Governance and policy



Mr Benno Tempel (managing director)
Mr Hans Buurman (deputy director)

Management team

Mr Doede Hardeman (head of collections) 
Mr Daniel Koep (head of exhibitions)
Ms Jet van Overeem (head of education)
Ms Irma Benliyan (head of marketing and communication)
Ms Lisa Kölker (head of partnerships and events)
Mr Martin Hazenbroek (head of finance)
Ms Irena Szarzynski (head of human resources)

For information on the directors’ and senior management’s outside activities, see the link below.

Under the Top Incomes (Standardisation) Act (Wet normering topinkomens), the income and severance packages of top officials at public service institutions must be standardised and made public. For information on the income of the directors and senior management at Kunstmuseum Den Haag, see the link below.

Supervisory Board

Kunstmuseum Den Haag is structured on the supervisory board model. Stichting Kunstmuseum Den Haag’s Supervisory Board consists of the following members:

Professor C.N. Teulings (chair)
Mr C.J. van den Driest
Ms Y. van Rooy
Mr H.W. Breukink
Ms M van Vroonhoven
Mr M. Essafi

For information on the Supervisory Board’s outside activities, see the link below.

Cultural Governance Code

Kunstmuseum Den Haag subscribes to the Cultural Government Code. The museum operates on the Supervisory Board model. Its expert, highly committed Supervisory Board has a retirement schedule. The Board met four times in 2018 and five times in 2019. The museum has a managing director and a commercial director, and can rely on a management team. The gross salaries of the directors and senior management fall below the standardised rate in the Top Incomes (Standardisation) Act (Wet normering topinkomens). The outside activities of the directors and senior management do not conflict with the interests of the organisation or of the public.


Kunstmuseum Den Haag wants everyone – visitors, artists, staff and partners – to feel welcome at the museum. The museum therefore has a policy on diversity and inclusion. Although we regard all aspects of diversity as important, we have a particular focus on cultural diversity. This particular dimension requires extra attention in The Hague, the city that is our home and the context in which we operate. We strive to work on diversity according to the revised Cultural Diversity Code. For instance, the museum makes active efforts to show and acquire the work of female artists and artists from the immigrant community. In 2021-2024 we will be focusing in particular on makers from the Islamic world, in connection with our existing collection of Islamic art. In 2009 we launched the Stad naar het Museum project (whereby residents of different neighbourhoods are invited to visit the museum for free and participate in special activities), which the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has designated a best practice in the application of the Cultural Diversity Code. The marketing department aims to work with as many different suppliers as possible, which enhances the diversity and creativity of the museum. In recruiting and selecting staff, we apply the Rooney Rule. More details on our diversity and inclusion policy can be found in our multi-year plan for 2021-2024, which can be downloaded at the bottom of the page. 

Fair Practice Code

Kunstmuseum Den Haag endorses the Fair Practice Code. Our staff and interns receive fair pay, in accordance with the museum sector’s collective labour agreement. We remunerate the artists with whom we collaborate on the basis of the guidelines pertaining to artists’ fees. Artists may, in consultation, opt either for remuneration under the guidelines, or for some other form of remuneration, if they so desire. Our freelancers are also paid the going market rate. We respect copyright and take great care when publishing photographs of artworks and captions. We work with Pictoright NL on matters relating to copyright. The museum also makes every effort to ensure its staff have a pleasant working environment. We make constant efforts to ensure our staff remain employable and that we have an inclusive workplace. They also have access to an external confidential counsellor and an occupational health specialist.

Multi-year policy plan

Every four years Kunstmuseum Den Haag presents its multi-year policy on exhibitions, the collection, education and operations in its multi-year policy plan. The plan also provides the basis for The Hague City Council’s four-year Arts Plan Grant.

Multi-year policy plan 2021-2024 (Dutch only)

Annual reports (Dutch only)

Annual report 2018
Annual report 2017

For previous annual reports, please contact

The Hague museum sector’s vision for museums

The directors of the museums in The Hague have set out their vision for the city’s museums in a document entitled ‘Museum van de stad. Stad van musea. Naar een Den Haag dat zijn musea maximaal inzet’ (‘Museum of the City, City of Museums. Towards a city that gets the most out of its museums’). The goal is to make a constructive contribution to the cultural policy debate in The Hague and to demonstrate and present arguments in support of museums’ economic and social impact on the city. You can download the document at the bottom of the page (in Dutch only).

Smarter Loans

Kunstmuseum Den Haag endorses the Dutch Museum Association’s principles for museum lending within the Netherlands. Read these principles in the PDF below.


Nevenactiviteiten directie en managementteam (NED) d.d. 18-12-2020.pdf


Outside activities directors and management Kunstmuseum Den Haag d.d. 18-12-2020.pdf


Nevenactiviteiten Raad van Toezicht Stichting Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.pdf


Outside activities of the Supervisory Board of Kunstmuseum Den Haag (Dec 2019).docx


Museum van de stad. Stad van musea. Museumvisie Directeuren Haagse musea.pdf


Wet normering topinkomens 2018 en 2019


Wet normering topinkomens 2018 en 2019

Een veilig Kunstmuseum Den Haag Fotomuseum Den Haag en GEM in tijden van COVID-19 (coronavirus) - DEF NL.pdf