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 national cultural lottery of the Netherlands. Its more than 600,000 participants have the chance to win prizes while supporting all forms of culture in Netherlands – from windmills to concerts and from festivals to museums. Thanks to their participation, the BankGiro Lottery was able to contribute more than € 62 million to culture in the Netherlands. Half of this total will be donated to organizations such as the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Stichting DOEN, which in turn provide support to the performing arts, visual arts, festivals, cultural projects and concerts. The other half will go to museums, windmills and historic buildings, including the Rijksmuseum, Vereniging de Hollandsche Molen and the Fries Museum.
Every child to see the Night Watch
The Rijksmuseum is immensely pleased to have received a donation in the amount of € 7,652,575 – to be shared with the Van Gogh Museum, the Maurtishuis and the Kröller-Müller Museum – from the BankGiro Lottery in 2014 for the purpose of museum acquisitions. This year the Rijksmuseum will also receive a sum of € 980,437 in earmarked donations over 2013, which will enable the continuation of the Rijksmuseum bus service. This contribution from the BankGiro Lottery will therefore make it possible to continue fulfilling the stated ambition ‘to send all children to see the Night Watch before their 12th year!’ This scheme has been set up because not all schools have the resources to achieve this on their own.
“Two organizations with the same mission. We are proud to be a partner of the Rijksmuseum.”
According to Wim Pijbes, ‘Without the BankGiro Lottery, Dutch museums would be not be able to take part in the international art market. Nor would we be able to succeed in our mission to ensure the museum is accessible for everyone and for all ages'.
The BankGiro Lottery supports the Rijksmuseum
The cheques were presented to the Rijksmuseum during the lottery's annual charity gala (Goed Geld Gala) in the Nieuwe Kerk church in Amsterdam, where the museum was also presented with a cheque to supplement its acquisitions budget. In 2013, the Rijksmuseum was able to purchase works including Landscape with an Episode from the Conquest of America by Jan Mostaert and a rare Japanese lacquer cabinet thanks in part to support from the BankGiro Loterij. In recent years, this funding has also made it possible for the Rijksmuseum to provide worldwide access to high-resolution image material via its Rijksstudio and to organize an annual international sculpture exhibition in the Rijksmuseum gardens.