Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Justice, The Hague, 1996/2002
The Ministry of Justice in The Hague started purchasing works of art in 1996. An art committee, advised by Enterprise & Art, formulates their wishes and priorities. First of all, the lift halls in the twenty-storey high-rise of the Schedeldoekshaven in The Hague would each be provided with an original work on paper by as many Dutch artists.
When a renovation takes place in the corridor where the Minister and the highest officials sit, construction of a collection of small objects by a total of 43 Dutch artists will start. The starting point is the creation of a visually interesting and harmonious collection, in which various techniques and styles will be discussed. The collection, housed in seven built-in display cases, includes works of various materials, such as bronze, stone, ceramics, glass, wood and plastic. Furthermore, three paintings were purchased by renowned painters Jef Diederen and Ger Lataster.
In 2002 objects were purchased from Joost van Santen, Nicolas Dings and Janine Schimkat for the reception hall. Other departments of the Ministry of Justice have also been provided with graphics and paintings.