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18 Nov 2016 - 13:56 CET

Nederlands Fotomuseum

At the beginning of 2017, both NN Group and daughter company Nationale-Nederlanden become corporate partners of the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam, specifically to support the collection.


Nationale-Nederlanden and The Nederlands Fotomuseum are both closely connected to Dutch culture and society, in large part due to their rich histories in the Netherlands. This connection is also expressed Nationale-Nederlanden’s creative campaigns, which feature the uniqueness of each Dutch person, also revealed in their slogan ‘There is only one Dutch man or woman like you’. Also embedding itself further into Dutch cultures, The Nederlands Fotomuseum manages the collection of the most renowned Dutch photographers. With more than five million images on hand, Dutch history from 1900 until the present will soon be shown - everything from significant Dutch events throughout history to small, personal moments.  


Many of the exhibitions will feature renowned names from the Netherlands as well as the international photographic world (Ed van der Elsken, Nan Goldin, Lewis Hine, Alfredo Jaar, and Viviane Sassen for example). In addition, the museum continuously displays work from their own collection. As corporate partners of the museum collection, over the coming three years Nationale-Nederlanden and NN Group will support specific exhibitions and projects from this unique collection, which represent an important part of the visual heritage of the Netherlands.


NN Group, Nationale-Nederlanden, and the Nederlands Fotomuseum all have the ambitionto bring a broader public in touch with culture, and specifically with photography. At the beginning of 2017, a selection of the Historical-Dutch interior photos was used for a presentation in the Nationale-Nederlanden Café located in Rotterdam, in line with the corporate campaign.

Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. Foto Benno Thoma. Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. Foto Benno Thoma.


Supported projects

Lust for life, Ed van der Elsken

‘I celebrate life. I am not more complicated than that. I celebrate everything: love, courage, beauty, but also anger, blood, sweat and tears.’ – Ed van der Elsken

In 2016, NN Group supported the Nederlands Fotomuseum with the project EYE LOVE YOU, to preserve the work of the famous Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken. The largest photo restoration project ever undertaken in the Netherlands involved cleaning 45,000 colour slides and making them digitally accessible. To celebrate the project’s completion, the first exhibition dedicated to Van der Elsken’s colour photography will open this summer. Both his iconic pictures and never-before-seen works will be on show at the Nederlands Fotomuseum from 25 May until 6 October 2019.

Photographs by Van der Elsken will also be exhibited at the NN North Sea Jazz Festival.

(Photo: Ed van der Elsken jumps of his ‘mini Moke’ during filmrecording of ‘De verliefde camera’ , Edam, 1970 - Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken)

Portfolio day

Together with the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Nationale-Nederlanden is organising a meeting between photographers and professionals from the artworld at the Nationale-Nederlanden DE Café in Rotterdam, on Thursday, 16 May 2019.

Three professionals will advise the photographers on their portfolios: Narda van ‘t Veer (Founder The Ravestijn Gallery, Photography Agent), Rein Jelle Terpstra (visual artist) and Aisha Zeijpveld (photographer).

In a personal ten-minute session with one of the three professionals, the attendees will introduce their work and share their vision. Nationale-Nederlanden values the role of art and culture in society, and is proud to be Corporate Partner Collections of the Nederlands Fotomuseum.

Discover more on the website of the Nederlands Fotomuseum.

This is Cas | Vintage photography by Cas Oorthuys

15 September 2018 – 13 January 2019

Meet Cas Oorthuys in the Nederlands Fotomuseum: photographer, optimist, traveller and family man with a world-famous oeuvre. ‘This is Cas | Vintage photography by Cas Oorthuys’ is the first retrospective exhibition of his work. Cas Oorthuys (1908-1975) was always busy taking photographs; he never left the house without two or three cameras. He leaves us an archive of almost half a million photos. Cas Oorthuys determined the image of the Netherlands in the 20th century: a country of wind and water, impressive cloudy skies and an open, clear landscape. The complete archive of Cas Oorthuys is managed by the Nederlands Fotomuseum. The exhibition ‘This is Cas | Vintage photography by Cas Oorthuys’ is composed by the museum and is made possible by Nationale-Nederlanden.

(Photo: CAS-40019-10, Manokwari, West-Irian (1956) ©Cas Oorthuys / Nederlands Fotomuseum)

EYE LOVE YOU, Ed van der Elsken




In 2016 NN Group supported the famous Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken with his project EYE LOVE YOU. This was the largest photo restoration project ever undertaken in the Netherlands, which involved cleaning 45,000 colour slides and making them digitally accessible. The result of this unique project was shown, among others, in a traveling summer exhibition at the Parade festival in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht and The Hague.

(Photo: Beethovenstraat 1967 © Ed van der Elsken)