Our Founders and Partners
Long-term collaborations with our founders, partners and sponsors have enabled us to realise unique projects focused on preserving Vincent van Gogh’s legacy for future generations.
The Vincent van Gogh Foundation, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and the BankGiro Loterij are the Van Gogh Museum’s four founders and benefactors.
Vincent van Gogh Foundation
Vincent van Gogh Foundation The Vincent van Gogh Foundation owns the Van Gogh Museum collection and also contributes to various museum projects. For example, the foundation has contributed to research into the collection of 19th-century French prints, the publication of this print collection on the museum website and the acquisition of 91 prints by Camille Pissarro.
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance (SJNK)
Founded in 1888, Japan’s largest indemnity insurance firm expanded operations into Europe in 1995. Support from SJNK contributed to the realisation of our new Entrance Hall (designed by Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates) in September 2015.
Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
The Van Gogh Museum receives an annual subsidy from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
The BankGiro Loterij is the Netherlands’ leading cultural lottery, supporting good causes related to culture and the preservation of Dutch cultural heritage.
Since 1998, this lottery has made a substantial annual contribution to the acquisition of new works for our collection. The BankGiro Loterij also helped fund the construction of the new Entrance Hall.
In recent years, support from the BankGiro Loterij has also enabled us to enrich the collection with Vincent van Gogh's painting Peasant Burning Weeds in 2019, and works by artists including Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro and Edvard Munch in recent years.
Van Lanschot has been a main partner of the museum since the opening of the new entrance hall in 2015. The Brabant connection is one of the many common denominators shared by Van Lanschot and the Van Gogh Museum.
This collaboration has already secured two SponsorRing awards (in 2016 and 2018) in the Art & Culture category. Van Lanschot and the Van Gogh Museum both have a rich Dutch history and are both connected with the province of Brabant. We organise activities for Van Lanschot clients including special guided tours, workshops and unique events at the museum.
Karl Guha, Chair of the Van Lanschot Executive Board: ‘We feel great affinity with the mission of the Van Gogh Museum. Since its beginnings back in 1737, Van Lanschot has been closely involved with art and culture. As a collector, but also as an institution that supports initiatives of artists and museums. The Van Gogh Museum impressively caters to the needs of an international audience keen to get to know and admire the work of Vincent van Gogh. We are proud to contribute to helping them achieve this mission’.
On 2 July 2019, high-tech company ASML entered into a long-term partnership with the Van Gogh Museum, in which state-of-the-art technology and Van Gogh’s quest for colour and light will take centre stage.
‘Born and bred in Brabant, Vincent van Gogh was a rebel and a trailblazer’, says Peter Wennink, CEO and President of ASML. ‘He was inspired by light and it was key to his work, as it is to ours. This partnership provides us with the opportunity to help to preserve the heritage of Van Gogh in Amsterdam, and through this heritage, to share our expertise on light with a wide audience’.
As partners of the Van Gogh Museum, Takii Seed (Japan), Heineken (the Netherlands) and Hyundai (South Korea) are all dedicated supporters of the museum.
Innovative Japanese breeder Takii Seed cultivates the world’s leading cut sunflower variety, the Sunrich Orange F1. Considering the clear link with Sunflowers, one of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings, Takii Seed and the Van Gogh Museum were destined to collaborate.
In 2015, Heineken and the Van Gogh Museum – two iconic Dutch brands – joined forces to create the Sunflower Collection bottles. The museum is tremendously proud of this collaboration. After all, both brands appeal to a dynamic, passionate audience that enjoys life to the full.
Jean-François van Boxmeer, Chair of the Executive Board and CEO of Heineken: ‘As a partner of the Van Gogh Museum, we support the cultural heritage of Amsterdam, the home of our namesake beer. We are proud to associate our company and our brand with a museum that has become an international destination in its own right’.
Hyundai became a partner of the Van Gogh Museum in 2016. The partnership with the museum dovetails perfectly with Hyundai’s vision of introducing a wider audience to the beauty of art and design.
The collaboration with Hyundai facilitated the production of three important Korean translations: of the visitor information on the museum website, the museum map and the multimedia guide.
Hyundai also made several models of the electric Hyundai IONIQ available to the Van Gogh Museum for use as company cars. Hyundai drew inspiration from Van Gogh’s world-famous masterpieces Sunflowers and Irises to create specially-designed editions of the cars.
The partnership with the museum offers Hyundai an inspirational means of raising awareness of their electric models.
We are also very proud of our sponsors:
KLM greatly values its partnership with the Van Gogh Museum and is delighted to fly artworks and visitors to Amsterdam on their way to the museum.
Sharing knowledge and learning from each other by creating the best possible customer experience is highly valuable to both the museum and KLM. The Van Gogh Museum’s extensive hospitality services enable KLM staff, who are renowned for going the extra mile, to offer their customers a unique guided tour or workshop at the museum.
KLM and the Van Gogh Museum both benefit from the added value of joint ventures on social media. KLM is proud to be able to contribute to the conservation and enrichment of the world’s largest collection of paintings by Van Gogh.
If you would like to find out more about how your organisation can make an enduring contribution to preserving Vincent van Gogh’s legacy for future generations, please contact Urita Mual or Floor van Kollem.