Rijnstate is building a professional, contemporary art collection that fits well in a hospital environment; art that inspires, takes the patient's mind off his or her situation, generates dialogue and pleasantly surprises visitors. We mainly focus on artists who work in the Netherlands, from young talent to famous artists.
Rijnstate buys art and provides space for artists to exhibit their work. These past few years the emphasis has been on ordering artwork from artists when renovating or building a new facility. In our facility, we focus on providing a healing environment for our patients: from providing great hospitality and clear signage to a carefully designed interior. Visual arts give us an extra dimension. We ensure access to information about the works of art. In this way, the visual arts reach a large audience.
Rijnstate is the result of a merger of the three hospitals in Arnhem; the new organisation opened its doors in 1995. The beginning of the Rijnstate art collection began with the placement of a mobile piece by Rombouts Droste in the atrium of Rijnstate Arnhem and thirteen letter mobiles by Marc Ruygrok on the different floors throughout this facility. Both the Zadkine statue and the Franz Stracké statue were moved to Rijnstate Arnhem from the Diaconessenhuis estate. In 2001, Rijnstate merged with Ziekenhuis Zevenaar and Ziekenhuis Velp; the art collection was displayed in all facilities.