BNG Bank Collection
BNG Bank is the bank for local authorities and public sector institutions. The bank is a committed partner and makes a sustainable contribution to minimising the costs of social provisions for the public. BNG Bank's mission has been translated into the following strategic objectives: substantial market shares in the funding of the Dutch public sector and the semi-public domain and a reasonable return for its shareholders. Achieving these objectives requires an excellent credit rating, adequate risk management, a competitive funding position and effective and efficient operations. Corporate Social Responsibility is intrinsic to BNG Bank's core activities.
BNG Bank's clients primarily comprise local authorities and public sector institutions in the area of housing, healthcare, education and public utilities. BNG Bank provides customised financial services, ranging from loans and advances, payment services and area development to asset management. BNG Bank also participates in public-private partnerships. By far the greatest part of the bank's lending is free of credit risk, because these loans are granted to or guaranteed by public authorities.
BNG Bank strives for an open culture internally. Education and development are personnel policy spearheads. BNG Bank regards art and culture as being of paramount importance, and consequently their promotion is considered part of the bank's social responsibility. To this end, the BNG Culture Fund was established in 1964 to support a wide array of cultural initiatives in the public sector. The art collection plays a part in enhancing the employees' work atmosphere.
BNG Bank began collecting post-1945 Dutch art 20 years ago on the initiative of the chairman of the Board of Directors at the time. In most cases, two or three works by the same artists were acquired. Initially, art (primarily graphic) was purchased and leased with the help of external consultants and in consultation with employees. Today, BNG Bank owns all of the works on display, and purchasing is more targeted. When buying new works, the emphasis is on unique copies purchased from specialty galleries, at auctions in the Netherlands and abroad, or directly from the artist.
BNG Bank primarily collects post-WWII abstract-geometric art in every medium by Dutch artists and other artists who have a proven connection to a Dutch tradition. Special attention is given to artists who are currently or have been involved in designing public spaces, either in theory or in practice, thus aligning the art policy with the BNG Bank’s objectives as a bank. Pauline Bieringa (director of Public Finance) manages the art collection since 2005.
BNG Bank Collection
Pauline Biering, director of Public Finance
Art collection locations
BNG Bank office, The Hague
Number of art works
approximately 600 works
Focus of collection
Dutch abstract-geometric art in every medium by post-war artists.
Art collection website