About the Oude Kerk

The Oude Kerk (c. 1305) is Amsterdam’s oldest building and the city’s youngest art institution, a religious monument where contemporary art takes centre stage. As an important religious monument in the midst of Amsterdam’s Wallen – the Red Light District – it is a meeting place and sanctuary where architecture, word, image, rituals and reflection serve to reveal our own times as well as those of centuries past. By virtue of its legacy as a church consecrated in 1306, where art and reflection were a daily concern, the Oude Kerk takes identity and collective memory as points of departure for its programme. With this programme the organization wants to prompt our rapidly changing society to reflect and discuss. After an extensive restoration between 1955 and 2013, the Oude Kerk has therefore been promoting itself as a historical monument with contemporary art.