6 February 2013
Yesterday it was announced the BankGiro Loterij will be contributing € 4.5 million to the creation of a new entrance building.
‘The Van Gogh Museum has long cherished the vision of creating a new entrance building on Museumplein. The preparations, including fundraising, are now in full swing. With this generous contribution from the BankGiro Loterij, we are well on the way to making the new entrance building a reality’, said Axel Rüger, Director of the Van Gogh Museum.
In addition, the Van Gogh Museum, together with the Rijksmuseum, the Mauritshuis and the Kröller-Müller Museum, has been allocated the splendid contribution of € 7,903,961 by the BankGiro Loterij. ‘A magnificent donation, which we shall be spending entirely on new acquisitions for the museum. We are really delighted with this’, said Axel Rüger. This sum is reserved for acquisitions for the permanent collection of the Van Gogh Museum. In 2012, the museum was able to make purchases – partly thanks to the financial support of the BankGiro Loterij – such as the major acquisition Pollard willow (1882) by Vincent van Gogh.
BankGiro Loterij and Van Gogh Museum The Van Gogh Museum has been a beneficiary of the BankGiro Loterij since 1998. The BankGiro Loterij is the cultural lottery of the Netherlands. Thanks to all those who take part, it pays out tens of millions of euros to museums and other cultural institutions in the Netherlands every year. For the Van Gogh Museum, the financial support of the BankGiro Loterij is essential to implementing its acquisitions policy. The Van Gogh Museum had submitted a separate request for support to the BankGiro Loterij in connection with the planned new entrance building.
The work on the new Museumplein entrance will be supervised, when the time comes, by the Government Buildings Agency. The current renovation of the building at Museumplein is proceeding well on schedule. The Van Gogh Collection is currently on display at the Hermitage Amsterdam. It can be viewed there up to and including 25 April. On 1 May 2013 the Van Gogh Museum will be reopening at Museumplein with its special anniversary exhibition Van Gogh at Work.