DSM Art Collection

Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. DSM's 22,000 employees deliver annual net sales of about €9 billion. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext.

DSM - Bright Science. Brighter Living.TM




The DSM Art Collection presently consists of contemporary international art with a special focus on innovation, sustainability and hig growth economies, themes that are important for DSM as a Lifes Sciences and Matrials Sciences Company.

DSM, the Life Sciences and Material Sciences company, is committed to create brighter lives and seeks to engage with its social environment in many different ways. DSM's own art collection is one of the ways in which, for more than a hundred years already, the company has expressed this engagement.
Through art the  DSM Art Collection aims   to provide a bright impact on the lives of DSM employees worldwide by bringing them into contact with contemporary art and offer them an inspiring work environment. DSM wants to collect art at a high professional level fitting the professional reputation of the company and to support and reinforce DSM's strategy and image by connecting to major themes as innovation, sustainability, high growth economies.  By means of art DSM wants to reinforce and support community development by building a bridge between DSM and (inter)national society.

DSM began as a modest coal mining company in 1902. How did we transform over the years from Dutch coal miners to an international company that connects its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences to create solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance?
For more than a century we've led innovative thinking, created innovative products, and even reinvented ourselves more than once. When the time was right, we made significant investments and acquisitions and reorganized when needed. Now, we are a global leader in Health, Nutrition and Materials.


Collections October 11, 2017
Catharien Romijn gastcurator bij het Bonnefantenmuseum
Verzameling Jacques & Miny Defauwes
Collections May 5, 2015
De Limburgers in de DSM Art Collection
In summary

Collection title
DSM Art Collection

Catharien Romijn

Head office

Art collection locations
Head office Heerlen, offices Sittard, Geleen, Waalwijk and Delft.

Number of art works
1261 of which 716 make up the main collection.

Launch year
1902. Launch art policy 1985

All disciplines.

Focus of collection
The focus used to be contemporary art from Limburg but since 2003 with an accent on contemporary international art and national art.

Guided tours
Only on appointment.  


Art collection website

Exposition space
Temporary exhibitions of work by artists in the DSM Art Collection  are held several times a year. An average of five exhibitions are organized each year.
Headoffice Heerlen - het Overloon 1, 6401 JH, Heerlen
Sittard - Posstraat 1, 6135 KR ,Sittard  

DSM sponsors the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht.