Stichting Kunst in het Stations­gebied wil permanente en tijdelijke beeldbepalende kunstwerken tot stand brengen in en rond Hoog Catharijne en Utrecht Centraal Station.


Public rehearsal

22.05 – 29.05.2012

From 22 up to and including 29 May, various works of art will be displayed in and around Hoog Catharijne. This temporary exhibition is the first of a series of art projects in the Stationsgebied. Go here [link to projects try out] for works on display. Art in public spaces can make an essential contribution to the character and identity of the area, hence the ambition of the municipality of Utrecht and the Stichting Kunst in het Stationsgebied to realise visually dominant works of art. A programme of temporary art installations, performances, film evenings, audio and video works and exploratory expeditions precedes these permanent works of art.

Version RUNWAY (Lamps #21)

Idan Hayosh, 2012

Construction of version Runway (Lamps #21)

Photos found on the Internet of military deployments are the basis for the impressive light installations by Idan Hayosh (born in 1979 in Israel, living and working in Amsterdam). A photo of a runway made from a plane right before landing inspired him to make version RUNWAY (Lamps #21), which refers to that exciting moment right before the plane hits the ground, during which anything is possible. In the abandoned store is the tight formation of stroboscopes. Once a sensor detects movement, the lamps and sound are activated. The repetitive crackling and bright lights ensure an overwhelming effect.

Gildenkwartier, opposite the Media Markt, on-going

This work was made possible with the support of the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. With thanks to Ajax Chubb Varel.

Living Sculptures: Caesar, Dali Woman, El Che

Christian Jankowski, 2007

Living sculptures are a familiar sight in the city. But are these real artists or not? German artist Christian Jankowski (born in 1968 in Germany, living/working in Berlin) was fascinated by the street artists in Barcelona and created three bronze images of them: the elegant woman inspired by work by Dali, Che Guevara and Julius Caesar. All of them are standing or sitting at another entrance to Hoog Catharijne; (art) historical figures who have become part of our popular culture. By accurately imitating someone else's imitation, Jankowski plays with the artistic copyright and our sense of value and authenticity.

Caesar: Jaarbeursplein
Dali Woman: Clarenburg escalators
El Che: Godebaldkwartier entrance

Shopping Centre, the first international of Shopping Malls

LIGNA, 2012

Credits photo: Tanja Dorendorf / T &T fotografie

A shopping centre is more than a stack of bricks and merchandise. What if the shop-windows and products could talk? Do they tell about desires and hope or merely transience? This performance gives them a voice. Participants receive headphones and hear stories and instructions via a radio transmitter. The shopping mall experience was produced by the German group LIGNA (Ole Frahm, Michael Hueners and Torsten Michaelsen). With their interactive radio shows, they attempt to motivate the audience to test the written and unwritten rules of the (public) space. Spectators participate in a subtle conspiracy in order to disappear unnoticed afterwards.
This is the only work that requires the purchase of a ticket. These are available for 14 euro or 11 euro if you buy them via Ticket sales and assembly from 30 minutes prior to the start, in the shop opposite Hunkemoller, Boven Vredenburg 7.

Have a look at the following films for inspiration:

The radio show lasts for 60 minutes. Tickets are 11 or 14 euro. Click here for tickets.

  • Thursday 24 May: 5.00 pm and 8.00 pm
  • Friday 25 May: 5.00 pm
  • Saturday 26 May: 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm

Part of Ciudades Paralelas / Parallel Cities van Festival a/d Werf.

Silvio Berlusconi’s Watch

Alberto de Michele, 2010

Despite the fact that it is shown at most of the locations, this is the most indistinctive work of this public rehearsal. Almost everyone walks right past it because it resembles an advertisement for expensive watches. However, at the place where sales information is usually found, you can read the intriguing story of the artist's quest for the watch that once belonged to Berlusconi and his father. This is where De Michele (born in 1980 in Italy and moved to the Netherlands when he was 10) describes how the watch fell into the hands of the underworld and how he eventually buys it back. It is up to us whether we believe the story or not, as with every advert.

On the moving advertising column in Hoog Catharijne, on-going

With thanks to Centercom.

One Minutes

Photo credits: Maartje Jacquet, Eyebowthreading

One Minutes are short films of exactly sixty seconds. Since its establishment in 1998, over 10,000 of them have been created and shown at film festivals and exhibitions. Especially for Kunst in het Stationsgebied, a selection of sixteen appealing international One Minutes were selected about shopping and shopping centres. From window-shopping in Moscow to depilation in New York.
V&D, Mango fitting room, parterre, on-going V&D, lingerie cash desk, first floor, on-going V&D, La Place toilet, fourth floor, on-going

With films by
Willehad Eilers: Thumbs up part 2, 2005
Tang Nanan: Balloon, 2002

Maartje Jaquet: New York Shoe shine, 2009
Eckhard Kruse: Better than ever, 2011
Jasper van Es: Benauwd, 2008
Maartje Jaquet: Moskou, 500p, 2012
Stephanie Kratz: Fliegen I, 1999

Tilmann Meyer Faje_Chisinau, Central Market, 2009
Zhang Chi: Lost, 2005
Ziad Tareq: A new beginning, 2008
Inge Meijer: id, 2009
Maartje Jaquet: New York, Eyebrow threading: 2009
Ryan Oduber: Surface, 2004

ersijn Broersen: Wallpaper 9, 2001

Jing Jian_Wuhan: Homeless, 2009

Lotje van Lieshout: New York, Herald Square, 2009

With thanks to The One Minutes foundation and Beamsystems.


Julius Popp, 2007

German artist Julius Popp: (born in 1973 in Germany, living/working in Leipzig) deploys technology to create works on the edge of art and science. In the centre of Hoog Catharijne is a huge water printer which drops an endless stream of words in the form of water drops. Every word is visible for a few seconds only. The words and slogans are automatically taken live from frequently visited news sites. Bit.fall thus symbolises the endless stream of information we are daily confronted with as well as the speed with which values and meanings change.

Radboudkwartier, on-going

Discovery makes a film about Bit.fall, watch it here: