Start Plastics Project

Each collection of contemporary art and design objects, including the Rabo Art Collection, contains numerous artefacts made of plastic. To identify the material composition of the objects specialist knowledge is required. The Plastics Project aims to apply advanced research to this large group of objects, bringing together conservation scientists and no less than ten major museums and curators in the Netherlands.

The objective of the project is to improve the sustainability, visibility and accessibility of objects made of plastic. A representative part of the collections will be identified and registered in the museum information systems. Participants learn to identify plastics ‘on the job’ and when needed additional research will be carried out. By developing preventive measures in collaboration, plastic collections will be maintained in a proper way and knowledge will be secured within the organizations. 

In addition, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) will train two junior professionals who will become specialists in this field. The project starts on April 3, 2017 and runs until April 2019. It has kindly been supported by financial contributions from the Gieskes-Strijbis Fund and Mondriaan Fund.


The Plastics project is coordinated by the Foundation for Conservation of Contemporary Art (SBMK) and the Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS), a collaboration between the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, Rijksmuseum and the University of Amsterdam.

Partners in the project are: Bonnefantenmuseum, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Gemeentemuseum The Hague, Kröller-Müller Museum, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Schunck*, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Van Abbemuseum, Rabo Art Collection and Collections of the RCE. 

Picture recent purchase: Folkert de Jong | Last Boogie Woogie (Green, Blue, Pink, Orange) 2015 | Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam | 100 x 100 cm | Rabo Art Collection

More information on the Plastics Project: 


Rabo Art Collection

Postal Address UC 075
P.O. Box 17100
3500 HG Utrecht
The Netherlands