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Netherlands/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.1 Visual and applied arts

In the Netherlands, regulations and acts regarding the visual and applied arts are implemented by the specified public cultural funds. The Mondriaan Fund is the most important fund regarding visual and applied arts. The Fund awards grants in order to stimulate the interest in and the selling of visual and applied arts objects (see chapter 8.1.2).

The Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations has established a subsidy scheme which sets aside a certain percentage of the building costs for public buildings to be spent on purchases of art. Where building costs are between 1 and 7 million EUR, the budget for arts is 2% of total building costs; where building costs are between 7 and 10 million the budget for arts is 1% of the total costs plus 70 000 EUR. When the costs are more than 10 million, the arts budget amounts to 0.5% of the total costs plus 120 000 EUR. When the total building costs are less than 1 million EUR, there is no budget for art works. The initiative for this ministerial regulation was taken in 1951.

Chapter published: 15-03-2017

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