Willem van Rede Fund

Oskar Kokoschka, Double portrait of Hans Mardersteig and Carl Georg Heise, 1919. Purchase: Fonds W. van Rede 1956

The Willem van Rede Fund has been an inspiring engine for the collection for many decades. Willem van Rede (1880-1935) stipulated that his capital, which he bequeathed to the State of the Netherlands, should be used to create a collection of contemporary art for the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, preferably spent on modern ‘foreign, most French art’.

The subsequent committees of the Willem van Rede Fund have not restricted themselves too literally to the aims laid down by the testator and have acted in the spirit of his will by adding to the collection of the contemporary art in our museum. An impressive number of acquisitions is the result, acquisitions that could never have been financed from the regular budget, and including works such as Oskar Kokoschka’s double portrait from 1919 and works by Richard Serra, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Duchamp, Herman Pitz, Fischli and Weiss, Francis Picabia, Hans Bellmer, Aernout Mik and many others.

Board Members

Mr. K.M.T. Ex, MA, chairman
Ms. G.J. Reurink, treasurer
Ms. A. Birnie
Ms. J. van Loon, MA
Mr. M.A. van Valen, MA
Mr. Prof. L.C. Winkel, PhD