American Friends of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (NL) A Project of M | KBFUS Funds

A journey through art history

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is the only art museum in The Netherlands where visitors can travel through time, exploring art from the 14th century to the 21st. Its collection of paintings, sculptures and everyday objects provide a comprehensive survey of Western art history from Bosch, Rembrandt and CĂ©zanne to DalĂ­ and Dutch Design. Unique for a Dutch museum is its international focus, including works by American artists such as Warhol, Rothko, Basquiat and Serra. Approximately 25% of visitors, both in the museum and online, come from abroad.

Located in the heart of the city of Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands. The museum is internationally renowned for its collection of prints and drawings. Parallel to the permanent collection, we organize more than twenty five exhibitions each year; creating dialogues between what is old, what is new and what is now. In 2017 major exhibitions include an unprecedented overview of surrealist art, and an exposition of drawings by Richard Serra, who created a series of drawings inspired by Rotterdam, celebrating the special bond between the American artist and the industrious harbor city.

The world's first public art depot

Our museum has grown from the human desire to collect and share one's collection with others. As rich as our collection has grown, currently only 8% can be shown in the monumental museum building, the perennial problem of any museum. Inspired by the idea to share our collection with as many people as possible, we are breaking new ground by building the world's first and only public depot that allows visitors uncurated access to an entire collection. In 2020 Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen will open its doors right next to the museum.

More than an art storage, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, wants to allow visitors to go backstage, to peek behind the curtain and experience the care, detail and love that goes into the preservation of each piece for future generations. Visitors will be able to see works being restored from beginning to end, silverware being polished, and masterpieces being packed for transportation to exhibitions abroad.

Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is a unique example of public private partnership, having raised enough money to break ground in March 2017. To realize our plans for making the public experience unforgettable, we have embarked upon the greatest fundraising challenge in the museums history; a capital campaign. During this exciting period of creating the first-ever public depot, donors have the opportunity to make a memorable contribution to open up our entire collection, and for their campaign support to be memorialized in a lasting way.

Visualization of Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen

Join us

The museum owes its unique, multifaceted character to the generosity of private individuals and supportive businesses over the last 168 years. Over 1650 private individuals have donated works to our collection, and the museum is supported by circles of patrons who cherish the museum dearly. The restoration of masterpieces, educational programmes for children and elderly, groundbreaking purchases and the preservation of our 148,000 objects; all this is made possible by generous support of individuals.

Would you like to join us from overseas and support us in our mission to share art with as many people as possible, now and in the future?

To learn more about giving opportunities or actively participating in the Capital Campaign for Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, contact Minke van Hooff, Director of Development and the Museum Endowment.


Alternative ways to give:

For gifts by check: Write your check to KBFUS, write "American Friends of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen" in the memo section of the check, and send it to KBFUS, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020.

Gifts by wire transfer or to contribute other types of property: Email KBFUS at: or phone (212) 713 7660.