Refresh Amsterdam

11 December 2020 to 25 July 2021

Refresh Amsterdam is a collaborative project on urban culture with work by contemporary makers, on display in our museum and at various locations in the city. The theme of this first edition is 'Sense of place'.

From 11 December 2020 Refresh Amsterdam will be on show at the Amsterdam Museum and various locations in the city. This is a biannual manifestation about Amsterdam city culture with works by contemporary makers. The theme of this edition is ‘Sense of place’. The exhibition at the Amsterdam Museum will feature works by over twenty-five artists (and collectives) from various disciplines, offering many perspectives on Amsterdam and its cultural diversity.

Perceptions of a city
‘Sense of place’ is about people and their perception of a location. Cities like Amsterdam are always in flux. The culture of a neighborhood, the quality of the living environment and processes such as migration, gentrification and the impact of the colonial past, affect the way people relate to a certain place and whether they can feel at home there. Refresh Amsterdam, the ‘Sense of place’ edition, begins with the awareness that urban culture consists of the experiences of people from many backgrounds, networks and traditions, that are in constant change.

25 artists
The participating artists are Tyna Adebowale, Goeun Bae, Brian Elstak, Camara Gueye, Antonio José Guzman, Nicoline van Harskamp, Raquel van Haver, Tja Ling Hu, Daniel Jacoby, Elisa van Joolen, KIP Republic, Bas Kosters, Yunjoo Kwak, Jaasir Linger,Tirzo Marta, Suat Ögüt, Kevin Osepa, Antonis Pittas, Judith Quax, Simon(e) van Saarloos, Tamara Shogaolu, The Shadows Assembly, Dustin Thierry, United Painting en We Sell Reality.

A collaborative project
This first edition of Refresh Amsterdam is organized together with leading artistic and cultural organizations across Amsterdam: De Appel, CBK Zuidoost, Compagnietheater, OSCAM, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, SEXYLAND and The Black Archives. Several artists will also take part in the Refresh Amsterdam programming of partner organizations in the city.

Various works have been supported by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Stichting Stokroos. 

More information about everything and everyone who has been involved with Refresh Amsterdam can be found at