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Arie Schippers, Arcam, 2022 – Acrylic paint on canvas

Amsterdam, Day and Night – an exhibition of work by Arie Schippers

Press release | 15 February 2023 | Museum of the Canals Amsterdam


On 2 March 2023, the Museum of the Canals is presenting an exhibition of work by Arie Schippers in collaboration with the Tim Killiam Foundation. The jury for the Tim Killiam Prize has chosen Arie Schippers as the winner of the very first edition of the prize.

Arie Schippers (1952)
Schippers enjoyed his education at the Rotterdam Academy and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (State Academy of Visual Arts) in Amsterdam. In 1977 he won the Prix de Rome for painting and in 2016 he was awarded the Sacha Tanja Penning. He is also a sculptor and his works include Long Walk to Freedom (2012), the monument to Nelson Mandela in The Hague. The thirty-four Amsterdam cityscapes that can be seen in this exhibition were largely made in the period 1994-2006. Schippers has also created several new works especially for this exhibition.

For years, Arie Schippers drove through Amsterdam in his minivan and painted hundreds of cityscapes, most of them in the suburbs and on the edges of the city, and a few in the centre. ‘The city centre belongs to Breitner,’ he says. ‘And in the centre, you can’t just park your van wherever you want.’ Schippers has a generous eye by nature who paints everything he can see: an invalid cart, containers, logos on buildings, strangely parked lorries, bottle banks, bus shelters and billboard advertisements of cars as big as the cars parked next to them; it all gets included.

‘We are delighted to be soon showing thirty-four of his best works in a retrospective exhibition. His works are all typically Amsterdam, not the iconic, world-famous buildings, but depicting the frayed edges of the city. It will offer a wonderful contrast to the classic period rooms in our museum.’ – Martijn Bosch, Director Museum of the Canals

The exhibition can be seen from 2 March to 4 June 2023 in the Museum of the Canals.


Tim Killiam Prize
The Tim Killiam Prize is an initiative of the Tim Killiam Foundation, the foundation responsible for managing the estate of architect, draftsman and photographer Tim Killiam (1947-2014). Among many other things, Killiam was the creator and publisher of the Amsterdam Canal Guide. The Tim Killiam Prize is intended for creators who make an original or valuable contribution to the image of the city of Amsterdam. The jury for the Tim Killiam Award selected Arie Schippers as the winner of the very first edition of the award.


Museum of the Canals
The Museum of the Canals brings the history of Amsterdam and the canal belt to life, giving us an insight into the identity of the city. The museum challenges visitors to deepen their relationship with Amsterdam. The story of the Amsterdam canals is told in an accessible, imaginative and experiential way, showing the relationships between the past, present and future.


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