Out of Office. Art in Business

This winter, for the first time, over 150 rarely seen highlights from the art collections of several major Dutch companies will exchange their familiar home on the office wall for a spot in the museum. Out of Office . Art in Bu siness , an exhibition organised by Singer Laren in collaboration with the Netherlands Association of Corporate Art Collections (VBCN), will offer a surprising overview of 75 years of Dutch art from corporate collections. From 11 December to 7 April this exhibition, featuring work by artists like Karel Appel, Marlene Dumas, Armando, Jan Schoonhoven and Folkert de Jong, will reveal some surprising connections between artists from different period and between the different collections.

Surprising encounters

Out of Office will showcase the multifaceted range of Dutch art from 1945 to the present that is held in corporate collections, tying in with the VBCN’s efforts to bring art treasures from its members’ collections to the general public. The exhibition will be based on a number of themes, grouping artworks from different periods and leading to some surprising artistic encounters. The theme of ‘Liberated’ will bring together Lucebert, Karel Appel and David Bade. Works by Carel Willink, Erwin Olaf and others will enter into a dialogue in the gallery devoted to the theme ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’. ‘Guilty’ will be the element connecting Pyke Koch, Armando and Ronald Ophuis. Portraits by Ina van Zyl, Marlene Dumas, Levi van Veluw, René Daniëls and many others will feature under the title ‘Ecce Homo’. Finally, ‘A New Skin’ will feature spectacular installations by artists like Folkert de Jong and Peter Struycken.

It is a delight to be able to bring together at Singer Laren the finest, most exciting and most intriguing Dutch artworks of the past 75 years from the rich collections of Dutch companies. ” Jan Rudolph de Lorm, Museum director of Singer Laren

Netherlands Association of Corporate Art Collections (VBCN)

The VBCN encourages artistic activity, and helps companies and public and semi-public institutions to develop the best possible policy for building their collections. The association initiates debate and research. It provides a forum where members can share expertise and work together to enhance the visibility and dynamism of their holdings, thus increasing its members' expertise and fostering a vibrant artistic and cultural climate in the Netherlands.


One of the museum’s garden galleries will concurrently host an installation by the winners of the third VBCN OPEN curators’ prize, Mels Evers & Hélène Webers. VBCN OPEN encourages young curators by giving them a platform and the opportunity to realise an exhibition concept, using both the art collections of its members and a production budget associated with the prize.


A catalogue with essays by Edo Dijksterhuis and Catharien Romijn will be published by Lecturis to coincide with the exhibition. The publication focuses on the history of the corporate collections and what the works mean to the companies. An audiotour of the exhibition will explore the same themes.