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Rabobank has been dedicated to developing a leading collection of art since 1995. This is done in close cooperation with artists. Together we select key works that mark a change in their oeuvre. Pieces that do not just tell the artist's story, but also reflect a period in art history.
With this as our basic philosophy, we are building a leading collection of contemporary art. The selected artists are considered the driving forces and catalysts of their era. While the emphasis is on Dutch artists, the collection also includes works from international artists to reflect Rabobank’s international scope.
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Three storylines are omnipresent in the Rabo Art Collection:
Art that is close to us and personal, such as the works by Inez van Lamsweerde.
Art that reflects on public engagement and touches society, such as the portraits by Rineke Dijkstra.
Art that is conceptual, cutting edge and visionary, such as the works by Jan Schoonhoven.
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In 1898 two cooperative bank conglomerates were formed: Coöperatieve Centrale Raiffeisen-Bank in Utrecht and Coöperatieve Centrale Boerenleenbank in Eindhoven. In 1972 the two organisation merged. The name Rabobank is a portmanteau of Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank. As of 1980 the central organisation is referred to as Rabobank Nederland.