AkzoNobel Art Foundation: Policy

Art is stimulation, innovation, communication and, above all, inspiration. These are the core values that the AkzoNobel Art Foundation believes in. They are values founded upon the autonomy of art and values associated with AkzoNobel as a company. These values form the precepts of our collection. The AkzoNobel Art Foundation has three policy pillars: collecting, conserving and communicating.

The AkzoNobel Art Foundation collects thematic, international, contemporary art — art to reflect AkzoNobel’s worldwide operations — both by young talent and by established artists. The key criterion for acquiring a work in our collection is its intrinsic qualities. Other major factors at play in the decision to acquire are the work’s capacity to communicate: communication between the art and business worlds, between art and society, and between the collection and the international art world.

Each work of art is unique and autonomous in itself, capable of many readings and interpretations. To make our collection more accessible and better ordered, the AkzoNobel Art Foundation uses themes, although these are not absolutes. Nor is the way we subdivide our artworks per theme set in stone. The themes are linked with each other by way of sub-themes, and they overlap. A given work of art could be classified under several themes and sub-themes. The major themes in our collection are Colour and Research; The Individual and Society; and Space. This means the works of art have a connectedness with each other and with their environment, resulting in a collection that is more than the sum of its parts.