BankGiro Lottery sponsors new purchases by Van Gogh Museum

7 February 2012

During the 2012 Goed Geld Gala on Monday 6 February, the BankGiro Lottery made its annual announcement of the amount that it will contribute to cultural institutions in the Netherlands, this year from its 2011 lottery revenue. The Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the Mauritshuis and the Kröller-Müller Museum will collectively receive 7.9 million euros. “A magnificent sum that will go to our budget for new acquisitions. We are incredibly happy with this funding,” said Axel Rüger, director of the Van Gogh Museum.

The funds will be reserved for purchases for the Van Gogh Museum's permanent collection. In 2011, the museum was able to acquire two works by Camille Pissarro (1831-1903): the painting The haymaking, Éragny (1887) and the gouache Cowgirl in morning sun (1887). As marvellous examples of Pointillism, they are both important additions to the collection.

Beneficiary since 1998
The Van Gogh Museum has been a beneficiary of the BankGiro Lottery since 1998. Financial support from the lottery is vital to the museum's acquisition efforts. “Our museum strives to make the life and work of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries accessible to a global community. In recent years, we have had the opportunity to invest in works that can transport our visitors back to the days of Van Gogh and his contemporaries, giving them fresh insight into Van Gogh's artistic context,” Rüger said.

On the BankGiro Lottery
The BankGiro Lottery is the Dutch national lottery for the culture sector. Thanks to its participants, it dispenses many tens of millions of euros a year to museums and other cultural institutions in the Netherlands.

The Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the Mauritshuis and the Kröller-Müller Museum collectively received 7.9 million euros from the BankGiro Lottery revenue 2011. Second from right: Axel Rüger, director Van Gogh Museum

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