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Erwin Wurm, Artzuid Sculpture Biennale 2023
Fat Convertible. Erwin Wurm. 2019
ARTZUID, the Amsterdam Sculpture Biennale is my favorite art exposition in the world. It’s a free outdoor exhibition in the park surrounding Apollolaan and Minervalaan neighborhoods of Amsterdam with 50 sculptural works by established international artists as well as young upcoming artists. This year’s edition includes works by Jean Dubuffet, David Hockney and Robert Indiana. The sculptural pieces are fun, whimsical, playful, colorful and often leaves one to contemplate on the intent of the artist in the creation process. These works are meant to draw and engage young visitors to the exhibition.

According to Jasper Krabbé, curator of Artzuid 2023, “Art connects. We would like to involve young people in the plan. Many are struggling and art can be an antidote to the current polarisation, extreme individualisation and the uncertainty fuelled by social media. I hope that at ARTZUID we can reach young people through the influences of street art, neo-pop art and graffiti and offer them a place, literally a place, by creating hangouts and a graffiti wall, among other things.” Press release from Artzuid Sculpture Biennale, March 30, 2023.

It’s the second time I’ve attended ARTZUID and I can say that it’s worth the trip to Amsterdam. Here are some of the works from ARTZUID 2023.

Ronald Westerhuis, Monika Dahlberg, Artzuid Sculpture Biennale 2023
New World. Ronald A. Westerhuis. 2022 (in the background)
So_what. Monika Dahlberg. 2023 (front)

Marjolein Witte, Artzuid Sculpture Biennale 2023 Amsterdam
Seduction 2.0. Marjolein Witte. 2023.

Jean Dubuffet, Artzuid Sculpture Biennale 2023 Amsterdam
Tour aux récits. Jean Dubuffet. 1973-2007

Apollo Offering, Arman, Artzuid Sculpture Biennale 2023 Amsterdam
Apollo Offering. Arman. 1994

Erik Buijs, Artzuid Sculpture Biennale 2023 Amsterdam
Mud. Erik Buijs. 2023

Julian Schnabel,Artzuid Sculpture Biennale 2023 Amsterdam
Galileo’s Table. Julian Schnabel. 1989.

Carla Rump,Artzuid Sculpture Biennale 2023 Amsterdam
 Omarming met Elfenbankjes. Carla Rump. 2021

Klaas Gubbels, Artzuid Sculpture Biennale 2023 Amsterdam
Korte poten. Klaas Gubbels. 2023

Sterling Ruby, Artzuid Sculpture Biennale 2023 Amsterdam
Black Stove 1. Sterling Ruby. 2014

Karel Appel, Artzuid Sculpture Biennale 2023
Head on a Chair. Karel Appel. 1971.

Carolyn Coolen, Artzuid Sculpture Biennale 2023
Flag. Carolyn Coolen. 2010

David Hockney, Artzuid Sculpture Biennale 2023
BMW Art Car. David Hockney

Daniel Spoerri, Artzuid Sculpture Biennale Amsterdam
Der Krieger. Daniel Spoerri. 2011

Savako, Artzuid Sculpture Biennale 2023 Amsterdam
Daion. Savako. 2020

Hans van Bentem, Artzuid sculpture biennale
Tingeling. Hans van Bentem. 2023

Batopillo. Panamarenko. 2005

 Adri. Nadine van Veldhuizen. 2022

Soulmate. Marjolijn Mandersloot. 2017

Artzuid Sculpture Biennale 2023, Frankey
Frankey zet ARTZUID op z’n kop. Frankey. 2023

Pappel (blau, ulme). Stefan Pietryga. 2019

Lupine Honeycomb. Arne Quinze. 2021

Ida Ekblad, Artzuid sculpture biennale Amsterdam
Book of boredom. Ida Ekblad. 2022

Olaf Mooij. Artzuid sculpture biennale, Amsterdam
Punktrabant. Olaf Mooij. 2005

Robert Indiana, Artzuid Sculpture Biennale 2023 Amsterdam
Imperial Love. Robert Indiana. 1966-2017.

Selfportrait as Landscape. Carolyn Coolen. 2006

Spirit. Piet van de Karr. 2023

David Annesley, Artzuid Sculpture Biennale Amsterdam
Untitled. David Annesley. 1969

Carin Scholten, Artzuid Sculpture Biennale Amsterdam
The Journey. Carin Scholten. 2023

Na Bika Tu Na Fo. Marcel Pinas. 2023

Artzuid Sculpture Biennale 2023
Transfer. Papa Adama. 2023

Detail from Transfer, Papa Adama

Zet worden an zee, Gery Smet, 2023

Dark Angel, FransMuhren, 2021

Renaissance, Wang Keping, 2010
Make your travel plans now. ARTZUID 2023 runs through September 24, 2023.

BRB, Boris Tellegen, 2023
Link to my article about Artzuid 2021: 

How to get to the Apollolaan/Minervalaan:
Uber from Leidseplein to Apollolaan in front of the Hilton is approximately 11 euros. Or tram #24 from Central Station. Check for transport options and/or for tram information. For the map of the exhibition route, check

Where to eat:
Oresti's Taverna
Overtoom 5-h, 1054 HA Amsterdam
Serves Spanish tapas, Greek mezze, Italian antipasti and salads. I especially found the parmesan encrusted eggplant and the garlic chicken surprisingly delicious and my friends voted for the Moroccan chicken and spanakopita.


Images by TravelswithCharie


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