In celebration of Jaap Timmermans’ birthday, the museum showed a selection of the objects he and his partner donated to the museum. Over the past twenty years, their gifts have enriched the museum’s collection of contemporary design with hundreds of items, a selection of which is displayed in the circular gallery (gallery 40).
Sometimes you only realise what you have when it is gone. In the 1960s Jaap Timmermans and Joop Kalhorn sold a silver Art Deco coffee service at auction. When they got home they felt that the sale left them with a sense of emptiness rather than creating a refreshing space in their interior.
For the couple, the sale signalled the beginning of a new collection, with a focus on domestic silverware, in particular tableware and flatware. And not historical decorative arts, with which they had begun their collection, but contemporary design. Their criteria were that the objects they collected should be utilitarian and have a meaning or story attached to them. Over the years their interest broadened to include other contemporary interior objects, both functional and decorative.
The collectors came into contact with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in 1995. In subsequent years they made many gifts to the museum and in 2009 they established the Kalhorn/Timmermans Fund to finance acquisitions for the museum. Thanks to Jaap Timmermans and Joop Kalhorn, who died in 2009, the museum’s collection has been enriched by more than 120 remarkable pieces, a selection of which is displayed in this gallery.