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 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.
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.