ARTZUID Amsterdam Sculpture Biennial
The seventh edition of ARTZUID Amsterdam Sculpture Biennial will take place in Amsterdam’s picturesque Oud-Zuid neighbourhood and is expected to garner more than 500.000 visitors during this captivating four-month-long urban sculpture showcase.
The by-now renowned sculpture route in the southern part of Amsterdam hosts around 50 unique sculptures by internationally renowned artists from 24 different countries. This open-air art biennial is an ideal way to enjoy contemporary art, keeping a safe distance from others during the coronavirus pandemic, which sometimes can prove difficult in museums.
Photo: © ARTZUID, Armando - Das Rad (1993)
Art meets architecture in South Amsterdam
"Artists’ ideas are of great value for maintaining an open society."
The avenues Apollolaan, Minervalaan and Churchilllaan will become outdoor art displays where visitors can walk the route of sculptures for free! Meanwhile, more in-depth guided tours typically take place on weekends, which charge a fee, (details below) owing to the level of expertise and inside knowledge offered by the specialist guides.
Cintha van Heeswijck, director of Art Zuid Foundation: "The Stichting Art Zuid foundation wants to use outdoor art to create a new meeting place and make art accessible to everyone. Artists’ ideas are of great value for maintaining an open society.”
The sculpture route is five minutes away (on foot) from Museumplein, while maps are available at the ARTZUID Pavilion on Minervalaan. A walk along the route to view all the works takes approximately 2,5 hours.
Photo: © ARTZUID, Armando - Die Flügel nr. 167 (2015)
Besides the street sculptures, which can be viewed completely for free, ARTZUID Amsterdam Sculpture Biennial offers an outstanding programme, from tours to art classes:
Art Camp for children
- What: Kids between the ages of 6 and 12 years old get to work as real artists during the school holidays.
- When: Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm
- Where: ARTZUID Children's Studio Beatrixpark, Prinses Irenestraat 19-2
Photo: © ARTZUID, Carin Scholten - Paradise Regained 2 (2021)
- What: Accessible guided tours are ideal for the average visitor looking for an impromptu urban art tour.
- When: Every Saturday and Sunday 1pm
- Where: Starting from the ARTZUID Information Pavilion, Minervalaan 1, Amsterdam
- Duration: 1,5 hours
- Price: 20 euros
There are also exclusive tours for BankGiro Lottery VIP ticket holders at 1pm at weekends, as well as private VIP tours at a date and time of your choice.
Photo: © ARTZUID, Sita Bandringa - Vleugels (1996)
Plan your sculpture tour of South Amsterdam
A walk along the route to view all the works takes approximately 2,5 hours. Stop by the ARTZUID Information Pavilion between 10am and 6pm daily on Minervalaan 1 to get information, snacks, merchandise and maps. Browse the ARTZUID Amsterdam Sculpture Biennial website for more details.
Thumb photo: © ARTZUID, Jean Marie Appriou - The big watcher (2019)