Joop van Caldenborgh has been hunting contemporary art for 50 years and has bagged major works by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Anselm Kiefer, Yayoi Kusama, Dan Graham, and Ai Weiwei, to name just a very few. The sculpture garden of his Caldic Collection in Wassenaar, the Netherlands, includes some 60 modern and contemporary works, and is open to the public by reservation. In 2016, the Museum Voorlinden opened nearby in Wassenaar, displaying around 500 pieces from van Caldenborgh’s collection. It was designed by the Dutch firm Kraaijvanger Architects; the director of the museum is Suzanne Swarts. (Wim Pijbes, the former director of the Rijksmuseum, initially led the museum, but he quit just three weeks after it opened.) “This newly built museum is surrounded by a landscape of dunes and meadows near the sea,” a representative of the collection told ARTnews in 2016. “Besides a collection presentation the museum will also present a program of temporary exhibitions.”

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Joop van Caldenborgh

Wassenaar, the Netherlands

Source of wealth:
Chemical industry (Caldic)

Collecting area:
Modern and contemporary art, including sculpture, photography, artists’ books, video, and installations

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Fun fact:

The first work that van Caldenborgh acquired was by Peter Struycken. “I paid about 25 guilders, or $11,” he told the New York Times in 2014.