Since 1974 ING has been engaged in the world of art. We actively collect art for the ING Collection and make exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad as well as in our own exhibition space in Brussels. We also sponsor museums and encourage young and creative talent.
The ING Collection reflects the world around us and displays the figurative tradition of ING in an experimental and innovative way. We aim to collect art by young and established artists who push the boundaries of the tradition of visual arts, the medium or subject-matter. Art is an inseparable part of ING and strongly embedded in our identity: innovative, venturous and modern. Goal of the collection and its activities are to contribute to the culture of innovation and change within ING and beyond.
ING regards the collection as an emotional investment not as a financial one. We purchase artworks that are relevant for ING and which contribute to the innovative and up-to-date character of the ING Collection, now and in the future.
Over the past few years our connection with society has become much more important. ING holds a variety of partnerships which encourage young, rising and creative talent, like Creatis in Belgium (supports creative entrepreneurs) and the ING Unseen Talent Award for photography. This initiative offers, besides a production fund for new work, a talent program for young photographers and an international platform. This creates a link between ING, art, culture and society.
The history of the ING Collection dates back to 1974 with the opening of a new head office for NMB (the Dutch bank for SMEs) in Amsterdam. In the course of time, collections were added to NMB's through various mergers and acquisitions.
In 1991 ING was born out of a merger between NMB Postbank Group and Nationale-Nederlanden. This gave way to the ING Collection in the Netherlands. Worldwide additions were made through the merge in 1998 with Bank Brussel Lambert (BBL), the acquisition of Barings Bank in 1995 and the attainment of a majority stake in ING Bank Slaski in 2001.
The separation of the Group's banking and insurance business in 2009 sparked ING Art Management to revise the collection and resulted into an ING Bank Collection and an Insurance Collection.
In 2013 a new collecting policy for the ING Collection was announced. The focus shifted towards international artists who push the boundaries of the figurative tradition and are not averse to experimentation. The collection was reduced from 25.000 to 6.000 artworks, mainly unique pieces.
The ING Collection walks with the international aspirations of ING and reflects its transitions. Over the years the ING Collection transformed into an international corporate art collection constantly on the move. The artworks travel the world, from the New York office to the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, not to be exclusively enjoyed by ING employees, but by a worldwide audience.