The AkzoNobel art collection consists of around 1,700 works of art, the greater part of which is held at the company’s Arnhem and Amsterdam premises. To order the collection and for the sake of better accessibility, the works are arranged by theme.
These themes are not rigid or unchanging. They often overlap, and are connected with each other through the sub-themes within them. The subdivision of the artworks per theme is not inflexible, either. A given work of art could be classified under several themes and sub-themes, since every work is open to interpretation such that any thematic classification will be dependent upon the viewer’s interpretation. Accordingly, this classification should be seen as merely a helpful guide for the viewer: this collection can be viewed and approached from very many different perspectives.
The collection as a whole can be seen as a spider’s web, with the main themes forming the hubs at which the threads of sub-themes intersect. This approach enables the Art Foundation to be flexible about its collection, which can consequently grow naturally and organically. This comes about as works of art form cross-linkages with each other and with the wider world. The major themes in our collection are Colour and Research; The Individual and Society; and Space.