Art is God’s idea

Christianity and Art



l’Abri, Eck en Wiel and Utrecht. l'Abri is a place where people can come with their questions about faith and life. A lot of attention is given to the questions provoked by our time and culture. Theme-weekends, lectures, film discussions. An annual art week. (NL,E) 
AKKV. Ecumenical artists association. Members are also member of SIAC (Société Internationale des Artistes Chrétiens). For artists and art lovers. For all of the arts. (NL)
ARC Netherlands/Belgium is an ecumenical organisation which provides free guided tours to visitors in European churches and cathedrals during the summer months. (NL)
Arsprodeo. Website with contemporary Christian art for churches and individuals of the CNV-Kunstenbond Vakgroep Kunst en Cultuur. (NL)
Artist on Film. Art Revisited Productions makes video portraits of contemporary artists that give insight in the way of working and thinking of the artists. (NL,E)
Bijbel en cultuur. About the influence of the Bible on Dutch culture, in the past and present. With many images of works of old and contemporary Dutch and Belgian artists, Jewish, Christian or not. (NL)
Christian Artists Europe. The International Association of Christian Artists (Christian Artists Europe) annually organises a European conference in the Netherlands for Christians in all of the arts. (NL,E,D,F)
Dwaze Zaken, Prins Hendrikkade 50, Amsterdam. Eatcafé Dwaze Zaken, opposite of Central Station, combines meals with expositions of primarily young Christian artists, music and lectures. (NL)
ForumC-Kunst, the art section of ForumC, aims to bring together artists and art lovers, to stimulate reflection from a Christian perspective on art and culture. Has a network of Christian artists and a website that discusses one artist every month. (NL)
KORF. An association of artists from a ‘reformatorische’ background. Organises lectures, expositions and excursions. (NL)
Helikon, Utrecht. National art-historical institute for religion in art and culture. Courses, lectures, excursions and travels which focus on the religious background of the artists. (NL)
Instituut voor Christelijk Cultureel Erfgoed van de RU Groningen. Has an archive of ca. 3000 old and contemporary, Protestant and Catholic churches in the Netherlands. (NL)
Kruiswegstaties. A website with images of Stations of the Cross and information (news, agenda, books, travel tips) about Stations of the Cross in the Netherlands and other European countries. (NL)
Landelijke Werkgroep Kerkbouw van de Protestantse Kerk Nederland, Utrecht.For advice for the building, restoration and finding a new function for church buildings. (NL)
Odigia Ikonen Instituut. Conserves and studies icons and organises exhibitions. Website with a lot of information. (NL)
Platform Kerk en Kunst. This platform of various organizations active in the area of the church and the visual arts aims to encourage and stimulate the integration of the arts in the life of congregations. It connects artists and churches and organizes symposiums and exhibitions. 
Prof. Dr G. van der Leeuw Stichting, meeting centre of church and art with an open eye to what is happening in contemporary culture. (NL)
Rookmaakerkring ForumC aims to reflect about culture and art from a Christian worldview.Consists of students, teachers, art historians, theologians and musicians. (NL)
Stichting ART FOR ALL. Artists go to areas of war and poverty to give children the opportunity to express themselves artistically. (NL)
Stichting Collaboration Art Projects International organises visual art projects for the less fortunate in the Netherlands and elsewhere in the world. Led by Jan Haen, painter and pater redemptorist. (NL,E)
Stichting Docete publishes visual materials for Bible and religion teachers and publishes cards and posters with contemporary religious art. Series of slides, e.g. by Kees de Kort are distributed all over the world. (NL) and (NL)

Stichting Eikonikon, Amsterdam. Gives information about icons and icon painting courses inside and outside The Netherlands. Publishes the journal (NL) 

Studiecentrum Soeterbeeck. Conference centre of the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen in Ravenstein. With lectures, courses, workshops and expositions. Aims to stimulate academic dialogue about culture, society and worldview. Also about visual art. (NL)
Vermeulen Brauckman Stichting. Supports cultural projects within the Dutch language zone that let the Bible speak in new ways. Issues an annual award together with Museum Catharijneconvent. (NL)
European Academy for Culture and the Arts. This academy brings together knowledge and experience from many Christian artists organizations and professionals around Europe. This virtual academy provides more than 540 different modules in Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Media Arts and General Subjects. The Academy's target group consists of artists from all over Europe who require further training, following the completion of their education, in subjects relevant to their professional practice and labour opportunities. These modules can also be partly followed at the annual conference in the Netherlands of Christian Artists Europe for Christians in the arts. (E)
Free University Amsterdam
- Professor Wessel Stoker is Emeritus Professor of Theological Aesthetics. Specialization religion and modern and contemporary art. (NL)
- Prof. Marcel Barnard is Professor of Liturgical Studies. (NL) 
- The Institute for Ritual and Liturgical Studies (Irilis) of the Protestant Theological University (PThU) in Amsterdam.
Helikon, national institute for religion in art and culture, Utrecht. Helikon is an art-historical institute aiming to do justice to the religious, philosophical and symbolical background of artworks. Offers courses, lectures, excursions and travels. (NL)
Open University. This university offers the possibility to do a masters thesis and dissertation under guidance of Jos Pouls about religious or Christian art and culture of the 20th century. (NL) and (NL)
Protestant Theological University Groningen
- Dr. R.D.N. van Riessen, Associate Professor Philosophy. Interest/research: The first line of research concerns theories of transcendence in relation to moral, aesthetic and religious experience (Levinas, Lyotard and Agamben). The second line concerns the philosophical perspective of the soul and/or inner life, comparing and confronting classical Christian authors like Augustine and Kierkegaard with positions in contemporary philosophy in the phenomenological tradition (Levinas, Marion, Lyotard, Derrida).
University of Amsterdam
- Prof. Patrick Chatelion Counet is professor of the Bible in Dutch culture.  
University of Groningen
- Centre for Religion and Heritage, University of Groningen. The Centre was established to promote scholarly exchange, train future professionals, advise external stakeholders and engage in public outreach work in this topical and highly contested field. Its projects and events provide a resource for scholars and students, heritage organizations and government, as well as anyone interested in the connection of religion and heritage. The CRH is the successor of the Institute for Christian Cultural Heritage, which has contributed to heritage work in the Netherlands over many years. Building on a longterm engagement with Christian heritage, the Centre draws on the research strengths of affiliated staff in ancient, Islamic, Jewish and Buddhist religious history as well as in theoretical investigations of the secularism and the post-secular. (NL, E)
- Minor Bible and culture. About the reception of the Bible and apocryphical and early Christian literature in the visual arts; Christian iconography; and the role of the Bible in Dutch culture. (NL)
University of Leiden
- Dr. R.D.N. van Riessen, professor in the endowed chair for Christian philosphy. Interest/research: The first line of research concerns theories of transcendence in relation to moral, aesthetic and religious experience (Levinas, Lyotard and Agamben). The second line concerns the philosophical perspective of the soul and/or inner life, comparing and confronting classical Christian authors like Augustine and Kierkegaard with positions in contemporary philosophy in the phenomenological tradition (Levinas, Marion, Lyotard, Derrida). 
Radboud University Nijmegen
-  Prof. S. L. de Blaauw is professor of the history of Early Christian Art and Architecture. (NL)
University of Tilburg
- Leergang Levende Liturgie (Tilburg). Tweejarige postacademiale leergang, opgezet door Luce / Centrum voor Religieuze Communicatie (CRC), Utrecht en het Instituut voor Liturgische en Rituele Studies, Tilburg.
University of Utrecht 
- Prof. dr. Johan Goud is Professor in Theological Aesthetics at the Religious Studies and Theology Department.
- Luce Leergang Liturgie (Tilburg en Utrecht). A post academic program of two years given by the Luce / Centrum voor Religieuze Communicatie (CRC), Utrecht and the Instituut voor Liturgische en Rituele Studies, Tilburg. (NL) 
Eikonikon (NL), journal about icons and making icons. (NL)
Jaarboek voor liturgie-onderzoek (NL,E,D), published by the Instituut voor Christelijk Cultureel Erfgoed Groningen and the Instituut voor Liturgische en Rituele Studies in Tilburg.The journal concerns itself with the study of Christian liturgy in all traditions, in all ages and all its facets: music, texts, architecture, iconography and ritual studies. Can also be read digitally. (NL, E, D)
Laetare. Journal for liturgy and church music, paying attention to church architecture and art in churches. (NL)
Online galerie:
- ArsProDeo. On this website the CNV-Kunstenbond Vakgroep Beeldende Kunst presents liturgical art. This includes autonomous as well as applied art, consisting of contemporary translations of Christian themes and symbols. For churches but also for individuals. (NL)
- Expositions in the Bergkerk Dr. Abraham Kuyperlaan 2, Amersfoort. (NL)
- Expositions in the St. Joriskerk. (NL)
- Expositions in the Noorderkerk. (NL)
- Expositions in Linnaeuskerk Amsterdam.
- Expositions in the Oranjekerk. (NL)
- Expositions in Thomaskerk, Amsterdam, Prinses Irenestraat 36, Amsterdam. (N)
- Gallery Libbe Venema, Hogeweg 2A. Work in stock of Libbe Venema. Further changing expositions. (NL)
- Icons gallery H.W.C. Dullaert. (E, Ru)
- Morsink Icons, Keizersgracht 454, 1016 GE Amsterdam. (E)
- Galerie Tóth – Icons, Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 68, Amsterdam. The gallery is specialized in Russian icons from 16th till 19th century. The collection consists of traditional wooden icons and a large selection of brass travelling icons. (E)
- Galerie H10a, Hoofdstraat 10a, Apeldoorn. Open: first Sunday of each month and by appointment.
- Exposition space De Schuur, Groot Oever 14, Balkbrug. Expositions in private exposition room of the painter Maarten ’t Hart. (NL)
- Exposition room in the office of the Nederlands Dagblad daily Christian newspaper, Hermesweg 20 in Barneveld.
- Galerie Iwema, Ikonen, Reigerlaan 49, Beilen, phone for appointment to see the collection (tel. 06.29368984).
- Kunsthuis Marc Chagall; Prins Bernhardlaan 37, Bergen. (NL,E)
- Gallery & Studio Lumineux, Buitenweg 11, Best. Gallery of Bert Pulles. Designer in metal, precious metals and monumental objects. (NL)
Bilthoven/De Bilt:
- Expositions in the Opstandingskerk/Immanuelkerk.
- Martinikerk Bolsward. Expositions. (NL)
- Grote of Sint Nicolaaskerk. Expositions. (NL)
- Expositions in the Grote of Barbarakerk. (NL)
- Zoetmulder-Icons, Kampveld 1 (corner Wateringsevest), 2611 DA Delft. Gallery for icons. (NL, E, Ru)
Den Bosch:
- Expositions in the St. Jan. (NL)
Den Briel:
- Expositions in the Catharijnekerk. (NL)
- Exhibitions in the Grote of Lebuïnuskerk. (NL)
- Expositions in theGrote- of Sint Martinuskerk, Markt 2, Dokkum. The church is open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
- Gallery Jan Kooistra, Diepswal 3, Dokkum. Fri: 14.00 - 17.00 and 19.00 - 21.00, Sa: 14.00 - 17.00.
- Expositions in the Grote Kerk. (NL)
- Expositions at Lektuurcentrum of the organization Bijbel Kiosk Vereniging, Hoofdstraat 55, Driebergen.
- Expositions at the Christelijke Hogeschool Ede (Christian college), Oude Kerkweg 100, Ede. (NL,E)
- Expositions at church community center Emmaüs. NL)
- Expositions in the Catharinakerk. (NL)
- Galerie 39, in the Christian Library for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, Paul Krugerweg 39. (NL)
- Expositions in the St. Janskerk. (NL,E)
- Synagogue Groningen; changing expositions. (NL)
- Farm gallery the Ossenberg, Singelweg 11, Grijpskerke. (NL)
- Gallery Hüsstege, icons, visits on request. More information on (NL, E, It)
- Expositions in the Sint Bavo.
- Expositions in the Hyppolytuskerk. (NL)
- Behind the church H. Joannes de Doper is a garden of over 2 acres. In this garden many herbs, plants and trees grow which are also mentioned in the Bible. Also on show are 40 sculptures of biblical and inspiring persons, from the Haarlemmermeer artist Karel Gomes. In addition the garden has a labyrinth. (NL)
- Expositions in Kerkcentrum De Ark, Muiderbos 36, Hoofddorp. (NL)
- Summer expositions in the Hobbe van Baerdt Tsjerke, Midstraat, Joure. (NL)
- Expositions in the synagogue, Jan van Arkelstraat 4.
- Galerie van Driel, Burgwal 96, Kampen, with works by five members of this family of artists: Daan sr., Jan, Cees, Daan jr. en Nini van Driel. Call before visiting. (NL)
- Expositions in the Grote of Jacobijnerkerk. (NL)
- Expositions in the Stevenskerk. (NL)
- Expositions in the Mariakerk. (NL)
- Chez-Moi Ton Schulten Gallery International, Markstraat 4-6/Gasthuisstraat 3-6, Ootmarsum. Work of Ton Schulten and guests. With book gallery and sculpture garden. (NL, En, D)
- Gallery-studio Annemiek Punt, Kloosterstraat 5, Ootmarsum. Glass art, also windows. (NL, E)
- Gallery/studio of Jackie Howard, Bakkerstraat 19, Putten. (NL)
- Expositions in Studiecentrum Soeterbeeck, Elleboogstraat 2. (NL)
- Expositions in the Village Church Rheden. (NL)
- Kruiswegpark (Stations of the cross). The park, next to pilgrimage center Kapel in 't Zand, was completed in 1928 designed by the famous architect from the town of Roermond dr. Pierre Cuypers and has ornamental chapels, with in them marble statues of the sculptor Karel Lücker. In addition there are contemporary paintings portraying the lives of mission veterans and their homefront. (NL, E, F, D)
- Expositions at Continental Art Centre / art gallery CNV Kunstenbond (artists labour union), Robert Kochplaats 342, Rotterdam. CNV-Kunstenbond has also put together expositions around themes which can be rented by church groups (one or more pieces of art). (NL,E)
- Expositions in the Laurenskerk. (NL)
The Hague:
- Permanent icons exposition of the painter Hans Verweij in the town monastery, Westeinde 101 The Hague. Open on request. (NL)
- Expositions in the Kloosterkerk organized by the art committee of the congregation. (NL)
 Galerie 44, Molenstraat 44, The Hague has expositions with a spiritual and often Christian character. Open: Wednesday 13:30-17:00, Saturday 13:00-17:00.
- Expositions in the Heuvelse kerk (Sint Jozefkerk), Heuvelring 122.
- Coffee and teahouse selling art KEEK, Twijnstraat 23, Utrecht. NL)
- Expositions in the head office and services center of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, Joseph Haydnlaan 2a, Utrecht.
- Expositions in the Dom. (NL,E)
- Expositions in the Nicolaikerk, next to the Centraal Museum. (NL)
- Expositions in the Tuindorpkerk.
Expositions in the Grote Kerk. (NL)
- Expositions in the Dorpskerk. (NL)
- Summer exposition as part of Tsjerkepaad (church tour) in the Mariakerk.
- Expositions in the library of the monastery.
- Expositions in the St. Maartenskerk. (NL)
- Summer expositions in the Walburgiskerk. (NL)
- Atelier Gootjes, Klooienberglaan 275, Zwolle. Gallery of Jan Pieter and Ludie Gootjes.
- Expositions in the Gereformeerde Hogeschool in Zwolle.
- Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam. The Jewish Historical Museum collects and shows objects and artworks that reflect the religion, culture and history of Jews in the Netherlands and its former colonies. (NL,E)
- Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder. This hidden church 'in the attic' was built during the Reformation, when Catholics were forbidden to hold public services. A unique hidden church, complete with galleries, a large altar and around 150 seats. The museum has a magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture and silver providing an overview of Catholic history in Amsterdam. (NL,E)
- Rembrandthuis. House where Rembrandt lived. With graphic work and paintings by Rembrandt and his contemporaries and predecessors. (NL,E)
- The Van Gogh Museum. (NL, E, D, F, Sp, I, Jap)
- Breda’s Museum with old Christian art. In the episcopal collection of the Breda's Museum objects of popular devotion are especially well represented. (NL)
- Beguinage Breda museum. Beguine houses, church and herb garden and expositions. It is part of the Breda’s Museum. (NL)
- The Vermeer Centre Delft gives an overview of all Vermeer’s paintings (reproductions) and tells you about his life and way of working. (in Dutch and English). (NL, E)
Den Bosch:
- The Jheronimus Bosch Art Center with reproductions of his paintings and a library with books about his work. (NL,E)
-  Sint Jan's Museum, with sculpture from the St. Jan from the 13th - 20th century. Also about the history of the cathedral.
- Museum de Wieger about the group of artists that worked in Deurne, a unique collection of works made in the period between the two world wars. In Deurne lived Gerrit van Bakel, Otto van Rees and the medical doctor-painter Hendrik Wiegersma. (NL)
- Gallery/Museum of the St. Adelbertabdij, Vennewatersweg 27 of Abdijlaan 26. Permanent exhibition of archeological finds, work by Vytautas Kaunas and changing expositions. (NL)
- Sand Sculptures in Elburg with ca 150 lifesize sculptures about social themes, church history and biblical stories made by the world top of sand sculptors. Open seven days a week. 
- Kijk-je kerk-kunst is a religious museum housed in the crypt of the Sint-Martinuskerk. With nun’s dolls, a large collection of statues of Mary and tapestries. Open during the summer in the weekends and on Sundays from Advent till January with a Christmas exposition.
Volkenkundig Museum Gerardus van der Leeuw in Groningen (belongs to the Faculty of theology and religious studies of the University of Groningen). Expositions.
- KathedraalMuseum, Leidsevaart 146, Haarlem belongs to the Nieuwe Bavo (Kathedrale Basiliek St.Bavo). The museum opened in 2016 with the collection of the old treasury and an exhibition of work by Jan Dibbets.
Marius van Dokkum Museum, Academiestraat 7, Harderwijk. Paintings by Marius van Dokkum.
Horst aan de Maas:
- Treasury St. Lambertuskerk, St. Lambertusplein 16, Horst aan de Maas. Sculptures, paraments, silver and liturgical objects.
- Wilhelmietenmuseum in West-Brabant with a collection of icons, housed in the former Wilhelmieten convent 'Ste. Marie'.
- Ikonenmuseum, Buiten Nieuwstraat 2 te Kampen. Russian icons. NL)
- Bijbelmuseum Leerdam, Lingedijk 36. Hundreds of old Dutch bibles, Catholic, Lutheran, Reformed and Anabaptist printed between 1538 – 1950. Also illustrated bibles. (NL,E)
- Treasury Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek, O.L. Vrouweplein 7, Maastricht.
With art for the church through the ages.
- Treasury Sint Servaasbasiliek, Keizer Karelplein 6, Maastricht. A treasury full of tradition, history, religious culture and architecture.
- Comenius Museum with a permanent exposition about Comenius, changing expositions and the Comenius Mausoleum with his grave. Comenius was a17th-century Czech pedagogue, philosopher and theologian who spent the last years of his life in Amsterdam. (NL)
- Museum Park Orientalis, Nijmegen. Take a trip through the world of the three holy books by visiting the open-air museum in Heilig Landstichting. After visiting the introductory exhibition 'When God was still a writer' in the indoor museum, you can walk round the outdoor museum, and experience the scents of the Arabian souk and the peace and quiet, or hustle and bustle of the desert Bedouin camp, before moving on to the Roman street to get a taste of what life was like in those days. (NL, E, D)
- Vincentre and Van Gogh Village. Vincent van Gogh Centre, which shows how Van Gogh lived and worked from 1883-1885 in Nuenen. (NL,E)
- Museum de Pelgrim, Hofmeijerstraat 1-3. Liturgical robes and objects, relics.
- Museum Ton Schulten, Kerkplein 16-17, Ootmarsum. (NL, E, D)
- Museum for plain glass- and enamelart, Marktstraat 22, Ravenstein. The museum gives an overview of glass art (only two-dimensional: leaded windows, glass fusing, applied glass) in the Netherlands. In addition the museum gives an oversight of enamel art (panels, objects, jewellery) in the Netherlands and abroad with changing exhibitions. The museum is unique in the Netherlands and one of the few in this field in Europe. Also about church windows. (NL)
- Ecclesiastical Museum Slenaken, Dorpsstraat 12, Slenaken. Liturgical objects, sculptures, devotional objects.
- Treasury Helige Amelberga, Basiliek, Salvatorplein, Susteren.
Ter Apel:
- Museum for monastic and ecclesiastical history and religious art in Ter Apel Domus Novae Lucis (medieval monastery). Also contemporary art. NL)
- Museum for Religious Art. Art from the Middle Ages till now. Also modern and contemporary religious art, e.g. Frans Verhaak, Albert Troost and De Tilburgse School. (NL)
- Museum Catharijneconvent. The permanent collection of Museum Catharijneconvent comprises unique historical and art-historical exhibits ranging from the early mediaeval period to the 21st century. This collection offers an insight into the Christian art and cultural history of the Netherlands and its influence on Dutch society. (NL, E)
- Museum Land van Valkenburg. Has a Charles Eyck room. Regularly expositions about catholic artists living in Limburg. (NL)
- Van Gogh House. Van Gogh lived and worked here during his time in Drenthe. (NL)
- Heiligenbeeldenmuseum Kranenburg, H. Antonius van Paduakerk, Ruurloseweg 101, Vorden. About saints and their statues. (NL)
- Gemeentemuseum (Municipal Museum) Weert, location Jacob van Horne, is housed in the former town hall on the Markt in Weert. Shows religious art with one of the best collections of old art of Limburg. Also about Franciscan art and culture. (NL)
- Museum De Weem, Abt Emopad 2 in Westeremden. (NL, D)
- Museum for Ecclesiastical Art. Liturgical robes, silverware, sculptures, paintings and other liturgical objects. Open in Summer. (NL)
- Vincent van Gogh Huis, museum about Van Gogh in the village of his birth. With information about Van Gogh and a growing collection of artworks. With expositions. (NL)