New acquisitions

until Jan 5, 2025

New acquisitions

Collecting for our city

The exhibition New Acquisitions – Collecting for Our City gives a behind-the-scenes look at the museum. Since 1903, a collection has been growing that reflects Breda's art and history. The museum collects art and objects with a story, that fit the current times, or Breda's heritage. We carefully consider whether an acquisition fits into the collection using criteria such as artistic value, historical significance, and physical condition. Some new acquisitions immediately find a place in the museum. Other acquisitions end up in the depot to be researched or restored.

In New Acquisitions, you will discover artworks and objects from various periods and styles. Check out the very first photo taken in Breda! A portrait of a deceased woman from 1844, which we acquired thanks to a vigilant private individual. Discover the work of Marenne Welten, created especially for an exhibition House of Men about the past of our museum building as an old men's home. Sometimes we make a surprising find, such as the colorful wall tapestry by Will Vaes at a local thrift store. At an Italian auction, we purchased a large work by Matteus Verheyden, who painted portraits of influential citizens of Breda in the 18th century.

We showcase this selection from our new acquisitions because we collect for our city. This way, future generations can continue to experience how Breda has developed and find inspiration for the future.


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