Province of Limburg Art Collection
As the Netherlands' second youngest province and as a European region, Limburg has its own distinct identity. The socio-economic developments that have taken place here in the last few decades have also triggered a process of change and innovation. This has enabled Limburg to transform the disadvantages of its position on the periphery of the Netherlands into the benefits of a favourable position in a European context.
To facilitate the work of the Provincial Executive, the Province of Limburg employs a civil service of over 900 staff, divided into different departments. Each official brings his/her own expertise to bear in the Province's projects and programmes. The Province's officials operate in many areas and therefore cover a wide variety of jobs and professions, among them surveyor, lawyer and public administrator. The curator works for the Office of the Queen's Commissioner.
The management group is at the head of the civil service organization, its highest administrative body. The general director - the secretary - is head of the province's civil service, bearing general and overall responsibility for its operations. He manages the Province's civil servants and forms the connection between the Provincial Executive and its administrative apparatus.
The Province of Limburg art collection offers a kaleidoscopic view of the artistic production of Limburg and the history and culture of this region of Europe.
The collection's origins lay in formal portraits, a small number of sculptures, a handful of artworks by Limburg's masters and some handcrafted pieces of applied art. Much of the original loan from the State - most of it antique furniture - was returned in 2010.
The bulk of the present-day collection consists of works by Limburg artists since the 1970s, in particular works on paper, purchased during the Trajecta exhibition series, to decorate the building. In the 1980s and especially since 2007, larger works have been purchased from a select number of artists with ties to the province: Piet Killaars, Frans Gast, Rob Stultiens, Nic Tummers, Ger Lataster, Fons Haagmans, Romy Finke, Han Rameckers, John Lambrichts, Juul Sadée, Paul Devens, Stephan Mörsch, Anja Bayerwaltes, Elodie Ledure, Toine Berghs, Sidi El Karchi, Hadassah Emmerich, Sylvie Macias Diaz... Works by Fransje Killaars (Council Chamber), Claudy Jongstra, Chris Keulen and Su Tomesen were also commissioned.
tripod of leather shoes
70 x 70 x 15 cm
Province of Limburg Art Collection
Ad Himmelreich, Nico Voncken
Art collection locations
The collection is housed in Limburg’s provincial government buildings, the so-called Gouvernement aan de Maas. The core of the collection is permanently exhibited in and around the administrative section of the complex. The bulk of the collection serve
Number of art works
1,350 works, 220 of which belong to the core collection.
In 1983 a large number of works by Limburg artists were purchased to decorate the new Gouvernement building, which came into use in 1986.
paintings, photographs, drawings, prints, sculptures, installations
Focus of collection
Works by modern and contemporary artists with a demonstrable link to Limburg; art that renews the image of this European region and items relating to the history of the region.
For groups of up to 20 persons
Reservations via firstname.lastname@example.org or +31 (0)43 3897777. You can also contact the curator directly at email@example.com or on +31 (0)6 27047926.
-Ad Himmelreich (editor), Een gouvernement met kunst, Publication to mark the 25th anniversary of the Gouvernement building on the River Maas, Province of Limburg, Maastricht, 2011 Exhibition catalogues, including:
-Mooi niet - een keuze uit de verzameling van museum Het Domein, Sittard, 2008. 16
-Binnenste buiten, buitenste binnen - werken van Paul Devens, Suchan Kinoshita, Mathieu Knippenbergh, Karin Peulen, Tonn Prins, Han Rameckers, Juul Sadée, 2007
Exhibitions are usually held in the central hall of the Gouvernement building. Since 2012, summer exhibitions are also held outside on 'governors' island'.
The central hall was recently redesigned as an open lounge space, resulting in the removal of the walls that had been built for exhibition purposes. The emphasis in the future exhibition programme will therefore be more on conversation pieces, especially three-dimensional and multimedia artworks.
The space is freely accessible and open on weekdays, from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. It is closed at weekends, on public holidays and during the Carnival celebrations.
The curator stages exhibitions in collaboration with stakeholders in Limburg, in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion and, by way of exception, from the big cities in west of the Netherlands. He seeks the advice of an advisory committee, consisting of external experts and colleagues from within the organization.
Works on loan
-The Treaty of Maastricht, exhibition in connection with the Nobel Peace Prize, Hoofdwacht, Maastricht, 2012-2013
-Fons Haagmans, OLS, Schunck* cultural centre, Heerlen, 2012-2013
-Alexander Schaepkens, Vues des remparts de Maëstricht, NATO JFC HQ, Brunssum, 2011
-Anja Bayerwaltes, Regen, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Liège, 2010