Collection Royal KPN

KPN is the leading telecommunications and ICT service provider in the Netherlands, offering wireline and wireless telephony, internet and TV to consumers and end-to-end telecom and ICT services to business customers. In Germany and Belgium, KPN pursues a Challenger strategy in its wireless operations and holds number three market positions through E-Plus and BASE. KPN provides wholesale network services to third parties and operates an efficient IP-based infrastructure with global scale in international wholesale through iBasis.
At December 31st, 2011, KPN served over 44.5 million customers, of which 36.6 million were in wireless services, 4 million in wireline voice, 2.5 million in broadband Internet and 1.4 million in TV. With 18,687 FTEs in the Netherlands (31,084 FTEs for the whole group), KPN reported full-year revenues of EUR 13.1bn and an EBITDA of EUR 5.1bn in 2011. KPN was incorporated in 1989 and is listed on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.


The KPN Art Collection consists of contemporary international art, all media, with a special focus on young talent and follows the collected artists in the development of their career.

KPN’s art policy has always been characterised both by the primary criterion of artistic quality and by a conscious effort to keep track of the latest developments. The acquisition policy follows a two-fold path: on the one hand early scouting and acquisition of emerging talent and on the other hand regularly acquiring key works of artists already represented in the collection, in order to monitor their development. To a certain extent KPN collects thematically, in so-called clusters, so as to obtain a broad and overall picture of a group of artists. By collecting and presenting in these clusters we as much as possible try to show the works in context and thus emphasize the coherence of the collection.

The KPN art collection finds its origin in the collection of the former state-owned company PTT. From 1945 onwards, art consultants of the Aesthetic Design Department were responsible for new art acquisitions and art commissions. In accordance with the so-called ‘1%-regulation’, during the sixties and seventies the company commissioned numerous works of art. Additionally, the wish to provide employees with art in each office led to the purchase of many prints. In the second half of the eighties, this policy changed, resulting in a shift of emphasis towards the acquisition of autonomous works of art. When PTT and KPN split up in 1989, the art collection was divided accordingly into two independent, balanced collections. After a reorganisation in 2002, the Art & Design department continued to exist as KPN Art Department.

From the collection
Arjan van Helmond

Interior #23, 2006
acrylic, gouache and ink on paper
189x152 cm

In summary

Collection title
Collection Royal KPN

Daniela Petovic

Head office
The Hague

Art collection locations
The collection is distributed over several flagship offices in the Netherlands

Number of art works
approx. 6500

Launch year

alle disciplines

Focus of collection
International contemporary art, all media.

Guided tours
Within KPN, guided tours are organised for interested employees. Tours for people outside of KPN are possible on request.


- Daniela Petovic, Ferdinand Dorsman, Christhoph Tannert, Jurriaan Benschop, berlin_nl,  The Hague, 2007
- Els Barents, Hans Aarsman, Cornel Bierens, Fotografie uit de KPN collectie. Overzichtstentoonstelling van fotografie-aankopen, Amsterdam, 2001
Een keuze uit de KPN collectie (Richard Billingham, Anton Corbijn, Axel Hütte, Sarah Jones, Liza May Post, Thomas Struth), The Hague, 1998
- Jan Geurt Gaarlandt, Mik Thoomes (red.), Verborgen Collectie, Amsterdam, 1995

- KPN sponsors the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten and under the Fellowship program annually awards a stipent to one of its residents.
- In cooperation with the Prix de Rome KPN biannually awards the KPN Kunstprix: an award of €15.000 and an acquisition for the collection. The winner is chosen by KPN personnel from the ten nominees of the Prix de Rome.