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Rijksmuseum Twenthe was founded through the initiative of the Twente textile baron Jan Bernard van Heek, who wanted to have his painting collection housed in a new state museum in Enschede. It is thanks to the persistence of his family after his death that the museum was actually built. In 1930 the museum was opened on the Lasondersingel. The basis of the museum was formed by some 140 artworks, principally paintings from the collection of Jan Bernard van Heek, from the Middle Ages up to and including the 19th century. [source]