Highlights from the collection
In our head offices, located on the Zuidas in Amsterdam, a number of important pieces from the ABN AMRO art collection are on permanent display. This includes works by both Dutch as well as international artists, ranging from Jan Dibbets, Robert Zandvliet and Daan van Golden to Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt and Anish Kapoor.
LeWitt designed 'Loopy Doopy (Red and Blue)' for the new main offices of ABN AMRO in 1999.
LeWitt is one of the founders of the Conceptual Art and Minimalism movements that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s. The aim of these movements was to reduce art to a bare minimum, with the idea being more important than the execution. LeWitt made sculptures, installations, drawings and photographs – and about 1,500 wall drawings, both geometric and black-and-white. Later he also worked with more organic forms and in primary colours.
ABN AMRO purchased this work by Kapoor for its new office in London in 2000.
The Indian-British artist Anish Kapoor is seen as one of today’s most prominent contemporary artists. His work centres on a mystical experience of emptiness. His sculptures and drawings are characterised by cavities and holes, the contrast between interior and exterior space – an allusion to such dualities as man and woman, heaven and earth, light and darkness, matter and spirit.
In 1999, Merz designed the fountain with its spiral-shaped table and water lilies especially for the entrance to the new main offices of ABN AMRO in Amsterdam’s Zuidas district.
Mario Merz was part of the Arte Povera movement of the late 1960s. Artists from this movement integrated materials from daily life into their work such as jute, stone, scrap metal, straw, rags and sand. Merz became best known for his igloo-like structures and his search for underlying patterns in nature.
Daan van Golden
Daan van Golden, one of the most important Dutch contemporary artists of his time, recently passed away in 2017. In 1995 ABN AMRO acquired 'Study Pollock', a painting in which Daan van Golden enlarged a detail from an existing work by Jackson Pollock. The artist shows that if you look carefully at Pollock’s work you can see a fox, and across from that a face with a wide open mouth. In this way Van Golden added a new layer of meaning to an existing work.
Van Golden made paintings in which he meticulously reproduces the motifs and details of everyday images. His paintings reveal influences of Pop Art as well as those of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and Conceptual Art.
This sculpture was purchased for the entrance of the new main offices of ABN AMRO in 1999.
As a representative of the Minimalist Art movement, Judd wanted to return to the essence of the work of art. The goal was to shed all interpretative aspects and refer to nothing besides the work itself. Starting in 1964 he had his sculptures made industrially, which means that the personal signature of the artist is missing. He chooses materials like aluminium or steel because they are free of conventional associations.
In 2002 ABN AMRO bought this painting by Robert Zandvliet for the collection. In this period nature was his main source of inspiration. Zandvliet became fascinated by the light and colour of the landscape.
Halfway through the nineties Zandvliet became known for his portrayals of everyday objects such as a car mirror, a camera, or a television screen. He simplified these objects into uncomplicated forms and blew them up to extreme proportions. The artist works in tempera, as did the painters of the old Italian frescos. The thin layers of tempera paint give the compositions a clear, transparent quality.
ABN AMRO purchased the work ‘Spiegelbollenman’ made of glass mirror balls of various sizes in 2004. Roosen is remarkably successful at creating a figure with minimal means. Her inspiration was Jacob Ruysdael, a seventeenth-century artist who was famous for his fabulous skies. The balls perpetually reflect the world around them, including the sky.
Maria Roosen is one of the Netherland’s leading sculptors. Most of Maria Roosen’s work consists of glass and ceramic objects and installations. The most ordinary things suddenly acquire an intense sensuality, sometimes even with explicitly erotic or voluptuous overtones.
In 2000 ABN AMRO purchased 'Tollebeek I' for the decoration of its new office in London.
Jan Dibbets is one of the artists who brought Conceptual Art to Europe from the U.S. in the late 1960s. In the 1970s he began working mainly with photography. Dibbets gained international renown with his 'perspective corrections': ingenious and staged photographic works that are explicitly intended to show how perspective works. At the same time they highlight the dynamic tension between the illusion of space and the flat canvas.
In 1999 'Plus and Minus III' was acquired for the new main offices of ABN AMRO. It is a painterly image composed of plus and minus signs in black, white and silver. The painting is reminiscent of the early work of Piet Mondriaan.
Roy Lichtenstein is one of the most prominent representatives of Pop Art. He made paintings, lithographs and sculptures. He became chiefly known for his paintings that resembled comic book panels using bright primary colours and heavy black contours. From 1962 on Lichtenstein sought inspiration from the works of Picasso, Mondriaan and Monet.
John Chamberlain II
The sculpture 'Delia’s Dozen' was purchased in 1999 for the new main offices of ABN AMRO.
John Chamberlain was an Abstract Expressionist and is considered a forerunner of the Pop Art movement. He became known for his sculptures made from scrap metal, such as metal obtained from car wrecks. It was cheap, easily obtainable and already strongly coloured. With these explosions of colour Chamberlain translated the two-dimensional Abstract Expressionist work of fellow artists into three dimensions.