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Keith Edmier; Victoria Regia; collection AkzoNobel Art Foundation (photo)

Keith Edmier; Victoria Regia;
collection AkzoNobel Art Foundation.

AkzoNobel’s forward-looking business attitude is well-defined by the title of this 2008 Report: Delivering Tomorrow’s Answers Today. This anticipating attitude has been visualized in our contemporary art collection ever since the AkzoNobel Art Foundation was founded in 1995.

During the past year, several noteworthy, promising artists have also been discovered, with some of their work now part of the collection. Our Art Foundation activities also encompass several art-related events, such as public exhibitions, guided tours of the collection, art offers for employees and educational visits to contemporary art fairs.

Art researches the development of society and indicates societal change. This has long been recognized and can be seen in the work of, for example, Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso. Their search for new ways of seeing, as well as their critical approach towards society, has delivered revolutionary answers for developments in modern history.

In AkzoNobel’s art collection, one keeps finding proof of art’s potential for delivering Tomorrow’s Answers Today. So when the Art Foundation acquired his life-size sculpture Victoria Regia in 1998, Keith Edmier was still a young talent. Museum directors immediately considered the piece (pictured) an intriguing sculpture, appealing to the fairy tale fantasy world.

More importantly though, they foretold that sculpture would be irrevocably influenced by this art work, completely made of innovative synthetic material. Since then, the gigantic water lily has figured in major exhibitions at the Tate Gallery in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Victoria Regia has become a valued and popular sculpture and Keith Edmier is now a renowned artist and artistic forerunner in delivering innovation.

Looking at art from this perspective, it clearly contributes to the anticipating and innovating spirit of a multinational corporation, not only offering numerous opportunities to question, but also creating an open spirit helping to find and deliver Tomorrow’s Answers Today.

Because art is also recognized as preceding science when it comes to innovation, a healthy bond between AkzoNobel and its art collection is only logical. Furthermore, because artists are not tied to boundaries, researching and creating in complete, independent freedom, they have the unique opportunity to discover new techniques and material. Cooperation with leading-edge product developers is common practice, as they share the same inspiration and creative thinking.

One of the goals for the art collection is to visualize the shared interest between AkzoNobel’s businesses and art at large, stimulating the unity in creative thinking while relentlessly anticipating social developments.

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