ING Collection The Netherlands
Francien Krieg - Frozen
Facts and figures
- 10,000 high quality works of art
- Displayed at 800 office locations worldwide
- Admired by 45,000 employees in the Netherlands
- Focus on Dutch contemporary and figurative art
- Realism, Impressionism and Expressionism
- Disciplines: painting, sculpture, drawing, architecture, photography, glass and graphic art
- More than 250 works of art a year on loan to leading national and international museums
- Three national/international exhibitions a year
ING collects art to make art and culture accessible to a broad audience. One important underlying goal of the ING Collection in the Netherlands is to create a stimulating working environment where employees can easily spend significant periods of time in the same room. It is therefore important for that space to be as invigorating and conducive to creative thinking as possible. That is why the ING Collection in the Netherlands gives employees the opportunity to select a work of art from the collection to hang in their own work space.
Furthermore, ING Art Management aims in the Netherlands to be the pre-eminent platform for sharing expertise about contemporary art with the focus on the figurative tradition. The department is a centre of excellence; its creative strength is deployable and visible throughout the entire company.
ING Art Management is responsible for ING Bank's art and culture policy and for keeping and curating the ING Collection. The ING Collection is one of the oldest and most extensive corporate collections in the Netherlands.
ING has been collecting art since 1974 according to a well-defined policy: works of art by Dutch contemporary artists working in the figurative tradition. In all those years, ING has built up a collection which provides a representative survey of the trends in expressionistic, impressionistic and realistic Dutch figurative art. The aim is to present a consistent collection with as much cohesion among individual artists and groups of artists as possible. The focus is on high quality and innovative works of art. Rather than collecting art as an investment, ING gives art a good home. Art is always present in the background at ING.
It was back in 1974 that what was once NMB Bank began collecting art. Three years later, a collecting policy was developed with the emphasis firmly on Dutch figurative art from the 20th century, now extended to include the 21st century. After NMB’s merger with first Postbank and then Nationale-Nederlanden, two further significant collections were integrated into what would become the ING Collection in the Netherlands.
The collecting policy pursued by Postbank and insurance company Nationale-Nederlanden differed from NMB’s policy. While NMB focused on figurative art, the collecting policy of the other two companies was aimed towards photography and abstract work by artists such as Ger Dekkers, Peter Struycken and Joost Baljeu.
Since 2003, both collections have been presented alongside the Dutch figurative works. Since the separation of the Bank and Insurance in 2011, their collections are presented separately. The collecting policy for the ING Bank Collection in the Netherlands has remained Dutch contemporary art, with the emphasis on the figurative tradition.
- Figurative art. ING has been pursuing its own figurative art policy since 1974. It does not conform to what is 'in' or 'out' in the art world. This assures ING of a unique collection with its own special contours.
- All ING staff may select a work of art for at their desk
- Exhibitions in national and international museums
- ING Art Management Services. Private banking and Commercial Banking customers can benefit from the 37 years of experience built up by the Art Management department.
- ING Real Photography Award. In 2007, ING launched the biggest award for photography in the world.
- Donations. In 2010, ING donated 273 works of art by 51 different artists to the Drents Museum in Assen and more than 2,000 works of art to 61 different healthcare providers in the Netherlands.
- Art in the Interest Points Shop. Since 2011, Art Management offers art for sale in ING's Interest Points Shop.
- Art Management in the social media