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 contains more than 5000 sculptures, roughly 1000 plaster models and 500 medallions. The collection is varied, from portraits to abstract forms to monumental, larger than life figures.
Since the museum’s beginnings, the portrayal of mankind has been the leitmotiv by which artists endeavor 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. They have used every material imaginable, from bronze, stone and ceramics to polystyrene foam, plastic, glass, textiles and iron, to better explore the subject material.
Included in the museum 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.