Dutch Culture: Art

Art and bicycles

What better way to explore art in the Netherlands than by bike? All throughout Utrecht there are various art installations which have fascinating backstories and look stunning. How about heading out with your friends and some two-wheelers and soak up some free art?

From Rietveld to Mondriaan, from Utrecht to Amersfoort

Gerrit Rietveld and Piet Mondriaan are two of the Netherlands most renowned designers, with Rietveld being from Utrecht and Mondriaan from Amersfoort. The two towns are connected by a 23km bike path, which out of respect for the two men, contains 10 art pieces which pay tribute to their genius. Check out the route here.

Gerrit Rietveld

Gerrit Rietveld was an influential Utrecht-born designer who became famous with his practical and primary color designs. Born in 1888, he was one of the first and leading artists to integrate the movement of De Stijl (the style) in his work. His most famous work includes the red and blue chair and the Rietveld Schröder House, which are marked by their simple yet complex structures.

Rietveld Schröder House

The Rietveld Schröder House is admired by artists all over the world, and is UNESCO World Heritage Site. A history of the house can be found here, and tours can be booked here. Its located near in between Utrecht Science Park and the city centre, and is very close to University College Utrecht.

Utrecht’s street art

Did you know Utrecht is filled with fascinating street art? Check this link to find a route of seven of the best street art pieces in Utrecht. You can cycle, but walking is also possible with this route!

Museums

Utrecht has museums left and right, and there is absolutely no limit to the variation between them. What about a museum showcasing the roman remains under Dom square? Or a museum about Utrecht’s most famous cartoon figure, Nijntje? All you need to know is that if you decide to visit a museum in Utrecht, you will always have plenty to choose from. For an elaborate list on the options and explanations, check out this website.

Photo credit: 117093 / collectie Het Utrechts Archief. – 828495 / collectie Het Utrechts Archief. – 831940 / collectie Het Utrechts Archief. – 844161 / collectie Het Utrechts Archief.

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