De Nederlandsche Bank

  • Sarah van Sonsbeeck
  • Thomas Houseago
  • Mathhew Monaham
  • Cristina Lucas
  • Cornelius Quabeck
  • Constant
  • Anish Kapoor
  • Anne Wenzel
  • Yesim Akdeniz Graf
  • Marlene Dumas
Silence is Golden but this is no silence
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Silence is Golden But this is No Silence, 2012
gold leaf and pencil on paper
88 x 93 cm

De Nederlandsche Bank — Sarah van Sonsbeeck

  • Silence is Golden but this is no silence

    Silence is Golden But this is No Silence, 2012
    gold leaf and pencil on paper
    88 x 93 cm

  • z.t

    Untitled, 2000
    gypsum, sackcloth, steel
    210 x 154 x 60 cm

  • The Witness

    The Witness, 2011
    fireproof brick, title mortar, pigment
    185 x 34 x 23 cm

  • Desnudo en el Prado

    Desnudo en el Prad, 2011
    colour photograph under methylmethacrylate
    120 x 180 cm

  • TBN

    TBN, 2012
    acrylic on canvas
    110 x 110 cm

  • Labyrinthische ruimte

    Labyrinthine space (Labyrinthische ruimte), 1973
    oil on canvas
    165 x 175 cm

  • Chastre

    Chastre, 1993
    7.5 x 15.5 x 10.5 cm; 11 x 13 cm; 22 x 8 cm

  • Der Tod und das Mädchen (nach Hans Baldung Grien)

    Der Tod und das Mädchen (nach Hans Baldung Grien), 2011
    67 x 40 x 28 cm

  • From here to eternity

    From here to eternity, 2006
    acrylic on canvas
    180 x 200 cm

  • The face of the painter

    The face of the painter, 1987
    oil on canvas
    160 x 200 cm

DNB Art Collection


De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) is the central bank and the prudential financial supervisor of the Netherlands. DNB strives to protect financial stability, and thus to contribute to the lasting prosperity of the Netherlands. The three main elements of financial stability are: low inflation, a safe payment system and the soundness and integrity of financial institutions.

The art collection of De Nederlandsche Bank is characterised by its free-spirited and contemporary outlook. Numbering over 1,200 works covering several disciplines and styles, the collection offers an accurate representation of today's major developments in the visual arts. De Nederlandsche Bank collects high-quality recent works by both Dutch and international artists, including, for instance, Marlene Dumas, Robert Zandvliet, Jan Andriesse, Matthew Monahan and Thomas Houseago.

Art policy
Despite its relatively modest budget, DNB aspires to build a collection that faithfully reflects the current state of the visual arts. New trends and young, talented artists are closely monitored, with special attention to works that signal a new development in an artist's oeuvre. The scope of DNB's art collection ranges from glass objects to video art and from sculpture to painting.

De Nederlandsche Bank's art collection has its roots in the early twentieth century. In 1905, DNB purchased a painting by the Amsterdam impressionist George Hendrik Breitner. In those early days, art was acquired only to embellish the rooms of executive directors and other representative spaces.

In 1982, the Governing Board decided to put the formation of DNB's art collection on a more permanent footing. An Art Committee composed of staff was installed and mandated to pursue DNB's art policy on a set budget and according to a stated purchasing policy: to acquire art by young and talented artists from the Netherlands and elsewhere. Henceforth, the art collection was employed to give aesthetic enhancement to the premises and to enable employees make their workspace more agreeable.

Collection title
DNB Art Collection
Alexander Strengers (chairman of the Art committee), Aad Carp, Marco Engel, Petra Hielkema, Donald Ogilvie, Gisella van Vollenhoven en Sander de Wit
Head office
Art collection locations
The collection is distributed through the offices of DNB in Amsterdam.
Number of art works
Approximately 1250
Launch year
Early 20th century
All media
Focus of collection
Guided tours

Lectures and tours of the exhibition space may be applied for or +31 (020) 524 21 83. Visitors to DNB premises must show proof of identy.

Art collection website
  • Alexander Strengers, In Zicht, Overwegingen bij de collectie van De Nederlandsche Bank, 2014
  • Céline Ariaans, Ann Gimpel, Christina Leber, Janina Vitale (red.),  DZ Bank (Kunstsammlung), A Touch of Dutch, Frankfurt, 2010
  • Gert Eijkelboom, Margot Selders, Alexander Strengers, Claudine de With (red.), Eigenlijk Eigentijds, uit de kunstcollectie van de Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, 2007
Exposition space

Exhibitions by De Nederlandsche Bank in its own designated art space rotate every six weeks. They are sale exhibitions which often showcase artwork by young artists. Thus DNB offers young and talented artists a stage for their current work. The exhibitions are open to the public, by appointment only. Appointments can be made by mail or +31 (020) 524 21 83. Visitors to the DNB premises will be asked to identify themselves.


DNB pursues a restrictive support policy.

Works on loan
  • Various works to IMF in Washington-Various works to AMF in Amsterdam
  • Erik Andriesse, Lelie, God save the Queen, Kunst, Kraken en Punk 1977-1084, 2012, Centraal Museum, Utrecht
  • Gijs Frieling, Het ontstaan der soort, Cobra Kunstprijs, 2009, Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Amstelveen
  • George Hendrik Breitner, Rokin, 1896, 'From Rembrandt and Van Gogh to Contemporary Artists - The Glory of Dutch Arts', 2009, Hotel Okura, Tokyo & 'Breitner', 1994-1995, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • Jan van Kessel, De Dam met het Stadhuis, 1668, ''From Rembrandt and Van Gogh to Contemporary Artists - The Glory of Dutch Arts', 2009, Hotel Okura, Tokyo
  • Robert Zandvliet, Untitled, 2001, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam & Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern
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