Achmea Art Collection
Achmea (19.000 FTE) is the largest insurance group in the Netherlands, with strong brands including Interpolis, Centraal Beheer Achmea, Zilveren Kruis Achmea, Avéro Achmea, FBTO and Agis. Achmea is also the largest Dutch health insurer, with some 5.2 million policyholders. Achmea is an unlisted company with cooperative roots which balances the interests of clients, business partners, employees and shareholders. Achmea, which has its head office in Zeist, is active in eight European countries.
The Achmea art collection presently consists of contemporary international art with a special focus on Dutch and Turkish art. Besides that there is a special focus on sculpture.
The Achmea Kunstcollectie was intended to open a window on contemporary art, for the benefit of both the staff and those outside the company. It is characterized by a cultural patronage aiming to seek out the boundaries of the visual arts, whereby these are not limited to more traditional art forms (such as painting and sculpture), but also incorporate video art, new media art, and design. Special attention is being paid to contemporary Turkish art.
Achmea was founded in 1995 as an alliance of companies in life insurance, general insurance, healthcare, banking and investments. Until 2005 every company had its own art policy. Since then Achmea has a central art policy carried out by the Art department. It is based on the art policy of Interpolis (1996-2005).
Achmea Art Collection
Art collection locations
Head office Zeist, Tilburg, De Meern, Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Apeldoorn, Leeuwarden, Leiden and Zwolle.
Number of art works
5.000, of which more than 1.000 make up the main collection.
Focus of collection
Contemporary international art with an accent on The Netherlands and Turkey.
Limited possibility for guided art tours in the offices of Tilburg and Leiden for a maximum of 15 persons.
Art collection website
-Frank van der Salm, 2006
-William Engelen, Vertical Thoughts, Tilburg 2003
-Hans Meijs (red.), De Interpolis kunstcollectie, Tilburg 2002 (cd)
Temporary exhibitions of work by artists who are represented in the Achmea art collection are held four times a year on average at the Achmea Art gallery (Dellaertweg 1, Leiden).
A video space designed by the famous Dutch artist Krijn de Koning can also be visited. Video art in the Achmea collection is played there.
Achmea sponsors cultural events like the open air exhibition Lustwarande in Tilburg and Beelden in Leiden in that city.
Works on loan
-Rob Voerman, Chariti, Kunstenlab, Deventer, 2012
-Driessens & Verstappen, Frankendael Scene M, ‘Urban Outsiders’ , Huize Frankendael, Amsterdam, 2012
-Hans van de Ban, Pleurant, ‘Ons soort mensen’ Kunstkapel Zuidas, Amsterdam, 2010
-Jan Fabre, De Reïncarnatie van Giovanni Arnolfini, Louvre, Parijs, 2008
-Carolein Smit, Aracoeli, Gemeentemuseum, Helmond, 2007