Diepenheim is situated in the Twente bocage landscape between ancient country estates. It has around 2,000 inhabitants. Its location, culture and setup as a society make the Kunstvereniging a unique society. An organisation where artists love to experiment and exhibit. Renowned artists are curators and/or participate actively in the exhibition committee. Quality and authentic atmosphere are a strong combination.
Visual arts, drawing and landscape art
Key themes in Kunstvereniging Diepenheim’s activities are nature, isolation and ‘noaberschap’ (‘neighbourliness’). Visual arts, drawing and landscape art are the three main pillars.
Art Institution without walls
As an ‘art institution without walls’ Kunstvereniging Diepenheim invites visitors and exhibiting artists to wander, to browse and, above all, to get off the beaten track. The creation process, telling stories, expanding the horizon are inextricably linked to the concept ‘art institution without walls’.
Kunstvereniging Diepenheim was founded at the end of the eighties as an initiative of a few art-loving citizens. In the attic of the vacant Diepenheim town hall, predecessor Galerij 1881 mounts exhibitions. From the start, the focus was on sculpture. Over the years, Dutch renowned artists like Cornelius Rogge, Sjoerd Buisman, Marinus Boezem, Joseph Semah, Fortuyn / O’Brien, Jan van de Pavert, Roos Theeuws and many others get the chance to exhibit. Once every two years a foreign artist is invited, e.g. Berlinde de Bruyckere, Peter Bruggenhout and Hans Op de Beeck.
In 2011 Kunstvereniging Diepenheim takes an important new step: Drawing Centre Diepenheim opens. After New York and London it is the third centre in the world to focus on contemporary drawing.
Public space, landscape and gardens
In its history, the Kunstvereniging has turned its attention more and more to sculptures in public spaces. Projects in the landscape and gardens have been added. In this way, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim becomes more and more, an ‘art institution without walls’.
Vision and objectives
Kunstvereniging Diepenheim is a presentation platform, workplace and laboratory for contemporary art. Embedded in the rural environment, but with an international horizon, the Kunstvereniging demonstrates innovation can thrive outside of an urban context.
Both renowned artists and up-and-coming talents from The Netherlands and abroad find exhibition space, workplaces, research facilities and presentation possiblities. The artists are challenged to make work on the spot. The environment is a guiding principle for the interaction between the various elements in the programming.
In the Heerlijckheid project the Kunstvereniging initiates new ways of talent development, education, public participation and public outreach. The society structure is the cornerstone of all activities. It is a permanent source if inspiration for the pioneering spirit characterising the Kunstvereniging.
The Kunstvereniging aims to present, facilitate and stimulate contemporary art, particularly sculpture, art and public space, drawing and land art. To this end it organises exhibitions, events and presentations in its own buildings and in public spaces. The Kunstvereniging also offers artists workspace, organises activities to develop talents and publishes publications, drawing cahiers and works in limited editions.