The Bonnefantenmuseum combines, in a building by Aldo Rossi, private and public collections with both old master painting and sculpture as cutting edge contemporary art. Furthermore it hosts the so-called Rijksmuseum Maastricht and collections focused both on medieval applied arts (Neutelings) as on mainstream contemporary (Vandenhove).
It's aim is not to often the extremes, but to present them in their own right. Why not accept the differences? We keep them in the air, just as the juggler does with his skittles. Does the essence of magic not lie in the handling of abnormality and difference (risk), instead of normality and equal standards? Profile the eccentric location demands eccentric positions.
- to show international developments in contemporary art from 1980.
- to link the art of the Southern Netherlands until 1625 to that of South European cultural centres in Italy and France.
- to show work by artists from the region, the Netherlands and the Euregion in connection with international developments.
- there is a focus on individual oeuvres.
- there is emphasis on the spiritual wealth of art besides its aesthetic value.
- there is encouragement to form personal opinions.
- we are a museum 'with a view'.