The exhibitions of Contemporary art in Amsterdam are not so many like in Paris or Berlin, but the ones you can find will probably blow your mind. De Appel is definitely one of the most interesting spots to see what is going on with art these days.
It is an internationally-oriented arts centre, which has been opened since 1975. The centre is in a new location since May 2012, at Prins Hendrikkade 142, close to the Central station and Amsterdam city center.
De Appel offers a varied programme of exhibitions and performances by visual artists, choreographers and theatre directors as well as presentations and debates to bring the latest developments in the arts to a wide audience. As a publisher, de Appel produces art books and monographs, periodicals and anthologies of essays.
The centre is directed by Ann Demeester, who has an interesting career in arts – she studied Germanic philology and worked as a cultural journalist for the Belgian newspaper “De Morgen” and as the literary editor and coordinator for the newspaper “De Financieel-Economische Tijd”. She also worked as assistant curator of Jan Hoet in Ghent (Municipal Museum for Contemporary Art, S.M.A.K.) and Watou (Poetry summer 2000). From 2003 to 2006 she was the director of W139, another exhibition centre for contemporary art in Amsterdam.
The Council of Amsterdam commissioned the office of architects denieuwegeneratie and ADP to renovate the 18th-century building in which the center is currently located. They have made an amazing work, giving the visitor the possibility of not only enjoy the exhibitions but the place itself. And if so many nice stuff make you feel hungry, they have a good restaurant located in the basement, called Moes. There you can find a mostly vegan menu based on seasonal and local products. The restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 to 01:00, Sunday till 19:00. They serve coffee, tea, lunch, dinner, ‘appletizers’ from cocktail to closing time and brunch on Sundays.
Enjoy yourself at the probably best venue to see contemporary art in Amsterdam nowadays.
de Appel arts centre
Address: Prins Hendrikkade 142, 1011 AT Amsterdam
Opening Hours: 12:00-20:00 (Sundays till 18:00)
Closed on Monday
Tel: +31 (0)20 625 5651
Text: Celeste Najt