CODA ApeldoornEnglish Museum collection

The CODA Museum collection

CODA museum in Apeldoorn is a museum for contemporary art and regional history. As a museum for contemporary art we specialize in jewellery and paper art.

Since 2006 CODA has participated in Collectie Gelderland, formerly IGEM (Internet Gelderse Museums). This means that part of the museum collection is on view on the web at This website is an initiative of the foundation Gelders Erfgoed (Gelders Heritage). Museums in Gelderland can use the site as a platform to show (part of) their collections. Nowadays 25 museums participate and around 40,000 objects are on show.

The CODA Collection of contemporary and modern art

The basis of the CODA collection of contemporary art lies in the collection that, starting in 1978, was built up by the former Van Reekum Museum encompassing several fields of interest:  paintings, sculptures and graphic art of Dutch and international artists, a collection of ex libris and artist’s books, and a jewellery collection. The CODA museum has added to this varied collection, while at the same time focussing on two key areas: the visual arts where ‘paper’ plays the major role and contemporary jewellery design. The ‘paper’ collection has an added value because of the interest shown in this material by contemporary artists and designers. The collection of artist’s books comprises conceptual as well as free and applied art. A section ‘paper jewellery’ has been added to the collection of ‘artist’s jewellery’ and the range has been widened by the attention for ‘jewellery with a story’ and contemporary jewellery that puts forgotten traditions in a new light. Moreover, this collection now also comprises the archives of jewellery designers, such as those of Onno Boekhoudt, Chris Steenbergen and Nicolaas Thuys. 

Autonomous visual arts by among others: Cees Andriessen, Marjolijn van den Assem, Ad Dekkers, Paul Damsté, Theo Elfrink, Helen Frik, Klaas Gubbels, Claudie Hunzinger, Berend Hoekstra, Arno Kramer, Lucebert, Rineke Marsman, François Morellet, Henk Peeters, Raveel, Jan Schoonhoven, Peter Struycken, Bram van Velde, Carel Visser and the Zerogroep.

Artist’s books of: Karel Appel, John Baldessari, Stanley Brouwn, James Lee Byars, Ulises Carrion, Hanne Darboven, Jan Dibbets, Michael Gibbs, Krijn Giezen, Gilbert&George, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, On Kawara, Richard Long, Soll Lewitt, George Maciunas, Edward Ruscha, W.Sandberg, David Tremlett, Geert Voskamp, Emmett Williams and others.

The jewellery collection gives an overview from approximately 1960 up to now. The evolution from goldsmith to jewellery designer shows the development of the traditional ornament to modern design. Apart from Dutch jewellery, the collection documents experimental movements from abroad. Work by Emmy van Leersum, Gijs Bakker, Onno Boekhoudt, Françoise van den Bosch, Nicolaas van Beek, Marion Herbst, and Ruudt Peters is found next to the work of Caroline Broadhead and Dorothea Prühl. But young designers are closely followed as well, e.g. Gesine Hackenberg, Stephanie Jendis and Constanze Schreiber.
Apart from jewellery, the CODA museum collects, edits and opens up archives of jewellery designers in order to build up a knowledge centre on jewellery.

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