11 February 2015
As has been a long-standing tradition, the BankGiro Lottery announced the amount of money that it is donating to support culture in the Netherlands during the Goed Geld Gala 2015 on Tuesday 10 February last.
The Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Mauritshuis and Kröller-Müller Museum together received a sum of 7,476,313 million euros.
Axel Rüger, Director of the Van Gogh Museum: “The extremely generous contribution of the BankGiro Lottery enables the Van Gogh Museum to secure substantial acquisitions that meet the standards of our collection."
Rodin and Denis acquisitions
Thanks to the BankGiro Lottery, the Van Gogh Museum was capable of enhancing its collection with works by, among others, Maurice Denis (1870-1943) and Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), two important nineteenth-century artists.
Supported by the BankGiro Lottery, the museum was capable of buying the painting The Supper at Emmaus and the bronze sculpture Celle qui fut la belle heaulmière by Rodin, both purchased at TEFAF Maastricht in 2013 and 2014 respectively. In addition to supporting acquisitions, the BankGiro Lottery also contributed 4.5 million euros to the new entrance building of the Van Gogh Museum. The festive opening of the entrance building will take place during the second week of September.
Van Gogh Museum
The BankGiro Lottery is the lottery for culture in the Netherlands. Because of its millions of participants, the BankGiro Lottery donates tens of millions of Euros to museums and other cultural organizations in the Netherlands every year.
The Van Gogh Museum has the largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh worldwide: more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings and more than 750 letters. Masterpieces, such as The Potato Eaters, The Yellow House, The Sower, Sunflowers and The Bedroom, are a few examples of the internationally familiar paintings exhibited in the museum. The museum also houses special temporary exhibitions regularly. For instance, Friday 25 September will see the opening of the Munch : Van Gogh exhibition that will run until 17 January 2016.