About the VBCN

A distinctive player in the world of culture

The VBCN is an independent, non-profit knowledge network for Dutch companies and public and semi-public institutions with a policy of building art collections. Its members bring a large and diverse audience in contact with art and forge new connections between art and society. This makes the VBCN a distinctive player in the world of culture.



The VBCN encourages artistic activities, and helps companies and public and semi-public institutions to develop the best possible policy for building their collections. The association initiates debate and research. It provides a forum where members can share expertise and work together to enhance the visibility and dynamism of their holdings. In this way the VBCN increases its members' expertise and contributes to a vibrant artistic and cultural climate in the Netherlands.

Thanks to the VBCN's unique position in the world of culture, it leads the way in linking the visual arts with organisations and society at large. It responds to current events, highlights socially relevant issues, and breaks down disciplinary boundaries. Quality and originality are its guiding principles.



Facts and Figures

  • The VBCN comprises 50 organisations holding corporate art collections.
  • The VBCN's members own a total of circa 100,000 works of art.
  • Thanks to corporate collections, hundreds of thousands of employees in the Netherlands come into contact with contemporary fine art every day.
  • Corporate collections affect between 10 and 20 per cent of the contemporary art market in the Netherlands and thus help to drive the field's development.
  • By loaning works to museums, corporate collections help to make dozens of exhibitions possible each year.


History VBCN

  • 2005: VBCN founded.
  • February 2005: TNT Post issues set of postage stamps featuring art from VBCN collections.
  • November 2007: VBCN holds Energeia sculpture exhibition in Amsterdam's Zuidas district.
  • November 2009: VBCN celebrates its fifth anniversary with a symposium and the publication of the book Corporate Art Collections in the Netherlands.
  • May, June, July 2010: VBCN holds the exhibition Ons Soort Mensen ("People Like Us"), guest-curated by Lex ter Braak, with Virtueel Museum Zuidas.
  • November 2011: VCBN launches the biennial VBCN Open curatorial prize.
  • May 2012: Curators, Claire van Els and Hendrik Folkerts win first edition VBCN Open with time deposits.
  • May 2013:Exhibition VBCN Open time deposits with performances en exhibition in collaboration with artists, Marie Reinert and Mounira Al Solh.


VBCN December 5, 2017
Winner VBCN OPEN 2017 - 2018
VBCN November 6, 2017
VBCN bezoekt Amsterdam Art Weekend
24 november
VBCN September 17, 2017
Ledenbijeenkomst in Arnhem
4 oktober
VBCN September 17, 2017
Uit het depot - deel I
VBCN September 17, 2017
Onderzoek naar bedrijfscollecties in Nederland
Tweede fase
VBCN September 17, 2017
Jaarverslag 2016
VBCN September 17, 2017
Uit het depot - deel II
VBCN September 17, 2017
VBCN ledenbijeenkomst
VBCN September 17, 2017
OPEN CALL: VBCN curatorenprijs
VBCN OPEN 2017 / 2018
2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2010 | 2009 | 2007 | 2005
January 19, 2017 - March 1, 2018
December 12, 2017 - March 20, 2018
February 1 - April 15, 2018
March 9, 2018
April 12-13, 2018

Anne Clement - van Vugt
+ 31 (0)6 13 77 72 44


Postal address
Secretariaat VBCN
p/a E. Vossen
Waterkersweg 240
1051 PH Amsterdam

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Kummer & Herrman

Technology and hosting

Content management
Wende Wallert, Imee Luteijn

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Bedrijfscollecties Nederland

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