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Province of South Holland restores art

Twelve works from the art collection of the Province of South Holland were recently restored by Atelier Welther. The restoration took place in view of the upcoming renovation of the provincial house, where a number of works can be placed once it’s finished. QKunst team member Jet Vermaning tells us more: ‘The province has an [...]

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First artist selection for artwork A12

Zoro Feigl, Hansje van Halem and the duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh. These celebrated makers will be working on concepts for an artwork on the A12 the coming months. The work that will arise near Laagraven will mark an area with a history that up until now was enclosed in the landscape, that of the ‘Nieuwe [...]

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Corporate art collections on the move

For companies and organisations, art loans and donations are good ways to ensure collection mobility. They create greater exposure for the works and their makers. At the end of this year, an exhibition consisting entirely of works on loan from corporate collections will open at Singer Laren museum. In ‘Out of Office. Art treasures from [...]

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‘Master Talk’ by David Claerbout

Anyone who regularly travels on the Amsterdam metro line will by now know the work of artist David Claerbout. In his ‘Weather Engine’, a monumental digital artwork above Amsterdam Central Station’s metro hall, one can see a representation of the weather forecast of the following day. Later this week, during the Amsterdam Art Weekend and [...]

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Exhibition Broersen & Lukács at Foam

For Noorderpark Station, one of the stops on the brand new Amsterdam North-South metro line, artist duo Broersen & Lukács created the artwork ‘De Poorten van Noord’ (‘Northern Gates’). This week, the duo’s first big museum exhibition will be opening at Foam, as part of the exhibition series ‘Next Level’. Persijn Broersen (Delft, 1974) and [...]

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‘Strangers’ in De Pijp Station

This summer, Amterdam’s brand new mayor, Femke Halsema, opened the North-South metro line. Now some 73.000 travellers use the metro almost daily and enjoy its special art collection. Indeed, the North-South Line is a unique underground museum open to anyone with an ‘ov-chipcard’ (travel card). On Thursday 15th November, the last artwork of the collection [...]

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Successful auction at Alliander

Recently, energy network company Alliander organised an online auction of artworks that no longer fitted in the organisation’s art collection. Current and former employees were given the possibility to bid for the artworks. They jumped to the opportunity: 170 works were sold. On October 5th, at the Leeuwarden-office, QKunst-team member Mijke Rummens was standing ready [...]

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Eva Spierenburg wins K.F. Hein Fund Prize

‘An exciting research proposal that does not shy away from tough questions’, that was the KF Hein Fund Prize 2018 jury’s assessment on artist Eva Spierenburg’s proposal, who received the prize on Thursday 20th September at the Central Museum in Utrecht. The K.F. Hein Fund Prize consists of € 20.000 and an exhibition at Central [...]

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Art North-South Line in the media

Around the opening there was plenty of attention for art in the North-South Line. De Volkskrant and NRC Handelsblad published extensive articles and there was also attention for art in Museumtijdschrift, DutchNews, De Standaard and Der Tagesspiegel. A number of quotes: De Volkskrant: 'Every passerby - on the way to the office, congress, house or [...]

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The North-South Line is open!

We are still enjoying the recent opening of the North/South line! Last Saturday morning the new metro line was officially opened with a speech by the new mayor Femke Halsema. The official opening, attended by 1200 people, was broadcast live by AT5 and NPO 1.  From 2 o’clock on everyone could take a free ride. [...]

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Opening exhibition at SiF Utrecht

On July 12th, Social Impact Factory (SiF) Utrecht will open an exhibition with works by Britt Dorenbosch and Kim van Erven. It is the first exhibition that QKunst, one of the users of the building, organizes as a ‘social return’. For the exhibitions we select artists connected to Utrecht. In addition, we seek to connect [...]

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Véronique Baar manager project art A12

In the period 2020-2026 the highways A12 and A27 around the junction Lunetten in Utrecht will be broadened. In this area there are various elements of the ‘Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie’ (New Dutch Water Line). Rijkswaterstaat is responsible for saving and restoring elements of this heritage, which might receive UNESCO World Heritage status by 2020. In [...]

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QKunst on K.F. Hein Fund art committee

Véronique Baar started her function as a member of the art committee of the K.F. Hein Fonds in June 2018. The K.F. Hein Fonds focuses on promoting monument conservation, nature conservation, culture and popular development, performing arts, public health and social work. The Fund supports initiatives in the Province of Utrecht and provides donations and guarantees. [...]

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North-South line opening on July 21st

Finally the time has come for the North-South line to ride! On July 21st, the new Amsterdam metro line will be officially opened and everyone can get a free ride between 2 pm and 9 pm. Mind you, you need to register. There will be music and theater, but also a chess tournament and a [...]

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Guided art tours North-South line

Would you like to know more about the art during your visit of the metro stations? Flyers with background information will be available in alle stations during the opening. On July 21st, from 2.15 pm onwards, you will be able to take part in free guided tours of the artworks. And as of September, you [...]

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Archeological discoveries on display

During the drilling for the North-South Line a great number of archeological discoveries were made. Part of these were integrated in two installation in Rokin Station. You can read more about this on the website belowthesurface. Recently, the image-atlas Stuff was published, showing 15.000 discoveries. The related exhibition Amsterdams Spul (Amsterdam Stuff) is currently on [...]

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Publication about artwork Europaplein

Artist Gerald van der Kaap made work for Europaplein Station. He was asked to design an artwork with Europe as a central theme. The recently published booklet I want a permanent wave (in English) gives insight in the ideas behind the work. A publication about all the artworks for the North-South line is in the works. [...]

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Artwork Europaplein almost completed

‘Beautiful. This shows what can be achieved with art to turn a metro line and its stations into liveable areas.’ ‘Slowly but surely it all becomes clear: we will have the most beautiful metro line in Europe.’ Just a few of the reactions on the website of the Metro & Tram Service about the North-South [...]

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Art advice to local Rabobanks

From Assen to Bocholtz and from Middelharnis to Zutphen. For Rabobank, team Q is all over the country. Just recently, we tasted a well-deserved ‘Zundertse trappist’, a local brew from Van Gogh’s native village, after doing an inventory there. Since 2012, QKunst is preferred partner of the Rabobank art department for art-related advice to local [...]

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A new way to visit Paris

If you think you know Paris and you’re looking for a new travel experience, or if you would like to see something else than the usual tourist hotspots, stop right there! QKunst team member Nanda Janssen is a curator and writer based in Paris. She recently started organising special guided tours: Paris Insolite – discovering [...]

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Internship at the Province of Gelderland

In a commitment to social return, QKunst is going to accompany five interns during a collection registration internship at the Province of Gelderland this April. QKunst team member Imee Luteijn, who works as an art consultant the Province of Gelderland, will be accompanying the interns at the Provincial House in Arnhem. ‘The collection consists of [...]

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Room for art at new BPD headquarters

At the beginning of this year, Bouwfonds Property Development (BPD) moved into new headquarters: the Burgerweeshuis, a former orphanage in Amsterdam. Arts and culture will play a major part in this monumental building – designed by Architect Aldo van Eyck. ‘Of course, we have art from our collection all over the building’, says Caroline Coffrie, [...]

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Beeldenmagazine about Molijn statue

This summer, the statue that artist Nicolas Dings made of industrial entrepreneur and benefactor was presented to the public at cultural centre Veluvine in Nunspeet. The statue did not remain unnoticed, judging from this article in Beeldenmagazine. Dings made the work on commission by the Van den Broek Lohman Fund Nunspeet, that herewith wanted to [...]

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QKunst at Art Meat Utrecht event

An event where artists, art historians, art students, journalists, policy makers, curators and others involved in the fine arts scene in Utrecht can inform and inspire each other, that's what Art Meat is, initiated by the Art Utrecht foundation. On Thursday 1 February, the 5th edition of this network event will take place, this time [...]

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Art and the zoo of The Hague

Between 1862 en 1968, right where the provincial house of the Province of South Holland now stands, there used to be a zoo. It did not only have animals, but all sorts of events were organised there as well. This week the exhibition Art and the zoo of The Hague is opening in the provincial [...]

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Artwork Noorderpark Station completed

After the very busy open day of the North South Line on January 20th, the next milestone lies ahead: the fourth North South Line artwork, at Noorderpark Station, is ready. On Thursday 15 February, in the presence of artists Margit Lukács and Persijn Broersen, the work will be revealed to a select public. The so-called [...]

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Open day North-South Line great success

After years of work, the end of a big QKunst-project is in sight: art for the North South Line. The metro will start riding in July 2018 and the coming months are much needed to finish the stations and the artworks. However, you were recently able to take a look behind the scenes. Indeed, on [...]

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Artwork Jennifer Tee revealed

It took hard work and patience, but now we can finally see it: Jennifer Tee’s artwork for the metro hall of Amsterdam Central Station. On Friday 15 December, Jennifer Tee’s impressive Tulip Palepai was revealed to the press and stakeholders, and simultaneously, to the general public, since this location is already in use. It will [...]

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Getting to know SIF members

Too crooked, too fat, to short… About 10 per cent of vegetables and fruit in The Netherlands are wasted because of their ‘looks’ or due to overproduction. Kromkommer brings these crooked vegetables back in our plates. This company is one of the social enterprises that moved into the Social Impact Factory (SIF), where QKunst has [...]

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Article 1 at the Province of South Holland

During a lively meeting with the Provincial State members and employees of the Province of South Holland, QKunst explored the possibilities for visualising the first article of the constitution at the provincial house in The Hague. This way, the province wants to increase consciousness about the meaning of Article 1. The Provincial Executive suggests to [...]

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Véronique Baar meets UU students

Many art history students are interested in entrepreneurship and actually end up in it after their studies. That’s why Utrecht University organised the meeting ARTrepreneurship on November 30th, about entrepreneurship in arts, culture and media. Students and recent graduates that have become or want to become an entrepreneur were able to speak to and listen [...]

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New branding for QKunst

We proudly present our new company branding, developed by Trapped in Suburbia. It includes a new website, business cards and beautiful printed portfolio’s, introducing different projects we worked on. We will now also be sending a newsletter, not more then four per year, to inform you about what we are working on. For daily news [...]

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Room for art

Have you seen our moving banner yet, on our homepage? We would like to thank everyone who contribute to it: director Dennis Lubbers, direction assistant Leonardo Cariglino, producer Mijke Rummens, and of course the supporting actors: Eric Cornet, Maud Cornet, Deborah Misky, Tim van Dorp, Young-Kon Lambeck, Herman van Eenbergen, Tineke Rummens, Nina Onland, Eric [...]

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Publication in ‘Boekman Tijdschrift’

More and more, railway stations tend to develop into a ‘third place’, a place you can go to even when you don’t need to travel. What is art’s role, traditionally a partner of the railways, in this development? Ella Derksen and Véronique Baar answered this question for Boekman Tijdschrift, a quarterly magazine about trends and [...]

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Interview in ‘Het Parool’

One by one, the artworks in the stations of the North-South line are reaching their completion. On 23 March 2017, it was Rokin Station’s turn. During a well-visited preview, one could come and admire the work by British-French art duo Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel. Prior to the event, Amsterdam-based newspaper Het Parool published an [...]

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Documentary about Jennifer Tee

Jennifer Tee (1973) is one of the selected artists for the North-South line. She was commissioned to create an actual imaged story for the entrance hall of the central station. Director Lisa Boerstra made a documentary about Tee and follows her while she completes her artwork. The documentary Leaving Limbo shows Jennifer Tee’s search for [...]

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