AkzoNobel Art Foundation

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. Calling on centuries of expertise, AkzoNobel supplies industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and sustainable technologies designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, AkzoNobel has approximately 46,000 people in around 80 countries. Consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability, AkzoNobel is committed to making life more liveable and cities more human.

 

Collection

The AkzoNobel Art Foundation collects international contemporary art by both young talent as well as more established artists. The Art Foundation collects thematically, in various art movements and disciplines. The works of art in the AkzoNobel collection are chosen because of their intrinsic artistic qualities; the ability to cause a rupture in our train of thought.
A company is part of society but it is also a micro-society in its own kind where everyone works on the fulfilment of the company's goals and ambitions. Within this micro-society, art functions as a catalyst for inspiration. Art brings the outside world inside the micro-cosmos that is the company; it functions as an indicator for various social tendencies and is, as such, the mirror of the world that forces us to look at ourselves and our society from a different point of view. 

Policy
At the heart of the AkzoNobel art collection is the focus on the stimulation of talented artists and, accordingly, the expression of social concern and responsibility. This responsibility is reflected in the Art Foundation's ambition to actively contribute to the cultural debate.
As a leading corporation in technical development, AkzoNobel wishes for its art collection to reveal a similarly high and experimental value: art and company both function as vessels for communication. With the AkzoNobel collection, the Art Foundation aims to create an inspiring work environment as well as to emphasize the benefits of art and culture in contemporary society.

History
The Art Foundation was established in 1996. Core tasks involved building and managing a renowned collection of contemporary international art. Ever since, the collection is an integrated part of both the AkzoNobel work environment as well as the corporate identity.

From the collection
Hans Op de Beeck

Still Life (9), 2010
synthetic gypsum, steel and wood
105 x 130 x 85 cm

 

Collections April 20, 2018
Common Ground
AkzoNobel Art Space
Collections January 27, 2016
Art Space
AkzoNobel Art Foundation
In summary

Collection title
AkzoNobel Art Foundation

Contact
Hester Alberdingk Thijm (Directeur), Augusto Pereira Silva (Manager & Curator), Manon Pasmans (Project Manager & Curator), Louise van den Heuvel (Coordinator).

Head office
Amsterdam

Art collection locations
The AkzoNobel art collection is on show at two locations in the Netherlands: the AkzoNobel Center in Amsterdam and the AkzoNobel Shared Service Center in Arnhem. Satellite collections are spread around offices worldwide.

Number of art works
The collection consists of approximately 1800 works of art.

Launch year
1996

Disciplines
Various disciplines

Focus of collection
International contemporary art

Guided tours
The Art Space is open to the public on workdays. Guided tours of the exhibition are given upon request. 

Website
www.akzonobel.com

Art collection website
www.artfoundation.akzonobel.com

Publications
- Hester Alberdingk Thijm a.o. (red.), Art Chart, 2016
-Hester Alberdingk Thijm, Carolien Smit, Pietje Tegenbosch (red.), Proof of Principle, Arnhem, 2003
-Hester Alberdingk Thijm, Anniek Vrij, Pietje Tegenbosch, Collection 1, Arnhem, 1996    

Exposition space
The AkzoNobel Art Foundation exhibits its collection in the Art Space, a publicly accessible exhibition space at the ground floor of the AkzoNobel Center in Amsterdam.
The art is exhibited thematically on the other floors of the office in Amsterdam and the office in Arnhem.  

Supporting
The AkzoNobel Art Foundation supports contemporary artists by acquiring artworks for the collection and incidentally supports cultural institutions and initiatives.
Joint ventures:
- Hacking Habitat, Wolvenplein Prison, Utrecht, 2016
- Yes Naturally, GEM, Den Haag, 2013
- Skies over Snaefell, collaboration with De Appel Arts Centre, Mondriaan Fonds en AkzoNobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam, 2012
- Our Kind of People, Virtueel Museum Zuidas / Kunstkapel, Amsterdam, 2010
- Difference on Display, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, 2009  

Works on loan
- Keith Edmier, Victoria Regia (first night bloom), GEM, Den Haag, 2013 & Hessel Museum, Bard College, New York, 2008 & Tate Gallery, London, 1998
- Jan Hoek, Lottery Sellers, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam, 2016
- Nadia Naveau, Smackwater Jack, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen, 2007 & Stedelijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten, Sint-Niklaas, 2014 & De Warande, Turnhout, 2017
- Koen Vermeule, Seascape Orange, De Kunsthal, Rotterdam, 2017 & Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, 2012 & Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Groningen, 2004 & Stadsgalerij Heerlen, Heerlen, 2003
- Marijke van Warmerdam, Open/Dicht, Museum Serralves, Porto, 2012 & Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 2011