Utrecht's Cutting-Edge Contemporary Art Galleries

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10 October 2016

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.

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The Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art

The Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art is the only museum in Europe solely devoted to contemporary Australian Aboriginal art. The museum showcases a permanent exhibition overviewing contemporary Aboriginal artworks from all regions of Australia. Admission costs €9 for adults and €5 for children aged 4 to 17. Guests should check the museum’s website in advance to ascertain opening hours.

Studio Dick Bruna

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Miffy covers on display at the museum
Miffy covers on display at the museum | © Vincent van der Heijden / flickr
Studio Dick Bruna sits opposite the Centraal Museum of Utrecht, home to a collection of 7,000 works by illustrator Dick Bruna. Spend the day with the likes of Poppy Pig, Boris Bear, and the slightly less alliterative little dog, Snuffy. Bruna’s most famous invention is Miffy the rabbit, who found particular fame in Japan.


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.”

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Lange Nieuwstraat, Utrecht, Netherlands, +31 30 231 6125

HKU University of the Arts Utrecht

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HKU University of the Arts Utrecht offers degree courses in the areas of fine art, design, music, theatre, media, and arts management. Every year, graduating students put on their final fashion shows, art exhibitions, plays and concerts, which are open to the public. There is no better place in the whole of Utrecht to see contemporary artwork by young, vibrant emerging artists.

MaHKU Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design

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The graduate school of the University of the Arts, Utrecht, or the MaHKU, offers students the opportunity to take a variety of Masters courses in the disciplines of visual art and design. Although the MaHKU is primarily an academic institution, the student’s final works will be displayed throughout, and at the end of each in exhibitions that are open to the public.

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