Arcadis Art Collection
Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 27,000 people active in over 70 countries that generate €3.4 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world. Arcadis. Improving quality of life.
The art collection consists of works produced by young Dutch and international artists. The imagery is related as much as possible to one of the four business areas in which Arcadis is active: Infrastructure, Water, Environment and Buildings. Imagery of people and connections (rail, road and water) are the link to Infrastructure; the human behavior and nature imagery for Environment (land, air and water) and development (industry, urban or rural) for Buildings. The link to Infrastructure is shown through paintings depicting mobility and speed from the perspective of both rail and road infrastructure. Nature is represented in multiple forms, with or without the human figure in photos and graphics. Industrial development is reflected in a number of figurative paintings as factory complexes and/or urban landscapes.
With the art collection the company wishes to provide an attractive and inspiring working environment for its employees and encourage communications. The art collection emphasizes the company's corporate identity and links elements of the corporate culture. Collecting art is part of Arcadis' Corporate Social Responsiblity.
The Board of Directors decides in 2002 to start collecting contemporary art. An important reason for this is to replace the art reproductions by original art. Three portraits of Chairmen of beginning and end twentieth century are the starting point of the contemporary collection.
Arcadis Art Collection
Dorry Reuling, Maartje van den Bosch
Art collection locations
Most of the art works are displayed in the HQ in Amsterdam and offices in Arnhem, Amersfoort and Maastricht. A few works are displayed in offices in London, Prague, Warsaw, Darmstadt, Paris, Brussels, Santiago de Chile, Washington and New York.
Number of art works
paintings, photographs, drawings, prints and sculptures
Focus of collection
International contemporary art
Art collection website
Dorry Reuling/Ivonne Zijp, Kunstcollectie ARCADIS Art Collection, February 2009
In the Netherlands Arcadis financially supports the National Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam through a fellowship. Also the company organizes each year the Artcadia, Imagine your Future project for students of secondary schools. In collaboration with the Dutch artist Jean-Paul Marsman they create paintings, models and objects to demonstrate how they would cope with present and future social problems. The prize is a trip for ten students (and two teachers) to one of the cities in the world where the knowledge and skills of Arcadis are being deployed (www.artcadia.nl).