• Collection Management

About Collection Management

Many organisations have developed an art collection over the years. Today’s transparent office buildings often do not leave enough space available to display the whole collection. On one hand, this offers a chance to search for new ways to present the existing art, on the other hand, new space arises for other forms art, such as exhibitions, commissions and performances.

 

We like to start a project by taking inventory of the existing collection. We then examine if we can bring more focus to the collection’s profile, in order to further increase the coherence, the distinguishing qualities and the connection with the organisation. Works that no longer fit into the collection are being carefully deaccessioned. For the focus collection, we develop an innovative relocation concept, sometimes in dialogue with exhibitions or the realisation of commissioned art. The collection can be managed in our application.

Alliander

Energy network company Alliander manages an art collection that is closely intertwined with the organisation’s history. Due to the renovation of all its offices, Alliander wanted to redefine the composition and use of its art collection. QKunst made a quick scan of the collection and took part in a stakeholders meeting to explore the mutual strength between art and organisation.

 

This led to an art policy that makes way for a special relocation of the artworks. With QKunst’s recommendation, Alliander selected design agency Trapped in Suburbia to develop this placement concept. The connection between past, present and future is key. All the communications concerning the collection take the local character of the collection into consideration. The sustainable reuse of the art links up with the concept of circularity according to which Alliander and COARE Architecture take on all the renovations.

Local Rabobanks

QKunst is preferred partner of the Rabobank art department for art-related advice to local banks. Currently, a large number of local banks is merging and reorganising. This has consequences for these banks’ art collections. In order to get more insight in these collections, QKunst is taking inventories of and valuing the different collections, in order to give custom advice to each individual bank.

 

With these inventories in mind, QKunst developed a collection management application. This allows for a collection to be more easily accessed and searched through. The application also enables the manager to alter locations and ask questions about artworks in the collection.

Province of South Holland

The Province of South Holland has an art collection with a strong regional focus. With a renovation and changes within the organisation ahead, the province wanted to develop an art policy. To achieve this, the extensive art collection needed to be inventoried and digitalised. The province asked QKunst to do this.

 

QKunst now accompanies the province with the implementation of the policy: developing placement plans, advising on taxation, restoration, and disclosing the key collection, as well as organising exhibitions. QKunst also helps with bringing more focus to the collection and with the deaccessioning of works that no longer fit into the collection, according to the ‘Netherlands guidelines for deaccessioning of museum objects’ (LAMO) and the Heritage law. QKunst works closely together with the internal provincial art commission.