The first small sculpture for the Beelden aan Zee collection was bought by the museum’s founders Theo and Lida Scholten. Currently, the collection now amounts to more than 1000 sculptures, roughly 1000 plaster models and several hundred medallions. The collection is very varied, from portraits to monumental, larger than life figures.
Since the museum’s beginnings the portrayal of mankind has been the leitmotiv, by which artists endeavour to unravel both man’s outward appearance and the human psyche. Mankind is the most multi-faceted subject conceivable; for countless centuries, artists and sculptors have used man as their central subject. In this, they have also used the widest range of materials, from bronze, stone and ceramics to polystyrene foam, plastic, glass, textiles and iron.
Included in the Beelden aan Zee collection are works from Armando, Atelier van Lieshout, Stephan Balkenhol, Zadok Ben-David, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Fernando Botero, Caspar Berger, César, Tom Claassen, Iris Le Rütte, Wessel Couzijn, Tony Cragg, Eugène Dodeigne, Jeroen Henneman, Per Kirkeby, Giacomo Manzú, Igor Mitoraj, Jan Meefout, Mimmo Paladino, Jaume Plensa, Thom Puckey, Kiki Smith, Marc Quinn, Johan Tahon, Shinkichi Tajiri, William Turnbull, Henk Visch and Ossip Zadkine.
Johan Cruijff, Queen Máxima, Wim Duisenberg, A.M. Hammacher, Benno Premsela and Wim Quist are some of the prominent examples of portraits included in museum Beelden aan Zee’s Portrait Gallery. Thanks to sponsors who are in a position to commission scupltors to create new portraits, the Portrait Gallery’s collection continues to grow.
Since 2007 Beelden aan Zee has had a Medallion and Print Gallery designed by interior architect Steven Baart, in which in temporary exhibitions attention is paid to the development of the modern sculptural medallion, sculptural drawings and photography in relation to the art of sculpture. This new exhibition space was made possible by the financial contributions made by Ida and Piet Sanders and Lideke and Frans Peese Binkhorst.