As the couple were incredibly wealthy they bought a vast hunting area and built themselves a luxurious villa-cum-hunting lodge and made detailed plans for a major museum on their property in order to house the modern art collection amassed by Helene. With almost unlimited funds, an impeccable taste and Mr Bremmer as the main art advisor next to her, she had started to buy works by Juan Gris, Piet Mondian and many other names of artists now internationally famous. Those works of art were still affordable in those days.
Then the economic crash of 1933 came and their business capital evaporated. With foresight, the Dutch state took over the land and the art collections and supported the construction of the small museum to house the grand collection, and opened up the museum and wildlife park to the public as a celebration of the interplay between Nature & Art. Subsequent directors added new wings and designed a vast sculpture park which is almost unequaled in the world. A visit to the park is a treat. One needs a car to get there, out in the middle of nowhere.
As an art historian based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, I can pick you up in and outside of Amsterdam for a personalized guided tour by car. My private car is a small Toyota Starlet. I am an art historian involved in programmes with CNN, BBC2, BBC3 and the national TV networks of The Netherlands, Denmark and Japan. I have written a book on Van Gogh and I am very successful in providing hundreds of lectures and guided tours. Meetings and teaching on all knowledge levels are possible, for lay persons who hardly ever have visited museums to seasoned professionals in the museum and art world.
When riding through the landscape of the provinces of Holland, Utrecht and Gelderland I can inform you about the countryside, discussing the country's history, the Ice age remnants, agricultural projects, religion, polders, and farm culture. In doing so, we may touch many bases - spanning not only landscaping and architecture but also the nation's history and current social issues. Travellers from the USA usually bring up the assassination of Theo Van Gogh the film maker and its consequences.
Generally for small groups of 1-4 persons starting in Amsterdam. Contact me for information on higher amounts with other venues and more people.
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