AkzoNobel Art Foundation

AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals.
AkzoNobel supplies industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and they are passionate about developing sustainable answers for their customers.
Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, AkzoNobel is consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow's Answers Today.


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. 

At the heart of the AkzoNobel art collection is the focus on the stimulation of young 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 in various ways.
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.

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 January 27, 2016
Art Space
AkzoNobel Art Foundation
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In summary

Collection title
AkzoNobel Art Foundation

Hester Alberdingk Thijm (Directeur), Augusto Pereira Silva (Manager & Curator), Manon Pasmans (Project Manager).

Head office

Art collection locations
The AkzoNobel art collection is spread over two locations in the Netherlands: the AkzoNobel Headquarters 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 1700 works of art.

Launch year

Various disciplines

Focus of collection
Contemporary international visual art

Guided tours
Approximately 70 guided tours on request per year.


Art collection website

-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 art is exhibited thematically on all floors of the Amsterdam Headquarters. In Arnhem, emphasis lies on the concept of the rhizome and diversity. At both locations the relationship between art, research and colour is explored within the exhibition practices.

The AkzoNobel Art Foundation supports a number of cultural institutions and initiatives, both incidentally as well as on a structural base. Independent artists’ institute ‘De Ateliers’
Photography Museum Amsterdam ‘FOAM’. Joint ventures: ‘Yes Naturally’, how art saves the world, GEM, The Hague 2013
‘Skies over Snaefell’, cooperation between De Appel Arts Centre, Mondriaan Fonds and 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 The Hague, 2013 & Hessel Museum, Bard College New York, 2008 & Tate Gallery, London, 1998
-Marijke van Warmerdam, Open/close, Museum Serralves, Porto 2012 & Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 2011
-Koen Vermeule, Seascape Orange, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede 2012 & Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Groningen 2004 & Stadsgalerij Heerlen, Heerlen, 2003
-Gijs Frieling, Drowning, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam 2012 & Cobra Museum for Modern Art, 2009
& Centro per l'arte Contemporanea, Prato, 2005
-Anna Bjerger, EGG, Dublin Contemporary 2011, Dublin, 2011