Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (must see)

Van Abbemuseum is a museum of modern and contemporary art named after its founder, cigar manufacturer, and private art collector, Henri van Abbe. The museum opened in 1936.

Van Abbe planned the museum to introduce the public to contemporary art. He loaned his extensive collection for display. He also donated today's equivalent of $1.5 million to build the museum and buy more works of art.

The building, designed by architect Alexander Jacobus Kropholler, is constructed in the Traditionalist architectural style. A wing added in 2003 significantly increased the size of the museum. The new wing was designed by Abel Cahen on the exterior and by Maarten van Severen on the interior.

Van Abbemuseum has more than 2,700 works of art. Pieces include sculptures, drawings, paintings, installations, and videos. It has one of the world's largest art collections by El Lissitzky, a Russian artist, designer, photographer, and architect. Other artists featured at the museum include Pablo Piccaso, Marc Chagall, Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg, and Wassily Kandinsky. Auguste Rodin’s statue of Honoré de Balzac, bought by the city of Eindhoven in 1965, has stood in the garden of the Van Abbemuseum.

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Van Abbemuseum on Map

Sight Name: Van Abbemuseum
Sight Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands (See walking tours in Eindhoven)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Eindhoven, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Eindhoven

Create Your Own Walk in Eindhoven

Creating your own self-guided walk in Eindhoven is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Eindhoven Introduction Walking Tour

Eindhoven Introduction Walking Tour

Eindhoven is the largest city in the province of North Brabant in the Netherlands. It was founded in the 13th century but didn't see large growth until DAF Trucks and Philips Electronics were established in the city during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Eindhoven was officially given status as a municipality in 1232. It was already a small town with less than 200 houses inside the city...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Van Gogh's Nuenen Walking Tour

Van Gogh's Nuenen Walking Tour

The small town of Nuenen, located practically a stone's throw from Eindhoven, is a very old Dutch locality that shot into significance as the inspiration behind many of the works by Vincent van Gogh. The painter lived and worked here for 18 months, from December 1883 to May 1885. During this period he created many paintings capturing the images of local people (peasants, weavers, etc.) such...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles