The Rijksakademie’s unique art collection gives an overview of art education and artistic practice through the previous three centuries. It is one of the few well-preserved and relatively large academic art collections in the Netherlands.
The collection consists of (antiquarian) books, prints, print portfolios, drawings, paintings, plaster casts, objects, photographs, posters, medals, slides and digital images. The diversity of the collection makes it of great interest to current and previous resident artists.
The first works were purchased by artists connected to the Amsterdamse Stads Teekenacademie (ca. 1718-1820) after which the collection was expanded by the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (1820-1870) and subsequently by the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (from 1870). The art collections are added to annually with work by resident artists. Since 1998 the artists have donated a work that is representative of their residency period of two years at the Rijksakademie. Through these donations the artists become part of the future history of the Rijksakademie.
to see a selection of the contemporary art collection.
A part of the collection is managed by the Rijksakademie. This core collection includes around 15,000 antiquarian books, 20,000 prints, objects, photographs and paintings. Large parts of the collection are on loan to various museums and other institutions (Rijksmuseum/ Rijksprentenkabinet, Allard Pierson Museum, Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed, Amsterdam Museum). The core collection is open to the public and resident artists by appointment.
for some special pieces from the collection.