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Space for art

… along the highway


Our video series #spaceforart is an introduction to the projects and to the community of QKunst. Because what does that actually mean: space for art? After each episode, we offer a behind-the-scenes look via an in-depth article, this time: art along the highway.

QKunst’s role in … art along the highway

QKunst supervises art commissions in (semi-)public spaces. For example, we provided project supervision for the Monument to the Waterline on behalf of the Province of Utrecht. This artwork by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh stands along the A12 and draws attention to the landscape surrounding the Dutch Water Defence Lines, which are recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Flemish duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh creates spatial artworks, which reference architecture. The Monument to the Waterline depicts a sluice constructed of steel tubes.

The latest video from the Space for Art series gives an impression of the many steps involved in the creation of the work. Between 2018 and 2021, QKunst coordinated the formulation of the commission, the pre-selection of artists, the design, the execution, and the delivery of the work. To this end we collaborated intensively with the artistic committee, several municipalities, the Province, and the recreation board. With great results. As Coen van Beusekom of Recreatieschap Stichtse Groenlanden, one of the initiators of the commission says: ‘The Monument to the Water Defence Line forges a connection between people, nature and culture.’

On view at the Kunstmuseum Den Haag

Until September 10, 2023, the spatial interventions of Gijs Van Vaerenbergh are on display in the exhibition Escher – Other World. The installations are a vibrant response to M.C. Escher’s body of work, which is characterised by the recurring themes of infinity and optical illusion. In addition, there are also lesser-known works by Escher. In each room, the visitor steps into a new scene from the wonderful world of Escher and Gijs Van Vaerenbergh.
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Haven’t seen the video with QKunst team member Véronique Baar yet? Watch it here!