By Alison Smith
ARTZUID is an outdoor Sculpture Exhibition that takes place every two years in Amsterdam South. It extends for 2.5 kilometres along the Apollolaan, the Minervalaan and as far as Zuidas. Running from 22nd May to 22nd September, this exhibition has been put together by Rudi Fuchs, a former director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. This year the selected artists have been given their own “podia” and there are 18 in all to walk along and look at. The exhibitors are an international selection of artists including Georg Baselitz, Jaume Plensa, Tony Cragg, KAWS, John Chamberlain, Georg Herold and Mimmo Paladino.
I have to admit that I’m not a great fan of modern sculpture and certainly no expert, but I spent a pleasant couple of hours strolling around and admiring the artwork. Here are a few snaps of what you can expect.
There are plenty of mutated human forms:
Some obvious inspiration from Disney:
And a series that could have been entitled “Mud and Rust”:
There is a podium that I will call “Oops!” as it looked like three figures slipping on the same banana skin, albeit gracefully, and gave a strange and ironic feeling of movement. Worth a look.
These were my personal Favourites. The giant head is an optical illusion and worth a look. Very serene.
I don’t think that this was part of the exhibition, but it certainly fit in with the themes of mutant man and falling down.
If anyone reading this article is a modern sculpture aficionado and would like to give a proper and knowledgeable review of Artzuid 2015, please send your article to our editor email@example.com. I just hope that my little tour will whet the appetite and convince more folk to go along and enjoy this unique, free exhibition.
ARTZUID is in the open spaces of Amsterdam South, so you can go along anytime and look at the sculptures free of charge. There is a visitor’s pavilion at Minervalaan 1 (opposite the Hilton Hotel) It’s open from 10:00 to 18:00 daily, and sells catalogues for €20 and routemaps for €3. Trams 5, 16, 24 and 25 all go to this area. If you’d like to learn more about the sculptures, there is a website where you can book a guided tour http://www.artzuid.nl