Océ Art Foundation

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Océ is one of the leading providers of document management and printing for professionals. The Océ offering includes office printing and copying systems, high speed digital production printers and wide format printing systems for both technical documentation and color display graphics. Océ is also a foremost supplier of document management outsourcing. The company was founded in 1877 in Venlo, The Netherlands. In 2010 Océ joined the Canon Group of companies to create the global leader in the printing industry.

The Océ Art Foundations' aim is twofold: to adorn the buildings of Océ and to contribute to the development of young artists through acquisitions and other kinds of support. The foundation focuses on artists who question their discipline and boldly explore the boundaries of it.

Artpolicy
This focus on the leading edge in contemporary art (particularly painting), relates to the research driven character of Océ. The company has always felt very strongly about the latest technological requirements and developed itself along this line.
The Océ Art Foundation has been collecting works of art from an international range of artists, although with a slight preference for artists from the region. The collection of almost 800 works is on show in both public areas and individual office spaces of several locations in Venlo. In the main sales office in Den Bosch a semi-permanent exhibition is composed.

History
Around 1970 occasionally Océ buys works of art to embellish the offices. With every new building works of art were acquired. Moreover, in the eighties Océ commissions some monumental works of art in its buildings, following the advice of a temporary art committee. This opens up a new perspective on collecting: the content of a work of art becomes more important as well as it's connection to the company and it's culture. In 1990 the Board of Directors decides to assign the collection to the Océ Art foundation. The foundation is created to collect new works of art and is in charge of its conservation on an annually allowed budget. Since 2006 a curator is taking care of these tasks.
Initially Océ bought mainly editions from local artists. In 1990, with the installing of the Océ Art Foundation, a policy is formulated to focus on young artists from all over the world that search for a new perspective on contemporary painting. The research driven character of Océ - present in a strong  R&D department - is consciously reflected in it's art collection.

Collection title
Océ Art Foundation
Contact
Gerardine Schreurs
Head office
Venlo
Art collection locations
Several locations in Venlo, the main sales office (Canon Nederland from now on) in Den Bosch and the Competence Center near Munich.
Number of art works
about 800 pieces
Launch year
around 1970
Disciplines
Focus on paintings, drawings, graphic arts and incidentally sculpture or video work
Focus of collection
The Océ Art Foundation collects contemporary art made by young artists questioning their discipline (painting) and boldly exploring the boundaries of it. International oriented with a slight accent on local artists.
Guided tours

There is a limited possibility for guided art tours in Venlo.

 

Website
https://nl.canon.be
Publications
  • Claudine Hellweg, Something and Something Else, Venlo, 2008
  • Ko van Dun, Is de Schilder Happy?, Venlo, 2003
  • Rutger Pontzen, Collectie Océ - van der Grinten. Jonge Kunst/ Young Art 1990-1996, Maastricht, 1996
Supporting

Since 2011 the Océ Art Foundation has incidentally invited artists to experiment on the Océ printers and to develop a work of art in a small edition.

Works on loan
  • Bas de Wit, Schudden voor gebruik, 'Sidi El Karchi & Bas de Wit', Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, 2010
  • Wouter van Riessen, Zelfportret, 'Double', Museum Het Domein Sittard, 2007
  • Wafae Ahalouch El Keriasti, Sleepers, 'Zonder titel', MUHKA Antwerpen, 2007
  • Melissa Gordon, Centerpiece, 'ABN AMRO Art Award 2007', ABN AMRO Amsterdam, 2007
  • Michael Raedecker, Flaming youth (nr 2), 'G.E.B.O.R.D.U.U.R.D.', Textielmuseum Tilburg, 2006

Gallery

Océ

  • Alice Nikitinova
  • Nathan Dilworth
  • Esther Tielemans
  • Jan Roeland
  • Eva Räder
  • Bonnie Severien
  • Michael Raedecker
  • Marjolein de Wit
  • Jens Wolf
  • Malin Persson
signpost
Open de Gallerij

The Signpost, 2009
acryl and oil on canvas
140 x 120 cm

Océ — Alice Nikitinova

  • signpost

    The Signpost, 2009
    acryl and oil on canvas
    140 x 120 cm

  • somethingandsomethingelse

    Something and Something Else, 2007
    print on vinyl
    200 x 266 cm

  • behind

    Behind, 2003
    acryl on wood panel
    153 x 220 cm

  • zondertitel

    Untiteld, 2005
    oil on canvas
    140 x 100 cm

  • boyblue

    Boyblue, 2006
    mixed media op doek
    35 x 25 cm

  • zonhuis

    Zonhuis, 2007
    acryl on wood panel
    100 x 120 cm

  • flaming youth

    Flaming Youth (nr.2), 1998
    acryl and thread on canvas
    150 x 200 cm

  • zondertitel

    Untitled, 2006
    oil on canvas
    130 x 160 cm

  • zondertitel

    Untitled, 2005
    acryl on birch plywood
    60 x 80 cm

  • devidedspace

    Devided Space, 2006
    oil on polyestercanvas
    120 x 180 cm

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