Skip to ContentSkip to Navigation
University museumPart of University of Groningen

University museum

University MuseumVisit

Art under the hammer at the University of Groningen

29 March 2017

17 April marks the start of an online auction of 360 works of art currently stored in the depot of the University of Groningen Museum. The art was produced decades ago under a government funding scheme for visual artists (BKR ) and fell into the hands of the University of Groningen. An online catalogue will be available at the site of Auction House Omnia, and the works of art themselves will be on display during a viewing weekend on 22 and 23 April. The auction closes at 8.30 p.m. on 24 April.

Online auction

For many decades, the government acquired all kinds of art under the BKR scheme . After compiling a detailed inventory of all the works of art a few years ago, the government transferred ownership of the pieces located at the University of Groningen to the University. Some of the work will be given to the Groninger Museum, but this still leaves 360 paintings in the depot of the University Museum. They will be auctioned online by Auction House Omnia from 17 April onwards. Starting on this date, interested parties will be able to see the art in an online catalogue on the Omnia website. A viewing weekend will be held on the Zernike Campus on 22 and 23 April. The auction closes at 8.30 p.m. on 24 April.

Art returned to the public

Rolf ter Sluis, curator of the University Museum: ‘This isn t the first national auction of art produced under the BKR scheme . I am pleased that attention is being focused on these works of art and that they are being returned to public ownership. Storing them in our depot is an expensive business that benefits nobody. People with a personal of professional interest in particular pieces will now be able to enjoy them in the way they were intended.’

More information

Last modified:22 May 2019 2.05 p.m.
printView this page in: Nederlands

More news

  • 20 September 2019

    Start of MOSAiC – the Greatest Arctic Research Expedition of All Time

    After a decade of preparations, it’s finally time: on the evening of 20 September the German icebreaker Polarstern departs from the Norwegian port of Tromsø. Escorted by the Russian icebreaker Akademik Fedorov, she will set sail for the Central Arctic...

  • 20 September 2019

    Imagining Science

    Noorderlicht and the University of Groningen (RUG) continue their collaboration in the ‘Imagining Science’ series. Each year they commission a photographer to depict a scientific research field in relation to the Noorderlicht festival-theme of the year...

  • 18 September 2019

    Sustainable banks augment the safety of the financial system

    Banks with a high sustainability score have a lower default risk. In addition, the most sustainable banks help to reduce the systemic risk of the financial system as a whole. These are the conclusions of Bert Scholtens, Professor of Sustainable Banking...