Up until his death in 1891, control of the collection was in the hands of Vincent’s brother, Theo van Gogh. His widow, Jo van Gogh-Bonger, subsequently took over management of the collection. Following her death in 1925, her son, Vincent Willem van Gogh (‘the Engineer’), assumed responsibility for his uncle’s works.
In 1962, through the Kingdom of the Netherlands, he transferred control of the entire collection (the paintings, drawings and letters) to the Vincent van Gogh Foundation. In return, the State arranged for the Van Gogh Museum to be built, helping to ensure that the collection remains accessible to everyone, forever. After all, that was the express wish of Vincent Willem.
Do you feel a close connection to the life and work of Vincent van Gogh and to the Van Gogh Museum? Then you could consider including the museum in your will. By doing so, you will contribute to the management and conservation of our unique collection for future generations.
The Van Gogh Museum in your will
If you are considering including the Van Gogh Museum in your will, there are three primary options:
With a bequest, you appoint the Van Gogh Museum as a beneficiary. You would then leave (part of) your estate to the museum.
You can also include a legacy to the Van Gogh Museum in your will. A legacy means that the museum has the right to a certain amount of money or item of property from your estate.
If you wish to support a specific Van Gogh Museum objective – for example, education, training or research – you can also include your bequest or legacy in a designated fund in your will. You personally decide upon the name of the fund and the objective towards which the Van Gogh Museum is permitted to spend the bequeathed capital. A minimum amount of € 50,000 is required to establish a designated fund.
Offering your support in the form of a bequest or legacy is an extremely personal means of contributing to the Van Gogh Museum’s mission, and therefore also to our future.
If you would like additional information or advice regarding including the Van Gogh Museum in your will, you are naturally welcome to join us for an informal meeting. We would be happy to discuss your wishes and the various options with you.
For more information about gifts, bequests or a designated fund, please contact Marije van der Pas by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +31 (0)20) 5708769.