All Eyes on AkzoNobel Art Foundation’s 25th anniversary

AkzoNobel’s Art Foundation has been collecting art for more than 25 years, underlining the company’s dedication to supporting culture and the arts. This called for a special celebration during 2021 with the opening of the All Eyes jubilee exhibition at the company’s head office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Wall inside the AkzoNobel Art Foundation (photo)

The exhibition showcases works from past and present and offers a contemporary look at the world around us, with new and experienced talent hanging side by side. The works on display unfold to present a diverse spectrum of images and stories, constantly giving rise to new connections.

All Eyes shares a compelling mix of styles, including special treasures from the collection, works of art fresh from the studio and early acquisitions that proudly justify their position as milestones in the changing spirit of the age.

“Since the AkzoNobel Art Foundation was established in 1995, our aim has been to acquire works that reflect the world as we experience it,” says Hester Alberdingk Thijm, Director of AkzoNobel’s Art Foundation (pictured below). “We look for artists who are questioning and transforming our global society. All Eyes is the culmination of more than 25 years of powerful images and stories.”

Three People at the AkzoNobel Art Foundation (photo)
Artwork saying "What If Women Ruled The World" (photo)
Look into the AkzoNobel Art Foundation (photo)

Artists on display include Otobong Nkanga, Remy Jungerman, Melanie Bonajo, Afra Eisma, Ger van Elk, Susan Hiller, Louise Giovanelli, Yael Bartana, Emma Talbot, Roger Hiorns and Jan Andriesse.

In line with AkzoNobel’s proud heritage, color, innovation and technology are among the main collecting themes. “The AkzoNobel Art Foundation is generally regarded as being one of the most progressive corporate collections in Europe – partly because it has always regarded diversity as an important principle,” adds Thierry Vanlancker, AkzoNobel CEO and Chair of the AkzoNobel Art Foundation. “Out of more than 1,800 artworks, half have been created by women and many are by non-Western artists. With this new exhibition, we’re proud to celebrate that diversity and the pioneering spirit we share in art, science and business.”

The All Eyes exhibition was opened by Rein Wolfs, Director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (pictured below on the left along with Hester Alberdingk Thijm and Thierry Vanlancker).