ABN AMRO wants to make museums accessible to everyone. Art and culture are reflections of our society, and the engine of new developments. In the past few years, entrepreneurs in the art world have been forced to become more self-sufficient due to subsidies being cut back. ABN AMRO sponsors a number of these wonderful cultural institutions.
ABN AMRO and art fair TEFAF
The European Fine Art Fair, held annually in Maastricht, the Netherlands, is one of the world’s most important art fairs. Organised for the first time in 1975, ABN AMRO has sponsored this ten-day event for many years. Visitors from around the world attend the fair, including representatives from 220 international museums. Among these are major institutions such as the Louvre and the Museum of Modern Art. TEFAF is especially valued for the broad range of historic art on offer: every year, about eighty% of the Old Masters for sale worldwide can be found there.
Go to the website of the European Fine Art Fair
Since 2004, ABN AMRO has been the proud main sponsor of the Hermitage Amsterdam. In a fully restored seventeenth-century building, art treasures are on display from the abundant collection of the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg. We fully support the philosophy of the Hermitage Museum. In the first place, the museum proves that distinctive cultural heritage can also be shown to advantage in different surroundings. Second, the organisation shows great social entrepreneurship by making art and culture accessible to a broad audience.
Go to the website of the Hermitage Amsterdam
Hermitage for children
ABN AMRO believes art and culture are vital to children’s education and that young talent should have the opportunity to develop. We give young people this chance by designing activities for children in cooperation with the Hermitage Amsterdam. No other museum in the Netherlands dedicates so much attention to education. Every year, thousands of children between the ages of four and twelve participate in activities at this museum. The Hermitage for Children has five workshops, two classrooms, a restaurant and a gift shop.
Go to the website of the Hermitage Amsterdam (Dutch only)
Between 1907 and 1922, Helene Kröller-Müller acquired an enormous collection of art for her ‘museum house’. The museum has the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world as well as the works of several modern masters. The museum’s location in De Hoge Veluwe National Park creates a unique blend of art, nature and architecture. ABN AMRO has been a Founding Partner of the Helene Kröller-Müller Fund since July 2013, through which individuals and companies can contribute to restorations and educational projects.
Go to the website of the Kröller-Müller Museum
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
ABN AMRO has been one of the main founders of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam since 2008. After being under renovation for over eight years, the museum re-opened its doors on 23 September 2012. The Stedelijk Museum is home to a permanent collection of modern art, ranging from the 1870s to the 1960s, and a large design collection, from industrial design to applied arts and graphic design. It also hosts temporary exhibitions.
Go to the website of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
ABN AMRO Art Award
The ABN AMRO Art Award was introduced in 2004 and will be presented for the sixth time in 2016. We award this special prize to talented Dutch and foreign visual artists working in the Netherland, to give them the opportunity to develop their talents. The winner of the ABN AMRO Art Award receives an exhibition in the Hermitage Amsterdam, which exposes his or her work to a broad public. We also purchase some of the artist’s work for ABN AMRO’s art collection and we give the artist a monetary award. The jury of the ABN AMRO Art Award comprises several renowned individuals from the Dutch art world. The jury bases its decision mostly on the quality and originality of the artist’s work.
More information about ABN AMRO Art & historical collection