There are no fewer than 406 of them: benefactors who have given the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp an important boost through donation or bequest. Since the museum's foundation, art-loving benefactors have built up the collection and the future of the KMSKA.
Out of love for the arts
That is what motivates every patron. Only thanks to the art-loving benefactors of the past can the KMSKA be so inspiring in the present. This fine tradition is alive and well. For even today, the KMSKA regularly receives gifts, donations and bequests from individuals with a soft spot for the arts, for our collection and our museum.
This patronage takes many forms. Together with us, you help us to realise our plans and dreams. Thanks to your generosity, we are able to set up impressive projects, restore works, carry out pioneering art research, develop educational programmes, optimise our public outreach, etc.
Donate to the KMSKA
The KMSKA also initiates many artistic projects. Just like our works of art, these take many forms. As a patron, you can commit to a specific project that is perfectly suited to your specific interests. Or one that is aimed at a target group for which you have a great affinity.
How does it work?
You select a specific project that is in the pipeline at the KMSKA. Together we then work out an approach. This is how we arrive at a tailor-made sponsorship.
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Donations of art works
Fouquet's Madonna, the great highlights of our Ensor collection, the public favourites from the Wouters Ensemble... what do they have in common? The KMSKA acquired them through donations. Without benefactors, the KMSKA collection would be considerably smaller. No fewer than 2.000 works were acquired through donation or bequest.
Do you wish to donate a work of art?
Would you like to live an artistic afterlife? It is a beautiful way to be remembered eternally. Consider Florent van Ertborn (1784-1840). No one bequeathed as many works of art to the museum as he did. Ever since, many collectors have followed in Florent's footsteps and donated important works to the museum. Collector François Franck left us several Ensors, Ludo van Bogaert ensured that the KMSKA today possesses the most representative ensemble by Rik Wouters in the world.
Even today, we still regularly receive bequests or legacies from people who are fond of the museum and our collection. Thanks to these contributions, it is possible to carry out research, produce publications, carry out restorations, organise exhibitions or expand our collection with new works of art.
Would you like to bequeath a legacy?
Would you like to include the KMSKA in your will? In this way, your love for the arts will live on. For generations. Moreover, in doing so you decide where (part of) your assets go after your departure.
How do you bequeath a legacy?
A bequest can be made via a will that you have drawn up officially through a notary/lawyer. In your will, you name the KMSKA as your beneficiary. The bequest can consist of a sum of money, real estate, movable assets (e.g. an art collection or works of art), or a securities portfolio. In your communication with a notary/lawyer, you can provide the following administrative information:
vzw Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen
company number: 0725 891 877
registered office at Plaatsnijdersstraat 2, 2000 Antwerp
account number: BE97 375 111 760 449
Every donation to KMSKA makes a real difference
Small or large. With the funds we receive, we can make our collection even more beautiful and set up new educational programmes. Together!
The proof? With the donations we received in 2020, we are restoring several important works. ‘Light’ by Jules Schmalzigaug was restored and now glows as bright as ever. Thanks to an extensive restoration financed by a patron. As a result of the restoration, the painting is once again gaining power. A new layer of varnish provides extra protection and makes the colours stand out even more.
Located at the top of the entrance stairway to the museum is perhaps the finest art mosaic in the country. The Mosaico di Due mosaic studio laid a 76 m2 puzzle of 480,000 tesserae, based on a design by artist Marie Zolamian. The bequest of art aficionado and friend of the museum Richard Vander Linden provided the necessary funds to create this unique art mosaic.