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Art Takes to the Outdoors in Amsterdam

If your travel plans this summer include Amsterdam, no doubt you’ll be spending the day along the city’s museumplein savoring the Rijksmuseum (home of Rembrant’s Night Watch), Van Gogh Museum or the newly-expanded Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art.  While these three are must-stops on any art lover’s European tour, save time for an outdoor excursion just a few blocks south to the ArtZuid International Sculpture Route.  The Route features 70 sculptures by 21 international artists as weaves its way through Amsterdam’s Oud Zuid neighborhood, a charming residential neighborhood with architecture dating back to the 1920’s.  A free morning on a recent trip left me enough time to savor just part of the route.

 

Tony Cragg, Runner / 2013, Bronze

Tony Cragg, Runner
2013, Bronze
Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Georg Baselitz, BDM Gruppe 2012, Painted Bronze Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Georg Baselitz, BDM Gruppe
2012, Painted Bronze
Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

John Chamberlain, Mermaidsmischeif  2009, Aluminum Foil and Stainless Steel  Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

John Chamberlain, Mermaidsmischief
2009, Aluminum Foil and Stainless Steel
Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Georg Herold, Untitled 2015, Lacquered Bronze Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Georg Herold, Untitled
2015, Lacquered Bronze
Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Jaume Plensa, Duna 2014, Cast Iron Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Jaume Plensa, Duna
2014, Cast Iron
Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

KAWS, At this Time 2013, Afromosia Wood Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

KAWS, At this Time
2013, Afromosia Wood
Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Shinkichi Tajiri, Wachter 1 2004, Iron Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Shinkichi Tajiri, Wachter 1
2004, Iron
Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Tal R, Carob 2005, Lacquered Bronze Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Tal R, Carob
2005, Lacquered Bronze
Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Rebecca Warren, There Is Another Way 2011, Hand Painted Bronze Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Rebecca Warren, There Is Another Way
2011, Hand Painted Bronze
Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Thomas Schutte, United Enemies 2011, Bronze Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Thomas Schütte, United Enemies
2011, Bronze
Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

ArtZuid is on view through September 22nd.  For more information, visit their website here (in Dutch).  Note that on the route signs are also in English.

Eric Hope
Authored by: Eric Hope

Eric Hope is a curator and writer based in Brookland. He moved to Washington DC in 1997 and a twist of fate found him a volunteer marketing job at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. In 2009, after ten years of marketing work at large museums in DC he moved into the realm of curating, staging a variety of solo, duo and small-group shows for the Evolve Urban Arts Project. He currently freelances as a curator and writes about local artists and the DC arts scene for a variety of online publications. Originally from Missouri, Hope holds degrees in International Relations and Public Service Administration from DePaul University in Chicago.