A tour of Museum van Buuren essentially means paying a visit to people with good taste, a passion for collecting art and ample means to satisfy it. David and Alice van Buuren transformed their property into a sort of exhibition of great art and sophisticated taste during their lifetime. It was bequeathed to the Friends of the Museum of David and Alice van Buuren society which opened the house for public viewing in 1973.
The building was constructed in 1928, designed in the typical Dutch style; its Art Deco interior was created by designers from Belgium, France and Holland, resulting in a very homogenous and harmonious décor. The interior objects have retained their original placement, thus providing an insight into the authentic surroundings of the actual owners of the place. All of the works of art and artisanship are of the highest quality: rare pieces of furniture, sophisticated woodcarvings, tapestries, sculptures and paintings. The valuable Van Buuren collection comprises works dating from the Middle Ages to Modernism, including a rare painting by the 15th-century master Joachim Patenir, a brilliant version of Pieter Bruegel's Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, marvellous paintings by the 19th-century artists Henri Fantin-Latour and James Ensor, as well as pieces by the Dutch Fauvist Kees van Dongen and the great Vincent van Gogh. The 1.2-hectare park, creating an illusion of merging with the house, is a treasure in itself. Created by a number of garden architects at different times, it can be divided into three imaginary sections: the Picturesque Garden (1924), an Art Deco masterpiece which invokes thoughts of the 'Roaring Twenties'; the Labyrinth (1968) featuring 300 elm trees and seven 'greenery rooms' illustrating Solomon's Song of Songs, and the markedly romantic Garden of the Heart (1969-1970).
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