Emotional vulnerability, a search for personal identity and physical change are all key characteristics of adolescence. Contemporary photographers like Paul Graham, Rineke Dijkstra, Thomas Struth and Thomas Ruff create portraits that attempt to convey the transition to adulthood. In the 1990s, they captured the euphoria of adolescents at the end of an era. The End of an Age in the Vincent Award Room features a selection of their images.
De Monique Zajfen Collection is a contemporary art collection belonging to the Broere Charitable Foundation. It contains work by top contemporary artists like Marlene Dumas, Luc Tuymans, Thomas Schütte and Stephan Balkenhol. The basis of the collection consists of acquisitions of work by winners of the Vincent Award, a biennial prize for European contemporary art. Launched by the Broere Charitable Foundation in 2000, the Vincent Award was established in memory of Monique Zajfen, a beloved friend of the Broere family and former holder of Galerie 121 in Antwerp. It was her commitment to and passion for contemporary art that inspired the Broere Charitable Foundation to institute the award and to seek to encourage artistic talent in Europe.
Since 2014, the Monique Zajfen Collection has been on long-term loan to the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. The museum holds twice-yearly exhibitions featuring items from the Monique Zajfen collection together with works from its own holdings. These exhibitions are held in the Gemeentemuseum’s dedicated Vincent Award Room.