Kunstaankopen, kunstbehoud, monografieën, exposities
Frans & Kapma Foundation


There is so much marvellous art in this world. Art that wanders through
thoughts and the stories behind the thoughts. Here is a first impression
of art that fascinates us.

Discover the artists represented in the FRANS & KAPMA COLLECTION.

109. Helen Martina
110. Chris Soer
111. Ada Stel
112. F.A. Mooy
113. Nico van Rijn
114. Jack Jefferys
115. Laetitia de Haas
116. Willem van den Berg
117. Aris Knikker
118. Herman Bieling
119. János Bittenbinder
120. Cornelis Vreedenburgh

'Lime kilns', ca 1942,
Watercolour on paper, 40 x 50 cm,
Signed: lower right 'johan buning'
Johan Buning (1893-1963)

'A slow, silent and dreamy person who only after his fiftieth pass through palmy days and then as a painter and watercolourist gets a correspondingly fame.' This is how Frans van Burkom sketches the artist Johannes Norbertus ('Johan') Buning on the Buning Brongers Foundation website. This foundation is, after the death in 1961 of Bunings wife, the watercolourist Titia Brongers, founded by the artist and his sister in law Jeannette and grants each year an incentive prize to a young artist. Unfortunately Johan Buning becomes seriously ill soon after the establishment of the foundation and he dies in 1963. Jeannette Brongers takes care of the legacy, donates the watercolours of Titia to Museum Henriëtte Polak in Zutphen in 1990 and grants the art prize. When she dies in 1992 she leaves a considerable capital to the foundation, which grants the prize nowadays up to ten artists every two years; they all receive a sum of 4,500 euros. The Buning Brongers Prize is still called one of the largest private awards in the Netherlands (www.buningbrongers.nl).

Johan Buning is born, raised and deceased in Amsterdam. He is a self made painter, is called by art critics a very capable watercolourist and teaches many students. Buning also is a founding member of the Dutch Watercolourist Circle and is a member of the artists associations 'Arti et Amicitiae' and 'The Independents'. After the Second World War his work is wanted by private collectors and he participates in several solo and group exhibitions. Also museums buy his works, including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, the Museum Bommel - van Dam in Venlo and the Suermondt Museum in Aachen. Frans van Burkom: "Those museums should still have it, but it is almost never shown. The Buning Brongers Award prevents that Johan Buning, as many deceased artist, falls into oblivion.

These lime kilns are a special piece of heritage, which, in our opinion, should not be lost. For example, in the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen is still such a real shell lime kiln, originating from Akersloot. So our beautiful watercolour also shows a piece of history.