The AkzoNobel Art Foundation An introduction

Art reflects who we are — as a society, as individuals and as companies. It puts us in mind of our shared heritage, or forebodes our future.

This also applies to the AkzoNobel Art Foundation. Our international collection of contemporary art reflects both the journey the company has taken and the road that lies ahead.

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Imi Knoebel. London 2. 2010. Acrylic paint on plastic. 49,5 x 74 

The AkzoNobel Art Foundation: Our mission

At AkzoNobel, we put sustainability at the heart of what we do. Sustainability also encompasses the social and cultural aspects of the wider society that we are all a part of. The AkzoNobel art collection helps maintain and preserve our international cultural heritage for future generations.

We aim to create a stimulating working environment with our collection, one in which art and business are in dialog with each other. Like two communicating realms. The collection is a source of innovation and creative reflection. It’s also an expression of AkzoNobel corporate social and cultural responsibility.

The AkzoNobel Art Foundation: Our policy

Art is stimulation, innovation, communication and, above all, inspiration. These are the core values that the AkzoNobel Art Foundation believes in. They are values founded upon the autonomy of art and the values associated with AkzoNobel as a company. These values form the principles of our collection.

The AkzoNobel Art Foundation: Themes

The AkzoNobel Art Foundation collects thematic, international, contemporary art – art that reflects AkzoNobel’s worldwide operations – both by young talent and established artists. The key criterion for acquiring a work for our collection is its intrinsic qualities.

To make our collection more accessible and structured, the AkzoNobel Art Foundation uses themes, such as Color and Research, The Individual and Society, and Space. These themes are linked to each other by way of sub-themes, while they also overlap.