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.
The Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art
Studio Dick Bruna
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.
Dick Bruna Huis, Agnietenstraat 2, Utrecht, Netherlands, +31 30 236 2362
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
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
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.
Utrecht School of the Arts, Oude Amersfoortseweg 131, 1212 AA Hilversum, Netherlands, +31 35 683 6464