black & white photograph of the building Parnassuweg 220 with a few newly planted trees

Towards a Museum

We are working towards the establishment of a new museum for contemporary art in Amsterdam. This page will keep you updated on the latest developments.

Parnassusweg 220, Collection Stadsarchief Amsterdam, photo J.M. Arsath Ro’is

Statement 24 Oct. 2023

The preparatory phase of the construction will begin in November. For the latest updates from the contractor, please consult this website (in Dutch).

Statement 7 Oct. 2022

The Amsterdam City Council (the gemeenteraad) has voted in favour of the new zoning plan for Parnassusweg 220. This positive decision marks a major step forward towards the establishment of the new museum for contemporary art in Amsterdam.

Hartwig Art Foundation will be renting the former courthouse from the municipality. In the coming years, we will be making considerable investments from our own resources to renovate and extend the monumental building in order to bring it to the highest standards of sustainability, accessibility and design. This ambitious project represents a long-term commitment of the foundation to the city to provide a permanent space dedicated to the research, production and presentation of contemporary visual art, time-based art and future art forms in Amsterdam.

Please consult our latest Programmes and our Production | Collection Fund.

Statement 1 Sept. 2022

We are delighted that the board of the Mayor and Aldermen (the college van Burgermeester en Wethouders) of Amsterdam has voted positively to offer the zoning plan to Amsterdam’s City Council. Please consult their letter to the council here (in Dutch).

The support of the college brings us a step closer to establishing a new museum with which we hope to stimulate the production and visibility of contemporary art in Amsterdam and beyond and as such contribute to the creative fabric and cultural heritage in the Netherlands. The museum will be located within the vibrant Zuidas area in south Amsterdam, in the former courthouse building on the Parnassusweg.

Amsterdam City Council (the gemeenteraad) are scheduled to debate and vote on the adoption of the zoning plan on 5 Oct.

Please consult our website for full details of all active programmes and our Production | Collection Fund.

Statement 2 Feb. 2022

We’ve entered a new phase in the realisation of the future museum for contemporary art in Amsterdam. Today the municipality has released the zoning plan amendment for the new museum and the provisional environmental permit for the renovation of the former courthouse on Parnassusweg. Both are available for inspection from 3 Feb. until 19 Mar. 2022. For more information please consult

Last October, we extensively informed local residents about the museum’s plans during a special information evening with the municipality. A residents’ committee has also been set up in collaboration with the municipality to discuss the plans surrounding the old court building on behalf of the local residents. The neighbours will be invited again soon to an extra information meeting in which they can ask questions about the permits directly to the municipality, the designers and the initiators of the project.

In the meantime, we remain active through our partnerships and via Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund.

Projects & Partnerships:

  • The Centraal Museum will present from April 2022 solo exhibitions by renowned Dutch artists in Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd with the support of Hartwig Art Foundation.
  • Wu Tsang: MOBY DICK; or, The Whale by artist Wu Tsang, a silent film screened with live chamber orchestra will premiere in March 2022 at the Schauspielhaus Zurich. MOBY DICK; or, The Whale is produced by Schauspielhaus Zurich in collaboration with Zürcher Kammerorchester (ZKO). Hartwig Art Foundation is co-commissioning this work with de Singel, Luma Foundation, TBA21-Academy, Superblue, The Shed and Whitney Museum of American Art. We are collaborating with the Holland Festival 2022 to bring the Dutch premiere of MOBY DICK; or, The Whale to Amsterdam.
  • Tony Cokes: the exhibition by American video artist Tony Cokes in De Balie was unfortunately canceled at the end of 2021 due to covid restrictions. The artist and De Balie are currently looking for new dates for the exhibition in 2022.
  • Anne Imhof: together with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam we will be co-presenting Anne Imhof’s first solo show in the Netherlands. Update Mar. 2022: The exhibition took its beginnings at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, where it was set to open in March of 2022. In the light of the ongoing war in Ukraine, the team of Garage has decided to put their exhibition programme on hold until the human and political tragedy has ceased. 

Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund:

  • Special Project 2020/21: 15 artists (among this number, one artist collective of 7 members) have developed new works through the project. The final exhibition by artist Anna Dasović will open at Stroom Den Haag in the summer of 2022. The works of the participating artists have been (or are in the process of being) purchased and donated to the ‘Rijkscollectie’. More details about the project here.

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 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.

Statement 27 Aug. 2021

Hartwig Art Foundation is in talks with the City of Amsterdam about a new museum for contemporary art in Amsterdam. The final decision on this matter lies with the City Council of Amsterdam, which will meet and decide on the matter in mid-September.

Our ambition is to add a leading international museum of contemporary art to the rich institutional art landscape of Amsterdam. The plan is to establish the museum in the monumental building of the former court building on the Parnassusweg.

If the decision of the City Council is positive, Hartwig Art Foundation will rent the former Court building from the City Council. We will cover all costs ourselves and will also renovate and develop the building at our own risk and expense. The museum will not request a subsidy from the city. The Amsterdam Arts Council has issued a positive recommendation on the plans. The Board is pleased with this initiative and considers it a great gift to the city.

The plan is for the museum – with the temporary name Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) – to become a centre where artists and thinkers can produce and exhibitions of new art can be held. Therefore, in addition to exhibition spaces, the museum will also have studios, accommodation for artists and makers of many disciplines, workshops and diverse hospitality formats. The MCA wants to be a host and home for artists and creative producers, it will not build its own collection. The art created by the artists and selectively purchased by the MCA will be donated to the collection of the Dutch state (‘Rijkscollectie’). Inspired by the national heritage idea of the ‘Collectie Nederland’, we want to contribute to a collection of contemporary art that is available to all institutions within the country and also internationally.

Our vision for the MCA is to have everything under one roof: the public spaces to exhibit, learn, share and discuss, the people who produce knowledge and art, and the facilities to experiment and create. This concept of a contemporary institution and public forum that offers living, working and exhibition spaces combined with gardens and kitchens is a reinterpretation of the model that museums had in their historical beginnings.

We want to become a public place and a forum dedicated to artists and creative production to explore the questions of our time. We want to engage in dialogue and active encounters with the many voices of makers, audiences and communities, and be a home for all who contribute to our diversity.

In the transformation and expansion of the monumental building into a museum, the MCA will commit itself to the highest standards of long-term ecological thinking.

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.