Lionel Gallery starts art museum in Villa Alsberg museum square
Cobraspen Real Estate rents the monumental Villa Alsberg in Amsterdam to Lionel Gallery. The new tenant will open an art museum in the 1245 square meter building. The villa is located in one of the most desirable locations in Amsterdam: Museumplein (Museum Square).
Kim Loghies of Lionel Gallery and partner Lionel already had their eyes on the monumental villa 10 years ago: “The location of the villa is phenomenal. Right next to the Van Gogh Museum and with a view of the Rijksmuseum. It is a big dream of us to involve this location. We have looked at other buildings, but this location was never far from our minds. Inside it is very warm and intimate and it gives an authentic insight into how the people used to live. The combination of art and restoration on the basis of original construction drawings, make this building a gift to visit. We hope to meet new people at this location who inspire new projects.”
The new museum will be named the Moco Modern Contemporary Museum and will be officially opened on 9 April. It houses, among others, works by Banksy and Andy Warhol. “We rotate the collection every so often. We also hope to attract other great artists from abroad, who still have to break through in terms of name recognition. The American artist KAWS (Brian Donnelly) is a good example of this.”
Restoration Villa Alsberg
Cobraspen Real Estate bought Villa Alsberg in 2007 as an advocate of monument conservation and, after intensive restoration work, transformed the building into a prestigious office villa. No expense was spared during the restoration. Cobraspen kept the original building drawings of Cuypers during the restoration and also used the photographs from the Amsterdam City Archives as guidance. For the villa, over three hundred stained glass panels have been reproduced and restored on the basis of the original photographic material. The original murals were also manually restored during the restoration.
Luigi Prins, founder & president of the Cobraspen Group: “We have restored the building to its original state with great dedication. Because of the environment we found a museum function more appropriate than an office destination. Villa Alsberg is located in an environment known as the Mecca of Culture. It comes fully into its own in this way.”
The iconic villa Museumplein
Villa Alsberg was designed by architect Eduard Cuypers in 1904 and is named after the founder of the bank and securities company Alsberg, Goldberg & Co, Siegmund Alsberg. He had the building built at the beginning of the twentieth century. The villa in English country style consists of five floors and at the beginning of this century it acquired the status of a national monument. It was one of the first inhabited buildings on the square. The widow of Alsberg presumably lived in the villa until her death in 1939.
Cuypers was the cousin of the famous architect Pierre Cuypers, who designed, among other things, the Central Station and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The building stands out because it has a more frivolous character than most banker villas around museum square. Moreover, the villa defines the square.