The Vereniging Rembrandt was founded in 1883. Since then, we have helped shape museum collections throughout the Netherlands.

A broad range

The works of art the Rembrandt Association has helped collect for the public range from the most costly acquistions for large Dutch museums, such as Jheronimus Bosch's Pedlar for Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and Matisse's perhaps finest paper cut-out La perruche et la sirène for the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, to hundreds of more modest art purchases for dozens of smaller collections. If you would like to see a selection of the works of art we have helped acquire through the years, scroll down.

A team of independent experts

Applications are assessed by our board. This team of independent experts is made up of acclaimed art historians and museum professionals, complemented by art enthusiasts who are specialized in fields that are of crucial importance for the association's success, such as finance, marketing and filantropy. The board only considers applications for art purchases that are important to the receiving collection in particular, but which also make sense in the larger landscape of Dutch public art collections. So as to make well-informed decisions,the board receives input from our extensive advisory council.

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The bigger picture

The Vereniging Rembrandt was founded to safeguard and strengthen Dutch public art collections. Nowadays we also help museums finance research and restoration projects so they can use their collections to their fullest potential. Additionally, we make people aware of the importance of strong and vital public art collections. We do so through publications, lectures, seminars and the occasional exhibition.

Bisschop Keukeninterieur

Cornelis Bisschop, Kitchen interior with a woman cooking, 1665, oil on canvas, 72.3 x 97.5 cm, Dordrechts Museum. Acquired with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt (thanks in part to its BankGiro Loterij Aankoopfonds), 2014

It was an excellent idea of the Dordrechts Museum to acquire this recently rediscovered painting by the Dordrecht-born artist Cornelis Bisschop (1630-1674). Bisschop was famed for his virtuosity, and this may well be his masterpiece. The brilliantly chosen viewpoint, as though the scene was accidentally observed, the arrested movement, different kinds of light and texture make everything in this picture a reflection on painting and illusion.

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Adriaen de Vries, Bacchant, 1626, bronze, h 108 cm, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Acquired with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt (thanks in part to the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds), the Stichting Nationaal Fonds Kunstbezit, the BankGiro Loterij, the Rijksmuseum Fonds (the Frits en Phine Verhaaff Fonds, the Stichting Greidanus-Formijne, the Marjon Ornstein Fonds, the Ellis Nansink Fonds, the Familie Verbeek Fonds), the VSBfonds, the Mondriaan Fonds, the Rijksmuseum International Circle and a private individual, 2014

Ever since its groundbreaking exhibition devoted to Mannerism in 1955, the Rijksmuseum hoped to acquire a large sculpture by Adriaen de Vries (c. 1556-1626). In vain it went after the Liechtenstein Man of sorrows, and in 1989 the J.Paul Getty Museum had the winning bid for The dancing faun. In 2011, the Rijksmuseum was ready to strike again, but the sale of the newly discoverd De Vries was cancelled. When it was made available on 11 December 2014 in New York, however, the Rijksmuseum was able to acquire it for € 22.5 million. Four of these millions were provided by the Rembrandt Association, and five more by the Nationaal Fonds Kunstbezit, a fund administered by the Association.

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Andries Dirk Copier (design), Liquer carafe, glass and silver-plate, 1930, 14.3 x 11 cm, Nationaal Glasmuseum, Leerdam. Acquired with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt (thanks in part to its P.H. Soeters Fonds voor 20ste-eeuwse Glaskunst), 2014

Not every purchase supported by the Rembrandt Association costs hundreds of thousands or millions of euros. This sublime carafe, which Andries Copier (1901-1991) designed for the Glasfabriek Leerdam, cost 1.500 euros. It was offered for sale on a Dutch advertising website, but attracted so much interest that the owner got in touch with the Nationaal Glasmuseum, which replied immediately. The Rembrandt Association paid half the price. You could say that fewer than thirteen members made that possible with their annual contribution.

Munch Auerbach

Edvard Munch, Portrait of Felix Auerbach, 1906, oil on canvas, 85.4 x 77.1 cm, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Acquired with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt (thanks in part to its Maljers-de Jongh Fonds and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds), the BankGiro Loterij, the VSBfonds, and the members of the Yellow House in 2017

Munch (1863-1944) did not paint accuratelikenesses, and Auerbachwas well aware of that whenhe commissioned his ownportrait. It was a matter ofcharacterisation throughexpression. Auerbach standsbefore us as a man of theworld, but his eyes speak ofsorrow and resignation. Thepose with the cigar can’t coverthat up. Munch took his leadfrom the raw characterisationin Van Gogh’s portraits, andmatches it here.

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Kawahara Keiga, Screen with a view of the Bay of Nagasaki, c. 1836, pigment, ink and watercolour on paper and silk, 171.2 x 457.6 cm, Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden. Acquired with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt (thanks in part to its Themafonds Niet-Westerse Kunst and its Themafonds Meubelen en Toegepaste kunst), the Mondriaan Fonds, the VSBfonds, the BankGiro Loterij, and the Vrienden van Museum Volkenkunde, 2018

This huge screen by Kawahara Keiga (1786-1860?) languished unnoticed for a hundred years in a private collection. Its discovery was a miracle. Since the Dutch trading factory on the tiny island of Deshima is depicted so prominently, it is suspected that the screen was made for a Dutchman. One very special feature is the way in which Keiga employed different kinds of perspective, western ones too, in order to show as much of it as possible. It will be even more impressive once it has been restored.

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