Sculpture garden at the Kröller Müller museum. Installing land-art elements, tracing the path of an underground water course. April 2009.


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Wow! On April 22, 2009, by chance, I witnessed the installation of a new work of conceptual landscape art - at the sculpture garden at The Kröller Müller, Otterlo, The Netherlands: Five circles werd carefully being placed in the garden that day - indicating the path of several underground water currents. Earlier, the water stream had been located by a divining medium specialist using a divining rod.

Artist: Ana Maria Tavares. Title: Secrets of the waters (for Mnemosyne). Number: 5 parts, each 200 x 200 x 6 cm thickness, granite and stainless steel disc and letters.

This the water stream had been located by a divining medium. Interesting question arises... is dowsing a real craft or is a hoax? This movie about an Australian double blind test movie DISPROVES the existence of successfully dowsing with a divining rod, by putting the country's best dowsers to the test:

Another interesting way of looking at vibrations and human sensitivity to earth things and living things is described in the short chapter 'The Mechanics of Consciousness' by Itzhak Bentov, in Holistic revolution, an essential reader, Penguin books, 2000, pp 41-45


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South African park: Nirox

Storm King park in the USA is also fine.


Customer response, October 2017: My wife and I engaged Kees for an all-day visit to the Kroller - Muller museum (it was an amazing day). We were so happy with him that we asked him to show us the Vermeers and other outstanding Dutch artwork at the Rijk Museum. Kees has an extraordinary depth of knowledge, his English was perfect, he conveyed his expertise in an entertaining fashion, was a pleasant companion, and did a great job optimizing our experience based upon our interests and time we had available. We have had many guides around the world (including a number of art experts), but none were better than Kees.


The photographer with a beard is Steven J. van Beek, who is in charge of technical installations at the museum and garden.


Levelling the plaque and fitting it completely, up to perfect water level right at the level of the slanted grass field. Europeans call this: Wasserwaage, Level, Nivel de Agua, Niveau.


A tight fit! Shovels were needed for fitting the last half an inch

All systems are go!

A very heavy stainless steel mirror has been fitted on the perfect level. Reflection of the author.



Sky is blue.

Full of sparkle.


Interested to learn more? I offer personalized tours. I am scholar-lecturer, art historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach

As an art historian based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, I can meet you for a personalized guided tour by car to first class museums in and out of Amsterdam.



The museum is hard to reach with public transport. Various options are open to you: a) You can hire a car and drive it yourself, and I will join you starting in Amsterdam and will advise you about the best route. b) We can hire a professional taxibus service at around E 70 per hour for about 6 to 7 hours = about E 490-. On top of that you will pay me as the specialist guide. This is the more expensive option. A taxi from Amsterdam will be about E 250 - E 300 one way, even with Uber.


As 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 lectures and guided tours. Meetings on all knowledge levels are possible, from lay persons who hardly ever have visited museums to professionals in the museum and art world.

When driving 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.

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My husband and I travel the world to stay alive -- to see with new eyes and stretch our minds. We love museums and fine food, sometimes stopping at out of the way Michelin-starred restaurants. With Drs. Kees Kaldenbach we had the best of both worlds. During the day we took a car trip to the Kröller-Möller sculpture garden and fine art museum, where we would certainly have missed the hidden staircase leading into the astonishing Jean Dubuffet's Jardin d'Email without him. Inside the museum, he gave us a humanities course on Impressionist painting, our favorite kind of art.  Later that day we drove to a picture-perfect village between Utrecht and Amsterdam, boasting a fine restaurant with one Michelin star, and there the three of us enjoyed an exquisite meal to end a perfect day. 
To fully enjoy Holland, you need a guide like Drs. Kaldenbach.   

Julia Chang Bloch 
US-China Education Trust
Washington, DC , USA

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Starting at your hotel I can take you on a wonderful car tour of your choice. My guided itinerary offers you accessable informative conversation in English, Dutch, or German (my French and Italian are more limited).



To this scary ramp railings have been added in 2012, both vertical and crosswise in order to make it safe. Yet one may still not climb it !



Photos above: 2009.

Below: 2007





You may also arrange this VIP treatment for business contacts or friends. Our cultural tour organisation office will take care of a unique and memorable experience.

Drs. Kees Kaldenbach is your private "scholar-lecturer on culture tours" *.

*Martha Gellhorn, Travels with Myself and another, p. 182.


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The Rijksmuseum has done me the honor of linking the main Rijksmuseum site to my website.

I conduct Rembrandt walks in Amsterdam for the Netherlands Bureau of Tourism, London and New York City offices. Their clients include important journalists.

The travel site has devoted a main feature to my tours and walks.

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Drs. Kees Kaldenbach has been featured in television and radio documentaries, including BBC2 TV, NTV Japan, Danish TV and Radio Netherlands World Service. In July 2004 he was interviewed about Delft artists by Tetsuya Tsuruhara for the leading Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun. In 2004 and 2005 he acted in an advisory role to additional BBC teams. Kaldenbach has written extensively on Vermeer and 17th century Delft, on Vincent van Gogh and on other art history topics.

Drs. Kaldenbach is chairman of the Circle of Academic Tour Guides of the Netherlands and Flanders (CATON)

Drs. Kees Kaldenbach is your private "scholar-lecturer on culture tours".

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Drs. Kees Kaldenbach ,

Haarlemmermeerstraat 83 hs

1058 JS Amsterdam

The Netherlands

telephone 020 - 669 8119 (from abroad NL +20 - 669 8119)

cell phone 06 - 2868 9775 (from abroad NL +6 - 2868 9775)



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