With its impressive collection of more than 5,000,000 photos, the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam is the leading national museum of photography in the Netherlands. The museum shows every facet of photography: documentary and experimental, contemporary and historical. In addition to exhibitions of major names in Dutch and international photography, the museum regularly presents work from its in-house collection. The collection comprises an important part of the Netherlands’ visual heritage.
Nederlands Fotomuseum puts on roughly ten exhibtions every year. These alternate between historical and present-day photography and between Dutch and international work. From time to time the museum has also shows of installation art in which photography or film play a role.
Since het museum’s founding in 2003, the work of world-famous photographers such as Nan Goldin, Lewis Hine, Alfredo Jaar and Viviane Sassen has been presented in major exhibitions. In addition the Nederlands Fotomuseum concerns itself with young, emerging photographers. This can be seen in the annual Steenbergen Stipendium awards and the Quickscan NL exhibitions.
The museum regularly draws on its own productions. Here the museum collection forms a source of inspiration and study, leading to fascinating exhibitions and publications. Exhibitions also regularly come about in collaboration with foreign partners such as BOZAR (Brussels), Le Bal (Paris), MAPFRE (Madrid) and Victoria and Albert Museum (London).