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Otobong Nkanga, Shaping Memory, 2012. © Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Collector’s Item at Centraal Museum Utrecht

The contemporary art collection of Pieter and Marieke Sanders, 14 November 2020 - 7 March 2021

With the participation of Kunstmuseum Den Haag, the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Teylers Museum, an exhibition of 70 contemporary art pieces from the Pieter and Marieke Sanders collection will open at Centraal Museum on 14 November. These works are part of a gift and conveyance of no less than 250 works to the Dutch State. To celebrate this conveyance, these five museums are presenting the collection as a whole for the last time, in the exhibition titled Collector’s Item. Each museum will be assigned a gallery in which to mount its own part of the exhibition. Visitors can count on encountering contemporary artists such as Marlene Dumas, Jan Hoek, Klaas Kloosterboer, Folkert de Jong and Gluklya. About the Sanders collection

Pieter and Marieke Sanders began to collect contemporary art by both young and upcoming and more established artists, both domestically and internationally, in the early 1970s. Their collection therefore forms a splendid reflection of the art made during the past few decades, as curated by Dutch museum-level galleries. Their collection comprises paintings, drawings, sculptures, small objects, installations, video work and artist’s books.The collection mainly consists of early work by artists such as Marlene Dumas, Babs Haenen, Hans Wilschut, Navid Nuur, Monali Meher, Driessens & Verstappen, Otobong Nkanga, Hannah van Bart, Katja Mater and many more.

Photo Koos Breukel

Pieter Sanders (1938-2018)

Pieter Sanders died on 1 July 2018 at the age of 80 in his hometown Haarlem. See the IN MEMORIAM on the website of the Stedelijk Museum (Dutch only)

Article in Frame Magazine #110

Within Reach

Marieke Sanders and her husband don't treat their design collection as untouchable art. Each and every item is put to use. Read the whole article here

Haarlemse Lente – Edition 5 Jubilee Lines

Haarlemse Lente (Haarlem Spring) is a contemporary art festival taking place throughout the city of Haarlem each year in spring. This year, with more than 12 participating institutions and artist collaboratives, we are celebrating our 5th anniversary. Over the course of a long weekend from March 18-20, the city will be filled with openings, exhibitions and additional activities, celebrating the flourishing art scene of Haarlem. The theme of this year's edition is 'the line'. In their exhibition space Pakhuisje Hal 88 Pieter and Marieke Sanders present two installations by the artists Germaine Kruip and Gluklya, and works on paper by artists from their collection. For the program see www.haarlemselente.nl

Addition: Pieter and Marieke Sanders Exhibition Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Sep 18, 2015 – Jan 3, 2016 A selection of works from the gift of Pieter and Marieke Sanders presented in dialog with the collection of the Stedelijk.

Read more on the Stedelijk website

Pieter and Marieke Sanders listed in the 2015 ARTnews 200 Top Collectors

The 25th annual ARTnews Top 200 Collectors list is out, and it is full of new and familiar names alike. The list is based on confidential interviews with art professionals from around the world and on research by experienced ARTnews correspondents. See who's on this year's list on the website of ARTnews

Fun fact about the collection of Pieter and Marieke Sanders: 'At the Sanders residence, their art is part of the family. They share every meal, for example, with a large sculpture made of wood, iron, and steel named “Schlemiel”—a figure seated on old barrels by Uwe Henneken—which is installed in their dining room.'

Haarlemse Lente – Edition 4 Bourgeois Rebellion

13–15 March, 2015 Haarlemse Lente (Haarlem Spring) is a contemporary art festival taking place throughout the city of Haarlem each year in spring. During this weekend, the city will be filled with openings, exhibitions and additional activities, celebrating the flourishing art scene of Haarlem. This year's edition of the festival marks the start of the Netherlands-Flanders Year. Therefore the participating institutions stress their special relationships and collaborations with Flemish institutions. On this occasion Pieter and Marieke Sanders show works by young Dutch and Flemish artists from their collection in the exhibition space Pakhuisje Hal 88.

Encounters – Exhibition Landgoed Anningahof

July 12–Sep 6, 2014 Guest curators Pieter and Marieke Sanders curated the exhibition Encounters with works by Inti Hernandez and Martin Brandsma in the Aaltje Snijdershal of the Estate Anningahof.

Yael Bartana, My sister Eva, 2004

Gift Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

To celebrate the reopening of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and to commemorate the tenure of director Ann Goldstein, Pieter and Marieke Sanders are making a major donation to the museum of 120 works by 92 artists, among others, Marijke van Warmerdam, Ryan Gander, Navid Nuur, Ger van Elk and Yael Bartana. In agreement with the collectors, the curators of the Stedelijk made a selection of works from the collection. The donated works contribute significantly to the Stedelijk’s holdings, both building upon the representation of the work of artists already present in the museum’s collection, and in many cases, also adding the first work by an artist. The gift includes photography, paintings, sculpture, video art and works on paper.

Read the press release on the museum's website.

Met andere ogen – Exhibition Teylers Museum

January 19–May 20, 2012 To celebrate the long friendship between the Teylers Museum and Marieke and Pieter Sanders the Museum's gallery of prints presented a selection of drawings from the Sanderses private collection in dialog with works on paper from the museum's collection. In bringing together these two very different collections new connections were made between older and newer works. Works by current artists, such as Marc Mulders, Jonathan Callan and Marcel van Eeden were shown alongside works by Rembrandt van Rijn and eighteenth-century Dutch artists Wybrand Hendriks and Dirk Langendijk.

Highlighted – Exhibition Nieuw Dakota

Sep 4–Oct 31, 2010 The exhibition Highlighted shows a selection of contemporary Finnish photography from the collection of the Dutch collectors Pieter and Marieke Sanders. For the first time at Nieuw Dakota a private collection is ‘highlighted’ in an exhibition. Highlighted is curated by Maarten Bertheux.

With works by: IIkka Halso, Nanna Hänninen, Ari Kakkinen, Sandra Kantanen, Aino Kannisto, Pertti Kekarainen, Ola Kolehmainen, Anni Leppälä, Pekka Luuukkola, Susanna Majuri, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Riitta Päiväläinen, Mikko Sinervo, Santeri Tuori, Miklos Gaál and Pilvi Takala.

Read the press release

Photographer: Jan van Esch

Gift The Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency

In 2009 Pieter and Marieke Sanders gifted 94 works of art to The Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage (ICN). This institute, currently known as The Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE), manages the State art collection. In agreement with the collectors, the ICN made a selection of works from the collection. The paintings and objects signify an important contribution to the modern and contemporary art collection of the ICN. The gift includes works from artists such as Rudi van de Wint, Emo Verkerk, Piet Tuijtel, Arie Berkulin, Fons Brasser, Carel Visser, Auke de Vries and many others.

You can access all the gifted artworks on the website Collectie Nederland.

Loan Reinoud van Vught to the Museum De Pont

Pieter and Marieke Sanders lend works of art from their collection upon request to qualified institutions in the Netherlands and abroad. In 2007, for example, they have lent a work by Reinoud van Vught to Museum De Pont in Tilburg on the occasion of an exhibition about the artist which run from September 8 2007 until January 6 2008.