The Van Gogh Museum is managed by Axel Rüger, Adriaan Dönszelmann and the Supervisory Board.
Van Gogh Museum Foundation
The Van Gogh Museum Foundation operates through a Board, consisting of the Director (Axel Rüger) and the Managing Director (Adriaan Dönszelmann), and a Supervisory Board. The Director chairs the Board, which administers the Foundation and is responsible for its day-to-day operations. The Board’s duties also include the implementation of programmes and activities. Everything the Board does is in keeping with the Foundation’s mission.
Axel Rüger – Director
Axel Rüger became the Van Gogh Museum’s Director in April 2006. He is in charge of Quality & Business Control, the Project Office, and Museum Affairs (Art, Collection Management, Registration, Library & Documentation, and Outreach).
Axel Rüger studied Art History at the Freie Universität in Berlin and then at Cambridge, before receiving his PhD at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
He worked at a number of museums in Atlanta, Detroit and Washington until 1999, when he was appointed Curator of Dutch Paintings (1600–1800) at the National Gallery in London. Axel Rüger curated two international exhibitions during his time in London:
- 'Vermeer and the Delft School' (2001), in collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
- ‘Aelbert Cuyp’ (2002), with the National Gallery of Art in Washington
He contributed essays to the catalogues for these exhibitions, and has published and lectured widely on seventeenth-century Dutch art.
Axel Rüger was selected in 2004 to take part in the Clore Leadership Programme – a high-level initiative of the Clore Duffield Foundation in the UK, which focuses on the development of leadership in the cultural sector.
- Member of the Board of the Praemium Erasmianum
- Member of the TEFAF Showcase Selection Committee
- Member of the Apeldoorn Conference Steering Group
- Member of the Board of Kunsten ’92
- Member of the Vincent van Gogh Artistic Council Foundation, Arles
Adriaan Dönszelmann – Managing Director
Adriaan Dönszelmann joined the Van Gogh Museum on 1 July 2011 as Operations Manager. He was appointed Managing Director two years later. Adriaan is responsible for the Staff Office, Operations (ICT, P&O, Financial Affairs, Security, Facilities) and Public Affairs (Marketing, Communication, Publications, Fundraising and VGME B.V.)
Adriaan Dönszelmann (1972) received his Master’s in Town and Landscape Planning at Amsterdam University in 1997. After graduating, he spent just over ten years in a series of (financial) executive posts at Unisys, Logica, Telfort/British Telecom and Deloitte.
He moved over to the cultural sector in 2009, when he became Operational Manager at the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam. Adriaan was jointly responsible there for rationalizing the museum’s commercial operations. He was also closely involved in its takeover of the management of the Portuguese Synagogue, and in the integration of the Jewish Historical Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue and the Hollandsche Schouwburg as a single enterprise.
Willem van Gogh – Advisor to the Board
Vincent Willem van Gogh (1953) is the great-grandson of Theo van Gogh, the artist’s brother. Having made his career as a lawyer, Willem van Gogh joined the Van Gogh Museum in 1999. He was initially responsible for the museum’s shops, before becoming Advisor to the Board in 2009. In his current role, Willem van Gogh works as an ambassador to expand and strengthen the museum’s network.
Eva Schieveld – Secretary to the Board and Head of the Staff Office
Eva Schieveld (1978) earned her Master’s in Cultural Heritage Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She spent several years working for clients in the cultural sector, including the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, the City of Amsterdam, the Asscher Culture Cluster and the Netherlands Institute in Turkey. Until recently, Eva taught weekly morning workshops on ‘Culture & Law’ at the University of Amsterdam (Faculty of General Cultural Studies). Since 2011, she has provided the Director and Managing Director with policy and legal support.