De Appel Art Centre in Amsterdam
De Appel is an exhibition space for discovering what is new and important in modern art. Together with long time renovated and only recently reopened Stedelijk Museum, De Appel is the most important exhibition space for the contemporary art in Amsterdam. Since its creation in 1975, De Appel Art Centre served as a platform for the events in international modern art, but also as a research centre, publishing house, educational institution, an art library and an artistic archive.
The accent has always been on visual arts. Past art performances at De Appel are now part of the modern art history. The foundation lost couple of years ago its permanent location at Nieuwe Spiegelstraat and had to change locations numerous times. It is only in May of 2012, that Princess Maxima of the Netherlands opened De Appel’s new quarters in the renovated townhouse at the Prins Hendrikkade in Amsterdam.
The tradition of De Appel
Dutch artist Wies Smals gave first performances in 1974 and a year later, he established De Appel in the old warehouse at Brouwersgracht, as the art performances center. De Appel became renowned in Europe and its name and a red apple logo were recognized by the art lovers years before the Apple Computer Inc. corporation was established in Cupertino in California (1976, incorporated 1977). Since 2003, Belgian curator Ann Demeester, an art critic and writer, a long time assistant to the famous Belgian museum guru Jan Hoet, has led De Appel.
Publications and Curatorial Program
De Appel publishes its own books and since 1994, has established eight months long Curatorial Program, teaching future gallery owners and modern art museums curators. Apart from theory lessons the program includes workshops, art travels, practical assignments and confrontations. According to De Appel in the focal point of this training is “context-responsive curating” when presenting modern art to the wider public.
De Appel is located near the Red Light district, facing the new Public Library, on the opposite bank of the former Amsterdam harbor. This is a quickly changing, full of energy part of the city. This energy flows through each not very big De Appel’s exhibit. Young people who visit De Appel mix in the street with the Red Light District public. Seeing De Appel show seems essential for the modern art lover, while to most of general public their exhibits may seem hermetic, exclusive and experimental.
|Tuesday – Sunday:||11 A.M. – 6 P.M.|
|Closed on public holidays:||30 April (Queensday), 25 December (Christmas)|
|Please note that De Appel is also closed during the exhibition changes.|
De Appel library is open on Tuesday and Wednesday: 2 P.M. – 6 P.M. De Appel archives are open only by appointment.
|seniors 65+, Stadspas, CJP Youth Pass:||€ 4,50|
|De Appel Club, iAmsterdam Card, ICOM, press, children up to 12:||free|
|groups (more than 12 visitors):||€ 5|
|regular guided tour:||€ 75|
|educational guided tour:||€ 50|
- De Appel accepts cash and debit cards. Credit cards are not accepted.
- De Appel has a wheelchair access. You are kindly requested to inform De Appel in advance about your visit.
De Appel receives many portfolios from the new artists proposing their work. While always interested in new art, De Appel is not able to return the portfolios by mail. You are requested to make an appointment to collect your own portfolio.
Restaurant and a museum shop
A sympathetic, modern, offering fresh local food restaurant Moes is located in the basement of De Appel art centre. Its menu changes every week and it is accessible directly from the street, without an admission ticket.
A small shop selling art publications and small art objects is located in De Appel reception space.
How to get there
walking: from the Central Station walk left along the Prins Hendrikkade. You will see Prins Hendrik monument on the street left corner and Grand Hotel Amrâth on the right. De Appel Art Centre is located 200 meters further, among modest hotels facing the Ij – 15 minutes walk.
public transport: from the Central Station – take bus line 22 direction Indische Buurt; the bus stops in front of the St. Nicolaas Church, left from the station. Exit after just one stop, at the station Prins Hendrikkade. De Appel Art Centre will be almost in front of you.
car: from the Amsterdam ring A10 take an exit S116. Ride through the Ij tunnel, take right and leave your car after 200 meters at the Parkeergarage Oosterdok - Oosterdok 3, 1011 AD Amsterdam; €4 an hour. De Appel is located in front of the Parkeergarage Oosterdok. Metered street parking costs €5 an hour.
De Appel Art Centre in Amsterdam