The ABN AMRO art collection is on display in various corporate buildings of the ABN AMRO Bank. These offices are open to employees, clients and visitors of the bank. A number of important pieces from the ABN AMRO art collection are on permanent display in our headquarters on the Zuidas in Amsterdam. These include works by both Dutch and international artists, ranging from Jan Dibbets, Robert Zandvliet and Daan van Golden to Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt and Anish Kapoor.
The works of the collection are also made availible and accessible for exihibitions and loans to museums on a regular basis. They are being displayed in presentations inside and outside the bank.
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ABN AMRO is one of the oldest and largest banks of the Netherlands. Over the course of time it has amassed a large collection of artworks and historical objects. The works of the collection are presented in offices of the bank in The Netherlands and abroad, and are also made available for exhibitions, loans, research and publications.
The ABN AMRO art collection has been a source of inspiration for clients, visitors and employees for decades. It was established almost forty years ago in 1977, making it one of the oldest corporate collections in the Netherlands. The collection has always reflected developments in contemporary art and its acquisition policy primarily focuses on Dutch artists as well as international artists with ties to the Netherlands. Furthermore, in building up a broad range of post-war art in the Netherlands, the collection has always paid special attention to young talent. The collection reflects the bank\'s social engagement. By collecting, caring for and exhibiting contemporary art, irreplaceable works of art are being preserved for future generations.
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End of the nineties a selection of international artists were commissioned to create works of art especially for the new head office of ABN AMRO on the Zuidas, Amsterdam; amongst other a fountain by Mario Merz, a wall piece by Jan Dibbets and several wall paintings by various artists such as Sol Lewitt, Gunther Forg, Michael Craig-Martin and David Tremlett.
In 2003, ABN AMRO initiated an annual incentive award, with the dual aim of fostering young talent and encouraging exchange between artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. The ABN AMRO Art Award for visual artists was originally granted to artists who came from abroad to live or work in the Netherlands: Fahrettin Örenli in 2004, Eylem Aladogan in 2005, Ryan Gander in 2006 and Melissa Gordon in 2007. The prize was relaunched in 2015 as a means of encouraging talented young Dutch and international artists in the Netherlands. The winner in 2015 was Melvin Moti, and in 2016 Marijn van Kreij.
The winner of the ABN AMRO Art Award receives an exhibition at the museum Hermitage Amsterdam accompanied by a catalogue and a monetary award of 10,000 euros. An acquisition of the artist’s work is also made for the ABN AMRO art collection.
The ABN AMRO Art Award is part of the bank\'s ‘Partner of the Future’ sponsorship programme, which focuses on the support and development of talent in the domains of sport, art and culture. ABN AMRO strives to help people discover their talents and achieve their ambitions, and the intention of the art award is to give talented artists a chance for further growth and a platform for reaching a broad public.