Project based inventory and documentation of objects and stories
Realization of sustainable accommodation.
Improving quality and coherence of the collection
Increasing visibility of the collection and stimulating audience engagement.
Records in TMS32.435
Architectural drawings registered1.032
Records added to TMS1.405
Objects on loan35
New films added in TMS48
The HCF is looking into new locations for the storage of the art collection. Currently, the art collection is stored at the Heineken Netherlands head office building in Zoeterwoude.
Due to the restructuring and division of Heineken Netherlands into three separate entities, we need a new solution. The HCF is in consultation with Heineken Netherlands (Commerce) and facility partner ISS about possible future scenarios.
This is a ‘must see’ hotspot for corporate history in the Netherlands!
Ronald van der Heijden
During the appraisal of the collection in the summer of 2019, an original print of ‘Winter Vreugde op den Amstel’ by Tileman van den Horst (ca. 1730) was found in the Head Office in Amsterdam. Quite the surprise, because we were only aware of the existence of several copies until that moment.
A wonderful coloured drawing with a view of Maastricht by Han Jelinger, ca. 1950 was added to the collection. The drawing came from the former billiard room in the Heineken Brewery at Zoeterwoude.
The latest commercials from Brand, the Heineken UEFA Champions League and Formula 1 were added to our audio-visual collection, as well as the Heineken Festive 2019 campaign. The HCF also acquired all episodes of the historical video-series ‘Behind the Star’ from 2019, featuring collection manager Demelza van der Maas.
There were several special donations this year. From the family of Ton Albers, a designer at the Amstel Brewery in Amsterdam from 1956 until 1968, the Heineken Collection received a folder with beautiful designs for a calendar.
A bronze plaque with a portrait of Ir. Julius Theodoor Berkemeier, managing director of the Heineken Brewery at Rotterdam from 1914 to 1941, was found in a dumpster in Rotterdam. Subsequently, it was donated to the Heineken Collection. It was probably part of the Heineken office at the Crooswijkse Singel in Rotterdam, which was used until 1999.
A second portrait came from the inheritance of J.C.C. van Rijsinge, hotel and catering consultant at Heineken Rotterdam, who passed away in 1995. Piet Cottaar made this portrait of ‘Mr Smile’. The HCF already holds several works of Cottaar in its collection. The HCF was gifted a painting of a crushed Heineken can by Karel Mauer from 1979. It was a very special gift from Heineken Collection colleague Ron Kolle. Ron Kolle retired in June. Pallet factory Phoenix donated two Heineken printing plates from the 1960s. They were used for the printing of wooden pallets. Paper restorer Francien van Daalen restored the portrait of Mr Van Rijsinge by Piet Cottaar
The HCF purchased a large, hand painted Heineken billboard from the 1960s. The billboard was used in a local grocery store in the east of Amsterdam. Today it has a prominent position in the offices of the Heritage Quarter.
A second purchase was a Delft blue ashtray with the text ‘Greetings from Leo van Munching’. Van Munching was the exclusive sales- and distribution agent for Heineken in the USA from 1945 to 1995.
Active conservation and preservation
Silver restorer Michiel Langeveld cleaned the so-called ‘Kaiserbecher’ (1912). This ceremonial tankard was part of the Frankfurt Council’s silver and mr A.H. (Freddy) Heineken bought it in 1987.
To prevent the oxidation of the silver collection, we have decided to seal all the silver in the Heineken collection in plastic. The sealing device was tested in 2019, and we will continue this project in 2020.
The film ‘De Alkmaarsche kaasdragers bezoeken de bierbrouwerij “De gekroonde Valk” te Amsterdam’ from 1928 has been preserved on film. A Desmet color print was made from a 1991 negative as well as a new digital scan of the new print.
In 2019 the Heineken Collection team finalized writing the Collection Plan, which gives direction to the collection management for the coming years. This document is important for the professionalization of the way the HCF manages the Heineken collection.
Next to our collection profile and selection criteria for the acquisition of new collection items, it includes cleaning and safety procedures and guidelines for registration and documentation. We will update this document once every year.
Great to see how Heineken’s history is being cherished and wonderful to have contributed to the collection!
A. Doderer en T. Rozijn, 09-09-2019
In 2019, after the move of the Brand collection to Maastricht, the HCF has been working on restructuring the external depot where the collection is stored.
This includes unpacking objects, putting categories of objects together, changing the locations in the catalogue system TMS and deaccessioning objects after consulting our collection plan.
Because of this work, the collection has become more accessible. Part of the Brand collection can be seen in the brewery museum called “ ‘t Brandgeveul” and in the newly opened Proeflokaal next to the Brand brewery in Wylre.