Concept & Artists

70 Visual artists take possession of the historic building during UtrechtDownUnder 2020 with contemporary art in the old library.
Nationally and internationally renowned artists and upcoming talent show recent work on 5000 square meters.

Participating artists

Mazen Alashkar, Vesuhely Americaan, Cindy Bakker, Kostana Banovic, Emmy Beenken, Annabelle Binnerts, Maze de Boer, Anke van den Borne, Chantal Breukers, Noor van der Brugge, Francine Claassen, Robbie Cornelissen, Maarten Dekker, René Eicke, Maarten Fijan, Anne Forest, Tim de Gier, Jasper Hagenaar, Frank Halmans, Matthijs Hannink, Elise’t Hart, raQuel van Haver, Inge van Heerde, Sam Hersbach, Luuk Huiskes, Joost de Jonge, Ienke Kastelein, Marie-Line Kercret, Maria Klaassen Andrianova, Paul Klemann, Goof Kloosterman, Britte Koolen, Amerentske Koopman, Janneke Kornet, Maaike Kramer, Uli Kürner, Sadik Kwaisk Alfreji, Felipe van Laar, Bas Lobik, Jeroen van Loon, Bart Lunenburg, Jonny Mehrez, Ronald Nijhof, Bas Oussoren, Joyce Overheul, Temra Pavlovic, Tom Putman, Cecilia Rebergen, Sonja de Ridder, Kyra de Rooij, Maurice de Rooij, Lieve Rutte, Thomas Sadee, Fernando Sanchez Castillo, Jolanda Schouten, SETUP, Alf Slegers, Roland Sohier, Jonathan Stavleu, Julius Stibbe, Jonathan Straatman, The Critic, Art van Triest, Anouk van Zwieten, Jop Vissers Vorstenbosch, Rachel van Vliet, Nicole Voorzaat, Lou Vos, Jur de Vries, Carien Vugts.


In six different sections, 70 artists will be presenting their latest work. As it is, the library invites the public to come and ‘read’ the art. As libraries do, there will be categorizing, according to genre, which is where the concept of the exhibition and the meaning of the location meet.
This categorizing highlights the mentality, the starting position of the initial development and making of several works. Obviously, there is a risk in wanting to label artists. However, with the philosophy of Edward de Bono * in mind, I honestly believe that I have not harmed the uniqueness of any of the artists. Energy and passion are always tangible and the paradigms underneath the development of different works are different. Also, and that goes without saying, every artist has developed a completely unique and personal work of art, even in their category. Driven either by a carefully considered purpose or by impulse.

The CRITICAL MINDS & IDEALISTS react to social structures and problems in our society.

MATTER SEDUCERS base their work firstly on the properties of the material they use, as well as the beauty that comes with it.

The DREAMERS & ROMANTICS invite you into their daydreams. Longing for times past and the aesthetics of the classics are starting points for their works.

The QUIET & SLOW focus on form, hue, found shadows and skin. They embrace minimalist principles like rhythm, order and reduction.

The TRANSFORMERS throw a light on our visual reality and give it a twist, or sometimes a royal spin.

For the INVESTIGATORS & INVENTORS the process is more important than the outcome. This is the lab. Concepts are born from true curiosity.

Composition of the exhibition

The curatorship of this edition of UtrechtDownUnder is by Elaine Vis.