Commissioned: sixty years of the percentage for art programme (IN OPDRACHT: zestig jaar percentageregeling) presents an illustrated survey of more than 2,500 works of art commissioned between 1951-2011 by the Dutch Government buildings Agency. Artists include Marlene Dumas, Joseph Kosuth, Bik van der Pol, Jan Dibbits, Germaine Kruip, Monika Sosnowska, Simon Starling, and Spencer Finch. Government buildings encompass everything from courts of law, prisons, palaces, ministries and tax offices to monuments. The art works commissioned under the percentage for art programme deliver added value to the building and enhance the social role of the organisations. Be it a reflection on the utilitarian aspects of a space, a visual endeavour that contributes to the special ambiance of a building or depict a unifying theme that brings together a diverse range of users – these works of art transform the dry, abstract concept of “the Government” into a tangible entity, a feeling and convey a deeper meaning.
Commissioned contains a written contribution from Lloyd W. Benjamin III, whose essay reflects on the meaning of the percent for art programme from an international perspective. Wijnand Galema explores the history of the percent for art programme; Roos van Put writes about art in embassies. The editors selected 51 highlights, arranged by decade and discussed by authors such as Bregje van Woensel, Dick Tuinder and Maria Barnas. Commissioned provides a kaleidoscopic account of developments in the world of art and in society and explores how art sometimes anticipates social developments.
Symposium: Wednesday, 23 November between 3.30 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum), Amsterdam. To celebrate publication of the book Commissioned – 60 years of art commissioned by the Dutch Government Buildings Agency. Chaired by Lex ter Braak, director of the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, with talks by Nathan Coley; Barbara Goldstein, director of Public Art, San Jose; and Frits Scholten, senior curator of sculpture, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Further information and booking: http://www.rostra.nl/congress.asp?congress_id=371§ion=parallel
Publication: Commissioned. Published November 2011. 504 pp / 210 x 270 mm. ISBN 9789461051639. €49,50