The AkzoNobel Art Foundation opened its new art space in Amsterdam on January 28. Known as the Essential Art Space, it will be open daily on workdays, from 10:00 to 17:00.According to Hester Alberdingk Thijm, the Director of the Foundation,
“It’s not a conventional exhibition space, but a flexible and dynamic art and meeting arena, It has been specifically designed to attract people to come inside and to facilitate their meeting one another in among the works of art. Openings create exciting sight-lines through the different art spaces, but the atmosphere remains intimate. The dynamic open space enables us to exhibit our collection of international contemporary art, which we have built up over the last twenty years.”
By placing part of its collection in the exhibition space, the Foundation’s collection is more readily available for viewing by the public. Most corporate collections are only available for viewing and this new space is now providing a meeting place for colleagues, customers and art lovers, for the people of Amsterdam, and for visitors from other parts of the Netherlands and even from other countries.
The space was designed by Tom Postma Design, who is well known for special exhibition concepts in Art Basel and TEFAF; in association with the building’s architect, Folkert van Hagen of GROUP A.
Essential Art Space is located at : Christian Neefestraat 2, 1077 WW Amsterdam on the ground floor of the AkzoNobel Center.
Additional information about the Foundation collection is available in the International Directory of Corporate Art Collections, and on the Foundation website: http://www.artfoundation.akzonobel.com/en