About the Museum
Singer Laren is a unique, cultural heritage in private ownership. It consists of a museum, theater, villa and sculpture garden.
William and Anna Singer
Museum Singer Laren has a surprising and diverse collection of international visual art from the period 1880 to 1950. This ‘classic modern’ collection has given the museum the freedom to set up a wide exhibition policy. This collection was set up by the American couple Anna and William Singer, who received many friends in their villa in Laren. There were often artists among these friends. Anna and William themselves were also creatively talented. Anna played the piano and William painted. Together, they have collected an impressive art collection. Anna had the museum built after the death of her husband William.
Collection of Museum Singer Laren
The heart of the ‘Singer collection’ is the collection of the Singer couple. Over the course of the last century, they acquired works by French painters from the Barbizon School, friendly American artists and traditionally impressionist Gooise artists.
The collection of Museum Singer Laren focuses on works of art from modernism, such as neo-impressionism or pointillism, expressionism, cubism and geometric abstraction. Important artists who belong to these movements have worked in Laren and surroundings. The collection now includes works by, among others, Bart van der Leck, Jan Sluijters, Leo Gestel, Chris Beekman, Jan Toorop and Herman Kruyder.
The museum also has a sculpture garden that is decorated with sculptures by modern Dutch artists. These works of art investigate the relationship between culture and nature. Every work of art deals with nature in its own way. The theater and the museum always have new performances or exhibitions as well.