AkzoNobel Essential Art Space

The AkzoNobel Art Foundation is making its collection of international contemporary art accessible to the public at large.

The AkzoNobel Art Space is a meeting place for colleagues, customers and art lovers, for the people of Amsterdam, and for visitors from other parts of the Netherlands and even from other countries. The innovative form of presentation is unique compared with many current collections. Whereas most corporate collections are to be seen primarily in a closed working environment, private collections can only be viewed by invitation, and museums have art historical responsibility, now a new exhibition technique has been developed.

‘It’s not a conventional exhibition space, but a flexible and dynamic art and meeting arena,’ says Hester Alberdingk Thijm, Director of the AkzoNobel Art Foundation. ‘The space has been specifically designed to attract people to come inside and to facilitate their meeting one another in among the works of art. Openings create exciting sightlines through the different art spaces, but the atmosphere remains intimate. The dynamic open space enables us to exhibit our collection of international contemporary art, which we have built up over the last twenty years.’

The Art Space was designed by Tom Postma Design, well known for special exhibition concepts in such arenas as Art Basel and TEFAF, in association with the building’s architect, Folkert van Hagen of GROUP A.

The Art Foundation seeks out primarily new and sometimes still unknown talent in the art world. ‘The pioneering spirit of artists makes art and culture trailblazers for innovation,’ explains Hester Alberdingk Thijm. ‘By departing from the well-trodden paths and using creative thinking, utilizing unexpected materials and working out their ideas in some cases in unique ways, they produce not only art, but also insights that we find outside the world of art too.’


Opening hours:

The Essential Art Space is open to the public on workdays from 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM and by appointment.


The Art Space is situated on the ground floor of the AkzoNobel Center, Christian Neefestraat 2, 1077 WW Amsterdam.

The AkzoNobel Center is situated by the Beatrixpark at a short walking distance from the Amsterdam Zuid Station. There is no parking for visitors of the Art Space. There are various alternatives in the surrounding area, all parking is paid parking.

Art Tours:

The AkzoNobel Art Foundation gives short introductions on the exhibiton at the Art Space (subject to availability). If you wish to join an art  introduction, please send an e-mail to: artfoundation@akzonobel.com.