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Named funds & house foundations

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is supported by house foundations and foundations in the name of generous individuals. These foundations help the museum to achieve ambitious projects, each from its own preferences or convictions.

The house foundations are managed by their own boards and have ANBI status. Would you like to establish a foundation in your name? If so, please contact us and we will be happy to advise you.

Named funds

  • The Kalhorn/Timmermans fonds
    Jaap Timmermans’ great passion was silver. In 2009 he established a foundation together with his partner, Joop Kalhorn, to enable the museum to acquire silver and contemporary design. For Jaap Timmermans, an important impetus for establishing a foundation in his own name was that he wanted to leave something tangible behind:
    I have no children, so I’m glad that I can use my estate for the things that I find beautiful and important. Art is the oxygen that keeps us alive. We can’t live without it.
    Thanks to the Kalhorn/Timmermans fonds, the museum will be able to enrich its collection of silver and international contemporary design for many years to come. The foundation is managed by the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Foundation.
  • Nedspice Restauratiefonds
    In 2014 ‘The Three Marys at the Tomb’ by van Jan van Eyck was restored thanks to the support of the Nedspice Restoration Fund. Since then, each year the foundation facilitates a restoration in order to give an artwork a second life.


  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Foundation 
    The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Foundation was founded in 1939 by shipping magnates Daniël George van Beuningen and Willem van der Vorm in partnership with the museum’s then director Dirk Hannema. Since then, the foundation has supported the museum in enriching the collection and realising important exhibitions. Thanks in large part to gifts from individuals, the foundation owns 8 per cent of the museum’s collection, including masterpieces by Charley Toorop, Basquiat, Rembrandt and Dalí. The foundation has also helped the museum to acquire important works. Recent acquisitions made possible by the foundation include ‘Le Mirior Vivant’ by René Magritte, ‘Femme à la voilette’ by Medardo Rosso and ‘Der Astronom (Zyklus Arbeit)’ by Arthur Segal. The foundation also plays an important role in recruiting members for the Boijmans Business Club and Boijmans Corporate Members. These networks help to facilitate special exhibitions, such as ‘Mad About Surrealism’ in 2017.
  • Han Nefkens Fashion on the Edge
    Collector and patron Han Nefkens has worked closely with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen since 2005. Among the works he has acquired for the museum are ‘Let Your Hair Down’ by Pipilotti Rist, ‘Apollo’ by Olaf Nicolai and ‘Notion Motion’ by Olafur Eliasson. Nefkens also funds the Han Nefkens Fashion on the Edge programme, which stimulates experimental developments in fashion. The biennial Han Nefkens Fashion Award is worth €25,000, of which €15.000 is intended for the production of a new work to be presented at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
  • Stichting Fonds Willem van Rede 
    Willem van Rede (1880-1953) stipulated that his estate, which he bequeathed to the Dutch state, should be used to establish a collection of contemporary art for Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, preferably comprising modern ‘foreign, mostly French art’. The foundation has enabled the museum to acquire contemporary artworks that could not have been financed from the museum’s regular budget, such as Oskar Kokoschka’s double portrait from 1919 and works by Richard Serra, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte, Herman Pitz, Fischli and Weiss, Francis Picabia, Hans Bellmer and Aernout Mik.
  • Stichting Van Beuningen/Peterich-Fonds
    Peter Paul Peterich (1933-2000), son of painter Lucas Peterich and grandson of the collector Daniël George van Beuningen, was surrounded by art from a young age. He studied art history and, in 1965 together with his mother, Flora van Beuningen, he founded the Stichting Van Beuningen-Peterich Foundations to support visual art and drawing in particular. Between 1965 and 1973 the foundation acquired a hundred drawings for Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Following Peterich’s death in 2000, his bequest breathed new life into the foundation. Since then, the museum has received an annual budget for the acquisition of contemporary art, with a focus on drawings. The purchases are made upon the museum’s initiative and are the property of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Foundation. In 2016, the foundation enabled the museum to purchase twelve drawings by Martin Assig, two drawings by Koen Taselaar (‘House Plant Composition II’ and ‘Centrepiece’), and a work by Mai van Oers (‘At the Back of Beyond’).
  • Lucas van Leyden Foundation 
    Johan Bierens de Haan (1867-1951) began collecting prints while still a student. He amassed a collection that was always intended to be donated to Museum Boymans (as the museum was called at the time) and actively focussed on filling gaps in the museum’s collection. In 1951, he bequeathed 26,000 prints to the museum and established the Lucas van Leyden Foundation, which provides an annual budget for expanding the print collection. The foundation is managed by the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Foundation. Since its establishment, the foundation has enabled the museum to acquire more than ten thousand prints.
  • Willem van der Vorm Foundation  
    Shipping magnate and collector Willem van der Vorm (1873-1957) was one of Museum Boymans’ most loyal patrons and was closely involved in the establishment of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Foundation. During the first meeting of the foundation in 1939, he gave the museum one of Gerard Dou’s finest paintings, ‘The Quack’. In 1972 the Willem van der Vorm Foundation decided to give his collection on long-term loan to the museum. Since then, the collection with paintings by Gerard ter Borch, Gabriel Metsu and Anthony van Dyck, has ben expanded with several works, including the extraordinary ‘Tour de César’ by Paul Cézanne.