Starting point for the logo is the sculpture that was especially commissioned by Jan Starke from Truus Naus.
By far most works of art, especially those from the 19th and early 20th century, were made for the private home. The walls of the drawing room, dining room or study, even the bed room and the corridor became the support for the collector’s passion of the lord or lady of the house. Although artists often exhibited away from their studio, the majority of the paintings, drawings, and prints were definitely destined for the private market.
Most visitors to art collections have become accustomed to the museum-space. Brightly, conveniently arranged rooms, properly lit walls, compact information, and an almost sacred atmosphere determine – under the supervision of the custodian – the way in which people started addressing art.
Art-shops and galleries often started, in imitation of the ‘big brother’, to display their collection in a museum-like manner, both on the premises and at the (international) art fairs. Paintings and drawings, temporarily on display, waiting to be taken home by an enthusiastic admirer.
‘Huis voor de Kunst’ ,first and foremost, wants to be that home. A place for paintings to come home to, a place for collectors and interested parties to gather and look at and talk about a collection that has been raised with so much passion throughout a period of over thirty years. Point of departure is a dialogue, with art as intermediary between people.
Therefore we are looking forward to meeting a very diverse audience, varying from an individual enthusiast, collector, or potential buyer to a company, organisation, or for example a class from the local grammar-school.
‘Huis voor de Kunst’ (House for the Arts) wants to be a normal house with extraordinary contents. Extraordinary because of the collection and because of the facilities we can offer to a discriminative audience who’s wishes may exceed the mere looking at art.
Drs. Jaap Nijstad, MA