The Rijksmuseum has received funding from the BankGiro Lottery since 1998. Every year, the Lottery provides funds for new acquisitions.
The BankGiro Lottery is the Netherlands’ lottery of culture. More than 700,000 Dutch people play the lottery on a regular basis. By playing, they support all forms of culture in the Netherlands: from the preservation of windmills, to concerts, festivals and museums. And they can win fabulous prizes. The BankGiro Lottery was able to contribute more than 64 million euros to culture in the Netherlands in 2011. Half of that amount goes to organizations like the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation and the DOEN Foundation, which in turn provide support to the performing arts, visual arts, festivals, concerts and cultural projects. The other half goes to museums, windmills and monuments. Recipients include the Rijksmuseum, the Dutch Windmill Society and the Fries Museum.
Special projects: Rijksstudio and sculpture exhibitions
The Rijksmuseum has received funding from the BankGiro Lottery since 1998. Every year, the Lottery provides funds for new acquisitions. This contribution is essential to help the Rijksmuseum continue to expand the Dutch collection by adding masterpieces and to help it retain its status as one of the world’s top museums.
In addition to support for acquisitions and for the major renovation of the building, the museum also received a contribution for ‘extra projects’ in 2011 and 2012. The 2011 project, entitled Rijksstudio, involved digitizing the collection for this website.
In 2012 the contribution was allocated to the upcoming series of sculpture exhibitions on the museum grounds. The new Rijksmuseum gardens will be an urban oasis in Amsterdam, a pavilion where everyone may enjoy spectacular sculpture in a beautiful garden, free of charge.