For companies and organisations, art loans and donations are good ways to ensure collection mobility. They create greater exposure for the works and their makers. At the end of this year, an exhibition consisting entirely of works on loan from corporate collections will open at Singer Laren museum.
In ‘Out of Office. Art treasures from corporations’, Singer Laren, together with the VBCN (Association of Corporate Collections Netherlands), will display an overview of 75 years of Dutch art from corporate collections. Two works from corporate collections managed by QKunst will be on view in the exhibition (11th December – 7th April).
One of those is the work ‘Berries’, by Maria Roosen, on loan by the province of Gelderland. QKunst-team member Judith de Bruijn is on site one day a week as an art consultant and manages loan requests among other things. ‘Maria Roosen’s work will definitely be missed by everyone who works here’, says Judith. ‘But this way, the artwork and the artist can enjoy a greater exposure. That is the main reason the province happily agrees to loan requests like this one.’
Another work from the collection is currently on loan, a painting by Marten Hendriks. Boijmans Van Beuningen museum is showing the piece in the exhibition ‘Time Slip’, an overview of Marten Hendriks’ work form the past 55 years. The exhibition can be visited until 13th January 2019.
Corporate art collections on the move
Besides loans, QKunst also accompanies clients with their donations, a good way to give artworks a new home in a fitting context. This takes places according to the ‘Netherlands guidelines for deaccessioning of museum objects’ (LAMO) and the Heritage law. Artworks are first presented to museums and institutions where they can be durably displayed and managed.
Alliander for instance, advised by QKunst, recenty did several donations. The Amsterdam Museum welcomes the ‘Ooster Gasfabriek’ by Herman Heijenbrock (1871-1948) and the City of Amsterdam a pre-study of a sculpture by André Volten (1925-2002) placed in the Amsterdam public space.
The Museum voor Achterhoekse Schilderkunst (MAS) received a donation by Rabobank North- and East-Achterhoek and will be presenting these works in a special exhibition in February. This bank is one of the local Rabobanks to which QKunst provides custom advice, as preferred partner of the Rabobank art department.
Image: Marten Hendriks, No title