Top 10 on tour - Masterpieces acquired for the Netherlands thanks to the BankGiro Lottery

Rembrandt, Portret van een oude man, 1667. Mauritshuis, Den Haag. Olieverf op doek, 81,9 x 67,7 cm
Claude Monet, Molens bij Zaandam, 1871. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Olieverf op doek, 65.1cm x 90.7 x 10 cm (met lijst)
Jan Havicksz. Steen Adolf en Catharina Croeser, bekend als ‘De burgemeester van Delft en zijn dochter’, 1655 Olieverf op doek, 106 x 96 cm Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Pablo Picasso, Petite chouette, 1951-1953, Uiltje Gips, keramiek, metaal, schellak, 33,5 x 22,5 x 19 cm Collectie Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo / © Pablo Picasso c/o Pictoright Amsterdam 2017

Top 10 on tour Masterpieces acquired for the Netherlands thanks to the BankGiro Lottery

06/01/2018 - 28/01/2018
Curators: Diana Franssen, Steven ten Thije
On show at Van Abbe from January 2018

The exhibition Top Ten on Tour: Masterpieces acquired for the Netherlands thanks to the BankGiro Lottery will feature works by renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Appel, Steen, Monet, and Picasso – from the collections of Kröller-Müller Museum, Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Mauritshuis. All ten artworks are major acquisitions from the period 1999-2016 and were purchased thanks to the support from the participants of the BankGiro Lottery and other individuals, funds, businesses, and public money. A tour of outstanding examples of major acquisitions that were only made possible thanks to this financial support.

Visitors can look forward to an eclectic group of artworks. The selection includes seventeenth-century paintings such as the iconic Adolf and Catharina Croeser, Known as ‘The Burgomaster of Delft and his Daughter’ by Steen from the Rijksmuseum. The Mauritshuis will contribute View of Bentheim Castle by Jacob van Ruisdael and Portrait of an Old Man by Rembrandt. Later works such as the characteristic Windmills at Zaandam by Monet from the Van Gogh Museum, the sculpture Petite Chouette by Picasso from the Kröller-Müller Museum and The Square Man by Appel from the Rijksmuseum will also be part of the presentation.


The contemporary art collection of the Van Abbemuseum houses many treasures as well. We have selected 10 pearls for you, each with a link to the works from the exhibition Top 10 on tour. Discover them with the special do-it-yourself tour through our Collection Building.


From a number of artworks in the exhibition Top 10 on tour we made touch replicas for our blind and visually impaired visitors, as we believe should be accessible to everyone, regardless of any impairements. These replicas are of course also special if you can see.
In the month of January, the guided tours for people with disabilities will visit the Top 10 on tour exhibition:
MONDAY 08.01.2018: Unforgettable Van Abbe - for people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers;
SUNDAY 14.01.2018: For the blind and visually impaired


In January, the Children's Art Club will be dedicated to the Top 10 on tour. Together with other children you will first visit this exhibition and then get creative yourselves. You will discover that you can create a masterpiece yourself! Every week we will have a different theme.
SATURDAY 06.01, 13.01 & 27.01, 14.00 - 16.00, Children's Art Club.
SATURDAY 20.01, 14.00 - 16.00: Family Art Club - (grand) parents are welcome as well!


For this exhibition the normal entrance fees apply. All BankGiro Lottery participants with the VIP-card and Museumkaart holders have free entrance.

Pop-up Presentation

Top Ten Pieces on Tour: Masterpieces acquired for the Netherlands thanks to the BankGiro Lottery has the air of a pop-up exhibition; the artworks will travel to six different museums in the Netherlands and will be exhibited for three weeks at each venue. The presentation starts on 4 October at the Mauritshuis in The Hague and will then travel to the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, TwentseWelle at the Rijksmuseum Twenthe in Enschede, the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven and the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo. The tour will finish in March 2018 at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht. In this way, the Dutch public in six different provinces will be reached.

Vital Contribution for Museums

The financial support that museums receive from individuals for acquisitions is an uncelebrated yet essential fact. New additions ensure that collections keep developing, because even a single good work can breathe new life into a collection. Acquisitions also ensure that important artworks are cared for and remain visible to the Dutch public for the future. It is thanks to the generous support from the BankGiro Lottery participants (the cultural lottery of the Netherlands) and funds such as the Rembrandt Association, the VSBfonds, Friends Associations, and public funds through the Mondriaan Fund that museums in the Netherlands can keep purchasing important artworks.

Museums consider acquisitions carefully, and only purchase works that are rare, and therefore often expensive. When the opportunity arises for a purchase, we must react quickly and adequately, or we might miss an opportunity. The four museums, Kröller-Müller Museum, Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Mauritshuis receive a combined substantial annual amount of about € 7.5 million for purchases, thanks to the participants in the BankGiro Lottery. This contribution from the BankGiro Lottery is unique and of crucial importance. Not only does it offer a good basis to raise additional funds, but because the funds can be saved from year to year, museums can finance new purchases relatively quickly.

Top 10 on tour consists of :


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