Supporting the future: the arts
At the Rijksmuseum, art and history take on new meaning for a broad-based, contemporary national and international audience. As a national institute, the Rijksmuseum offers a representative overview of Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages onwards, and of major aspects of European and Asian art. The Rijksmuseum keeps, manages, conserves, restores, researches, prepares, collects, publishes, and presents artistic and historical objects, both on its own premises and elsewhere.
As a top 10 contributor to the Rijksmuseum, The Bennink Foundation has committed to a longer term partnership with the Rijksmuseum. It includes the support of several activities, which are managed by the museum. In 2015, the Bennink Foundation began a 4-year sponsorship of a PhD student, working within the museum’s Conservation and Restoration department, who is studying the degradation of oil paintings. The study addresses an urgent concern regarding the conservation of the museum's valuable works. In 2017 two additional PhD sponsorships have been agreed to deep dive in the same area of research, focusing on the effect of cleaning solvents to paint components, and on gaining a deeper understanding of the migration of paint components through paint layers. It will be new in the field of cultural heritage to use 2D IR technology in this research.
Some of the research is done in collaboration with Ipanema, the renowned research center in France. The depth of research performed in these projects further establishes the Rijksmuseum as a global center of excellence in the area of Conservation and Restoration.