can close its doors. On 15 April 1945, the museum is liberated by Canadian troops, who also help reinstall the art in the museum. The Kröller-Müller officially reopens on 6 October 1945.

Work of sound art by Susan Philipsz

On route to the shelter, the visitor is guided through the work of sound art The Wind Rose by Susan Philipsz (1965, Glasgow). Eight tones, produced by blowing into sea shells from various parts of the world, can be heard from the trees. They represent the eight wind directions. From a gentle breeze to a raging storm: it is as if the forest itself sighs, groans, puffs and blows, as a metaphor for life and our mortality.

Opening hours and admission prices

The bomb shelter is open from 19 September to 27 October 2019 from Thursday to Sunday, between 11 am and 3 pm.

Opening of the bomb shelter of Helene Kröller-Müller