Some places call for a story to be told, or for the creation of a specific, distinguishing quality. They are perfect for commissioned art. How do you formulate such a commission and how do you obtain a selection of suited artists? And how does the creative process combine with the constraints of the architectural design, construction, or with the transition of the organisation?
We help define starting points, introduce the right artists or designers and tend the whole process, from design to implementation. Throughout this process, we are particularly attentive to the exchange of ideas between commissioner, commission-taker and end user. To make sure that the artist – from young talent to international heavyweight – is given enough freedom to create a unique artwork and at the same time, to gain acceptance for the new artwork.
The Kromhout Barracks (headquarters of the Royal Netherlands Army), nearby Galgenwaard Stadium in Utrecht, houses about 3500 defence employees. Commissioned by ISS Facility Services for builder Bouwcombinatie Komfort, online gallery ArtOlive took care of all the art on the military grounds. Intermittent art was placed in the offices. In addition, five artists produced large-scale commissioned artworks.
ArtOlive asked QKunst to manage these art commissions: defining the starting points, selecting the artists, giving presentations to the art commission and content-related feedback on the designs, and taking care of the project communication. All in close cooperation with then Meyer en Van Schooten Architecten. The artworks were completed in 2011 within the project based on Public Private Collaboration, ensuring the management for 25 years. Would you like to know more? Contact us to request the special publication about the project: ‘Not your average fare – Art for the Kromhout Barracks’.
QKunst has a long and productive relationship with Rabobank Utrecht and surroundings. For a number of offices, commissioned art was produced. QKunst introduced suited artists and lead the art commissions from design to implementation.
In the work that Saskia Noor van Imhoff (1982) made for the Rabobank office in Nunspeet, shapes from traditional costumes from the area return in an abstract form in an installation composed of sculptures made of bronze, wood and plaster, photography, and a tapestry that was woven at the Textile Museum in Tilburg.
Saskia Noor van Imhoff is one of the four nominees for the prestigious Prix de Rome 2017. As of December 2, new work by the nominees will be shown at the Kunsthal Rotterdam. The winner will be officially announced on Friday 15 December.
The Van den Broek Lohman Fund Nunspeet wanted to honour the life and work of François Adriaan Molijn (1853-1912) with an artwork. Born in Rotterdam, Molijn created the Veluvine paint factory in Nunspeet (Veluwe area). He was an inspired and committed entrepreneur, who paid attention to his employees’ living circumstances. Putting his ideals into practice, he created jobs, education, housing and social services in Nunspeet, using the industrial innovations of his time. As a location for the artwork, the terrain of Cultural Centre Veluvine was chosen.
The fund asked QKunst to organise the procedure, formulate the commission and make a first selection of artists. For the final artist selection, the fund formed an art commission with representatives from the Nunspeet cultural field, local entrepreneurs and three students from the nearby Nuborgh High School. After the presentation of three designs to the inhabitants of Nunspeet, the commission chose the design by Nicolas Dings (1953), who combines an iconic portrait of Molijn with historical stories about the social impact of the entrepreneur.