Statement 17 Sept. 2021

We are happy that the City Council has agreed to the purchase of the monumental old court house at the Parnassusweg in Amsterdam from the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf. This makes it possible for the Hartwig Art Foundation to rent this building from the City of Amsterdam for a new museum for contemporary art in the Zuidas district in Amsterdam.

We are now working hard to further develop our plans and obtain the necessary permits to make the building suitable for the new museum. It will be an accessible and approachable museum and a place for new talents from all creative disciplines. Above all, it wants to be a host for artists. Art will not only be shown, but also created. Therefore, in addition to exhibition spaces, the museum will also have studios, accommodation for artists, spaces for workshops and catering. The museum will not be building its own collection, but will donate its purchases to the ‘Rijkscollectie’, the art collection of the Dutch state.

We are pleased to announce that in designing and renovating the building, we are assured of the commitment of an inspiring group of designers and advisors, including architects Samir Bantal and Rem Koolhaas (AMO/OMA), Philippe Braun (OMA) and Jan Loerakker (LOA), the engineers of Oosterhoff in collaboration with sustainability experts Transsolar and LOLA Landscape Architects. The aim is to create a building that accommodates the dynamic world of contemporary art and already meets the climate requirements of 2050 upon completion.

In the coming period, we will discuss this further with the Bureau Monumenten en Archeologie (the Bureau for Monuments and Archaeology in The Netherlands), the CRK committee (which advises the Amsterdam municipal authorities about the quality of spatial developments), the neighbourhood and the authorities involved.