In 2020, SBK, short for Stichting Beeldende Kunst (Foundation for Visual Arts), celebrates its 65 th anniversary, making it the oldest of its kind in the Netherlands. SBK has a vast and unique collection of modern art, consisting of original works of art reflecting the various movements and periods within the Dutch history of art, ranging from oil paintings from the 1950s to works by talented contemporary photographers. SBK stocks work by professional artists living and working in the Netherlands.
SBK was founded in 1955 by the Dutch artist Pieter Kooistra. His idealistic pursuit was to make art accessible to everyone. He used to ride through the neighbourhoods of Amsterdam on a delivery bike stacked with works of art from his friends to promote and spread around.
It still is SBK’s opinion that art does not always belong in a museum and that it ought to be an integral part of life, whether it be in one’s home, in public spaces or working environment.
SBK’s aim is to, on the one hand, offer individuals and companies the possibility to rent or purchase a variety of original contemporary works of art at reasonable and affordable rates and, on the other, to help artists secure an independent income.