Turner, Canova, Van Gogh, Degas, Mondriaan, Marc, Archipenko, Picabia, Pechstein, Chagall, Marini, Picasso – just some of the big names waiting to be discovered at the Museum de Fundatie. The museum's collection is home to some absolute masterpieces from across four centuries of art. Dirk Hannema (1895-1984), former director of Museum Boymans in Rotterdam brought the collection together. Hannema was a collector of the very best in international art, seeking out ‘anything and everything that would aesthetically fascinate’. With this unique collection as its base, De Fundatie presents a wide ranging and attractive programme of exhibitions, hosted in two superb locations: Kasteel het Nijenhuis in Heino/Wijhe and the museum in Zwolle, which was impressively expanded in 2013.
The Zwolle site was extended by one of the world’s most eye-catching museum expansions of the past few years. The former 'Palace of Justice’s' neo classicist portico was capped by an elliptical formed extension called ‘de Wolk’ (the cloud). The construction is clad with 55,000 white-blue tiles. There are two new exhibition halls in ‘de Wolk’, giving a joint floor surface of almost 1,000m2. It also houses the museum bar and features a huge window facilitating superb views out over the historic centre of the Hanseatic city of Zwolle.
Kasteel het Nijenhuis, Hannema's former home, is the museum's second site. The castle presents exhibitions and selections from the collection in an entirely different setting. The location is also encircled by an expansive sculpture garden, with space for almost 100 sculptures by renowned national and international artists. Both exhibition spaces together form an excellent backdrop for an exceptional collection, in which old, modern and contemporary art complement and strengthen each other in a truly fascinating juxtaposition.