The Utrecht Central Library is moving from the Oudegracht to the former post office on the Neude-square this March. The monumental building on Utrecht’s most famous square will become the big cultural centre that the city was missing, a meeting place for all the city’s inhabitants. Five local artists have been commissioned to each make a work for the new library. This was an idea of the Utrecht based art fund K.F. Hein Fonds. QKunst-director Véronique Baar is a member of the fund’s art commission since July 2018.
For a long time, the moving of the Central Library to the Neude wasn’t a sure thing, it was simply too expensive. A generous donation of the K.F. Hein Fonds helped realise this dream that many ‘Utrechters’ had. The idea to make the work of local artists an integral part of the new purpose of the building was soon born. The library was enthusiastic and soon so were the other involved parties.
Five artists were selected by an art commission: Maarten Baas, Jan Willem Deiman, Frank Halmans, Daan Spaans and Jop Vissers Vorstenbosch. The five art commissions, financed by several funds, art now being realised and will be revealed during the grand opening of the library on Friday 13 March. Maarten Baas’ work is expected to be ready in May.
The old post office on the Neude is a familiar place for Utrecht’s inhabitants. The main post office was designed by Joseph Crouwel (1885-1962) and opened in 1924. The impressive building with its many decorations is a monument. The transformation from post office to library is in the hands of Zecc Architecten.
Commissioned art the Utrecht Library