ARTZUID 2021 – IMAGINE. Amsterdam Sculptuur Biënnale

Usagi Kannon Mother © Leiko Ikemura.

The 7th edition of ARTZUID will take place from 1 July – 17 October entitled IMAGINE. Originating from the song John Lennon wrote 50 years ago. As an artist he expressed in the lyrics his dream for a better world where the world is one. He was a committed artist just like sculptor Hildo Krop who 100 years ago, after the horrors of WWI, saw a new role for artists. As an artist, you had to contribute to a better society. His sculptures on façades and bridges in Berlage’s Plan Zuid are like pamphlets full of socialist symbolism for a better world.

ARTZUID 2021 shows artists with engagement, artists who work figuratively and expressively with an intercultural visual idiom.


Exhibition concept:
The 7th edition of ARTZUID will take place from 1 July to 17 October 2021. The Amsterdam Sculpture Biennial will present an experience exhibition with more than 50 works of art along the 5 km route. The heart of the exhibition is in Berlage’s monumental Plan Zuid with its leafy Apollolaan and Minervalaan.

This summer, the seventh edition of ARTZUID will focus on engagement. The sculptures of city sculptor Hildo Krop are the inspiration for the ARTZUID 2021 exhibition concept. In 1917, construction began on the southern extension of the city of Amsterdam, the so-called Plan-Zuid, designed by architect H.P. Berlage. On countless façades and bridges, Krop’s sculptures, full of symbolism, shine forth about a better world for man, animal and nature.

ARTZUID 2021 is entitled Imagine and features artists with engagement, who work in a figurative and expressive style. What about Krop’s ideals 100 years later? And which subjects are topical today: climate, equality, health, nature and animal welfare, etc.? This year it is exactly 50 years ago that John Lennon wrote the song IMAGINE:

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I am not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will be as one.

At ARTZUID, the participating artists are our dreamers, just like HildoKrop 100 years ago and John Lennon 50 years ago. They question the current state of the world and take us along to their ideal. The artists want to awaken something in the visitors, to think about a better world and to set personal goals. What do you want to do to leave the world better for future generations, our children and their children?


ARTZUID is the leading sculpture biennale in the Netherlands. Every two years, fifty high-profile sculptures are exhibited for four months in the green lanes and parks of Amsterdam Zuid. The sculpture selection is of museum quality and features top international artists and promising young Dutch talent. ARTZUID’s mission is to create a new meeting place for people on the street through art and to make art accessible to everyone free of charge.

Director & curator: Cintha van Heeswijck


Artist list ARTZUID 2021 – IMAGINE:
Natasja Alers, Jean Marie Appriou, Armando, Atelier van Lieshout, David Bade, Sita Bandringa, Carlos Blaaker, Marieke Bolhuis, Suze Boschma Berkhou, Hans van de Bovenkamp, Johannes Büttner, Nelson Carrilho, Sandro Chia, Ivan Cremer, Sokari Douglas Camp, Nick Ervinck, Lotti van der Gaag, Guido Geelen, Klaas Gubbels, Raquel van Haver, Leiko Ikemura, Piet van de Kar, KAWS, Jerzy Jotka Kędziora, Joseph Klibansky, Huub en Adelheid Kortekaas, Klara Kristalova, Laura Lian, Nel van Lith, Sarah Lucas, Ziyanda Majozi, Tirzo Martha, Jonathan Meese, Joanneke Meester, Eline Muriël, Marcel Pinas, Jaume Plensa, Marc Quinn, Arne Quinze, Auguste Rodin, Ugo Rondinone, Iris le Rütte, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Lin May Saeed, Karen Sargsyan, Carin Scholten, Jan Snoeck, Arjanne van der Spek, Johan Tahon, TAL R, Rob Voerman, Zhan Wang, Anne Wenzel, Ronald Westerhuis, Erwin Wurm.

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Visitor information ARTZUID 2021
July 1st - October 17th 2021
24/7 free entrance

Information pavilion:
Minervalaan 1, Amsterdam
Monday - Sunday 10 am - 6 pm



Stichting Art Zuid
Prinses Irenestraat 19-1
1077 WT Amsterdam

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