Temporary exhibition: Amsterdam is crumbling

Now on display: the photo exhibition Amsterdam is crumbling. The title refers to a New York Times article from 2021 – that much of Amsterdam’s famous canal belt was on the verge of collapse. For this exhibition, Julie Hrudová (1988) photographed six places where they are working on recovery in Amsterdam.

Six themes

The exhibition is structured around six themes, each highlighting a different aspect of the restoration work. Amsterdam is Crumbling explores the role of residents, the development of nature during the restorations, the delicate balance between safety and beauty, and the dilemmas that arise from these considerations. How do we keep the canals beautiful, authentic, liveable, and safe while taking into account the limitations imposed by the World Heritage status?


Audio tour

The audio tour tells the stories of experts, residents, and municipal staff who shed light on the complexity and magnitude of the issues. Kilometers of quay walls are being reinforced or replaced. What impact does it all have on Amsterdam?

Julie Hrudová
Photo by Thomas Schlijper

Julie Hrudová

In her photo series, Hrudová managed to capture both the local challenges and the unexpected beauty in a vibrant documentary style, sometimes resulting in surprisingly poetic images. Hrudová previously took a weekly street photo for Het Parool between 2020 and 2021; her resulting book Chasing Amsterdam was chosen by de Volkskrant as one of the best photo books of 2022.


Monday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tus – Sun: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Closed: December 25th, January 1st and
April 27th


Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ, Amsterdam

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