Prints were the great passion of Leiden-based surgeon and collector, Johan Bierens de Haan. In 1951, he bequeathed 23,000 prints to the museum plus a capital sum that was used to establish the Lucas van Leyden Foundation. Since then, the interest from this legacy has enabled the museum to purchase more than 10,000 prints. Together with the prints that Bierens de Haan bequeathed to the museum, including ‘The Hare Hunt’ by Pieter Bruegel, they form an important part of the museum’s collection of works on paper.
Bequests are of great value to the museum. They give us the opportunity to acquire a unique artwork, to restore a damaged work, to develop a programme for children or to carry out scholarly research.
Since the establishment of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in 1849, the museum has been able to honour many individuals by collecting, restoring, programming and researching in their name.
If you decide to include Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in your will, you can do this in one of three ways: Testamentary disposition:
- the museum is appointed an heir and receives a portion of your estate.
- Bequest: you bequeath an object or sum of money to the museum.
- Giving during your lifetime, with usufruct: you give (part of) your estate to the museum, in return for an annual payout (usufruct).
In 2006, Mrs N.C. van Riemsdijk-Borsje made a generous bequest to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen with instructions for the funds to be spent on classical paintings and crystal. Ten years later, her bequest is still facilitating exhibitions and acquisitions, such as the purchase of ‘Opening Silence’ from 1913 by Piet Ouborg.