Dr. Jung’s Dreamhouse

Otterlo (NL)


Pjotr Müller

One man’s dream, an other man’s ‘house. On the terrain of the Kröller-Müller museum is from today on, a house designed by Pjotr Müller (1947). The building is made from pieces of wood from the bin. Working with waste wood isn’t a new item for the Amsterdam based artist: in 1987 he already made a temporary temple (To Noumenon) of it.

The idea for the house arose from reading a book of Dr. Carl Gustav Jung. The psychoanalyst puts out the story that when he was asleep, he was dreaming of a house which could only be entered on the top floor. He in fact ran from the back to the front, from the attic to the cellar. In every room he found a mythological sculpture. Müller deviates from this dream by placing his own dream-based figurines instead.

Huis van Dr. Jung (2004 – 2006), consists of three, almost randomly, stacked rectangular boxes. Müller hasn’t intended to let it last forever. De Telegraaf: “My house of Dr. Jung symbolizes the opposite: it shows the transitory of life because the wood will not last forever”. In the sculpture garden of the museum are bronze sculptures which could last forever but “the plaster cast sculptures express the fragility of human existence”.

Pjotr Müller (1947)

Huis van Dr. Jung (2004 – 2006), build 2007

Salvaged wood

Museum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, The Netherlands


De Telegraaf, 15 mei 2007, page T13

Kröller museum: www.kmm.nl

Picture made by the author: http://www.flickr.com/photos/15262666@N05/2225782378/

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