Replete with architectural treasures from the Early Middle Ages, the Dutch city of Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands. Juxtaposed against these historical edifices are all manners of contemporary art spaces, exhibiting works from emerging and established artists. Hailed as a ‘museum city,’ Utrecht is the ideal destination for arts and culture aficionados looking for a tantalizing taste of the contemporary art world.
Rietveld Schröder House
Hidden amongst Utrecht’s historical buildings is the Rietveld Schröder House. Visitors can delve into this Mecca of modern architecture with a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The house was designed in the manner of Rietveld’s De Stijl principles, with an emphasis three-dimensional, asymmetrical composition.
Rietveld Schröder House, Prins Hendriklaan 50, Utrecht, Netherlands, +31 30 236 2310
Founded in 1993, the Morren Galleries – located on the water-flanked thoroughfare of Oudegracht – house a perpetually changing series of contemporary art exhibitions. From Gertjan Scholte-Albers, whose oeuvre reflects his penchant for painting rich, colorful landscapes, to Cecile Perra, a multimedia Surrealist artist, the Morren Galleries are well worth a visit.
Morren Gallery, Oudegracht 338, 3511 PM Utrecht, Netherlands, +31 30 231 7752
Casco was established as an “open and public space for artistic research and experiments.” A dynamic program of exhibitions emphasizes design and social theory. This exhibition space incorporates the urban environment of Utrecht into its shows, reflecting local culture.
BAK (basis voor actuele kunst) or ‘foundation for contemporary art’ characterizes itself as an interlocutor, dwelling in the abstract space between artistic disciplines, critical thinking, and art advocacy. BAK is committed to supporting artists in their endeavors to examine the changing role of art in “our crisis-ridden times.”
Impakt’s raison d’être is to offer critical and creative views on “contemporary media culture and innovative audiovisual arts in an interdisciplinary context.” The organization also holds an annual festival, which consists of exhibitions, film and video programs, lectures, and musical performances.
Stichting Impakt, Lauwerecht 10, 3514 BB Utrecht, Netherlands, +31 30 296 3408
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