“In February, an exhibition with ‘our’ works’ opened at the Museum voor Achterhoekse Schilderkunst. It was good to see the art being on view again.” We’re quoting Liesbeth Peters, Service Manager at Rabobank Noord- en Oost Achterhoek. QKunst worked on bringing more focus into the bank’s collection in the past year.
The Rabobank Noord- en Oost Achterhoek collection comprised some 500 works. Not all of them could be placed back in the offices. After sharpening it, the key collection was placed back QKunst in a new display.
The rest of the artworks was deaccessioned. One part found a new home at the Museum voor Achterhoekse Schilderkunst (MAS) in Vorden. Liesbeth Peters: ‘It is quite special that MAS has taken over a number of big series by artists from the area, thus ensuring that series by local artists stayed together.’
Home care organisation Sutfene received among others a series of works themed ‘The colours of the Achterhoek’. About ten drawings of Rabobank buildings went to the Company History Department of
Rabo-art for everyone
All the works that could not be (re)placed were auctioned online. Employees and former employees of the bank could take part in this closed auction. ‘My collegues were very happy to be given this possibility’, says Peters. All remaining artworks were sold in a public auction.
‘The trajectory with Rabobank Noord- en Oost Achterhoek is a perfect example of what deaccessioning involves and what it can bring’, says QKunst director Véronique Baar. ‘Bringing focus into the collection and redecorating the buildings, placing back artworks – in regional museums but also social institutions. And, guaranteeing the historical value through the Rabobank Company History Department and local history societies and finally, giving employees the opportunity to acquire works.’