The Amsterdam Sculpture Route is an open air exhibition of monumental sculptures in public areas just south of the centre of Amsterdam.
The 4th the biennial International Sculpture Route ArtZuid 2015 in Amsterdam takes place in 2015 between 22 May and 22 September. Admission to the Amsterdam Sculpture Route is free.
The ArtZuid Sculture Route stretches 2,5 kilometres along the Apollolaan, Minervalaan and the Zuidas.The participating artists are international contemporary celebrities, including Georg Baselitz, Jaume Plensa, Tony Cragg, Mimmo Paladino, Ai Weiwei, KAWS, and Markus Lüpertz. Concentration and deepening of insight is this year’s theme.
Amsterdam Sculpture Route
The set up of ArtZuid 2015 is different from other years. In 2015 the ArtZuid Amsterdam Sculpture Route displays a smaller number of visual artists. Each artist has its own stage to display a group of their work. In total there are 18 ‘museum rooms’, with compositions of 1 or 2 artists, consisting of 4-8 works.
The starting point for the choice of works is to select ones that collectively tell a story or that create a dialogue, while at the same time they should be in proportion, in terms of both size and scale, to the surrounding architecture and landscape.
Epic sculptures in Amsterdam
Most sculpture are monumental, vertical sculptures, epic in character. Each ensemble of sculptures will become a special point of concentration.
The artists chosen on the basis of the criteria include Markus Lüpertz (coloured bronze sculptures), Hans Josephsohn (massive imposing heads), Per Kirkeby (bronze figures – from thin to plump), Michael Craig-Martin (figurative, brightly coloured), but the almost black sculptures of Georg Baselitz will also be displayed, as well as the wild figures of Thomas Houseago and the bizarre shapes created by Georg Herold.
Hefty sculptures by Klaas Gubbels will also feature, and Bruno Gironcoli’s imaginative phantasms, as well as sculptures by Tony Cragg and Thomas Schütte. In the choice of these artists – and others such as Hubert Kiecol, KAWS, or Domenico Bianchi – it is essentially all about the monumental presence of their sculptures: heavy forms, figurative, in their taut contours.
Guided tours in English
At fixed times every day there are guided tours in Dutch and English, involving professional art historians and artists. There is also an app that includes an audio tour. There is also a children’s studio.
Furthermore, there artists’ talks and lectures about the exhibition held in nearby hotels and in museums, and special lectures in the ‘museum rooms’.
Concerts near exhibition locations
The collaboration with the Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival) Amsterdam once again provides several public concerts, given at or near the exhibition locations.
Central meeting point is the ArtZuid Pavilion. Here, you can pick up the catalogue and route maps and enjoy snacks and a drinks.
Responsible for the composition of the Amsterdam Sculpture Route 2015 are Rudi Fuchs, art historian and former director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and exhibition creator Maarten Bertheux.
ArtZuid: ‘Best Neighbourhood Initiative
In 2009 and in 2011, following the opening by Queen Beatrix, ArtZuid received a total of 350,000 visitors. In 2011 the Foundation received the Europa Nostra Award from the EU, and in 2012 The Best in Heritage Award.
In March 2013 ARTZUID was chosen by the residents of Amsterdam as ‘Best Neighbourhood Initiative’, within the context of the Oranje Fonds Kroonappels (a fund enjoying royal patronage.)
The 3rd edition in 2013 drew 380,000 visitors from home and abroad. The Amsterdam Sculpture Route ranks number 10 on the list of free public events in the Netherlands (Research Bureau Respons, 2013).
For further information, or to book tours or order the catalogue, visit www.artzuid.nl.
KAWS – Better knowing. © KAWS
Mimmo Paladino – Caduto a Ragione. © Studio Paladino
Tony Cragg – Mean Average. Photo: Charles Duprat © Studio Tony Cragg.
The Amsterdam Sculpture Route ArtZuid 2015 takes place between 22 May and 22 September.