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KBFUS ART

Giving artworks and collections to museums abroad

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Donating art is a philanthropic tradition dating back centuries. And today, the passion among donors for passing on beloved artworks and sharing them with broader audiences is as intense as ever. However, while charitable contributions of art can be highly rewarding, they also pose unique challenges, especially when they involve an art institution overseas.

Working with KBFUS, you will gain a knowledgeable partner to navigate the cultural, legal and tax complexities involved in donating art overseas. Through KBFUS ART, we receive artworks and collections from U.S. donors, and place them in museums and other cultural institutions all across Europe and Africa. We can work with an institution that you have a close affinity with, or identify an appropriate location in the country of your choice.

KBFUS ART operates under the guidance of our Art Advisory Committee. With their support, we make sure that donated artworks are displayed in the best possible environment, used in temporary exhibitions or made available for research, according to the donor’s wishes and instructions.

Over the past 3 years, we have facilitated gifts for the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels, the University of Bologna, and the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, to name a few examples. As for gifts of cash, since KBFUS is a Section 501(c)(3) public charity, donors may claim the maximum tax benefits allowed by U.S. tax law for contributions of artworks.

Read more about Donating Artworks through KBFUS ART – Brief Overview of How it Works

Read more about Gifts of Artworks – Important Tax Considerations

Any further questions? Please contact us at info@kbfus.org or (212) 713-7660.

 

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KBFUS INSIGHT: A unique library finds a new home in the center of medieval France

 

“Professor Constable’s donation of his library of medieval books is an immense gift that serves the City of Cluny and the research community. It’s almost a match made in heaven.”

Anna Swinbourne, independent art historian, former painting and sculpture curator at MoMA – NY

 

“The Rijksmuseum received an 18th century portrait from the collection of Andreas van Braam Houckgeest, a Dutch-American merchant and ambassador to the Chinese emperor. We are grateful to KBFUS for making this gift possible.”

Erik van Ginkel, Director of Finance & Operations at the Rijksmuseum (Netherlands)

 

“Art should be shared with others. As a lifelong collector, I think of myself as a ‘temporary owner’. I was delighted to donate five paintings to KBFUS. They can now be admired at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts and at Beaux-Arts Mons in Belgium.”

Stéphane Janssen, art collector (Arizona, USA and Brussels, Belgium)

 

“I have known KBFUS for over ten years. They do excellent work and their network among European museums and cultural institutions is truly impressive.”

Adam D. Weinberg, Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art – NY