ING Collection Belgium
It was in the early 1960s that Baron Léon Lambert, the chairman of what was then known as Bank Lambert, started to collect art. The young international banker developed a passion for contemporary art and started to buy artworks from the Pop Art, Op Art, Colourfield Painting, Action Painting and Abstract Expressionist movements. Around the same time, Louis Camus, chairman of the Bank of Brussels, established a purchasing committee to acquire works of art by young Belgian artists.
In 1976, the two banks merged to become Bank Brussels Lambert (BBL). The building on Marnix Avenue, which was designed by world-famous American architect Gordon Bunshaft of the SOM group, was extended in 1991. This was the inspiration that drove the development of an acquisition policy for the former BBL art collection.
ING Belgium aims to build an international art collection characterised by diversity and relevancy. Clearly, since the bank has been collecting for some time now, it has acquired works that represent the major artistic movements of the late 20th century such as Neo-Expressionism, (including the Neue Wilde, the Italian Transavantgarde …), Arte Povera, New British Sculpture, New Objectivity in Germany, with works by Helmut Middendorf, Mimmo Paladino, Sandro Chia, Georg Baselitz, Markus Lüpertz, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Giuseppe Penone, Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Antony Gormley, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth….
With an eye for authentic talent and the diversity of contemporary trends, the collection was expanded to include the work of leading established international artists such as Christian Boltanski, Matthias Weischer, Michaël Borremans, William Kentridge, Michel François, Dan Graham, Mona Hatoum and emerging artists such as Anja Schrey, Sandra Vasquez della Hora, Jessica Backhaus, Elly Strik.