Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen is art, heritage and nature in one.

The monumental Fort bij Vijfhuizen is one of the first concrete buildings in the Netherlands and part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam; a large-scale 19th-century defensive plan that was never completely put into action, and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The island is surrounded by distinct examples of Dutch country planning like the 19th century polder landscapes and 20th century suburban “Vinex” housing districts.

Since 2005 the island is a destination for art, a unique location where visual art and military heritage come together. The exhibitions mirror the fort’s surroundings: a collage of engineered landscapes showcasing the deployment of nature for a wide range of—now often outmoded—purposes.

The Kunstfort is a place where time, space, and image merge. The artistic program is inspired by the genre of science fiction—artists create alternative realities and question existing societal systems. Recurring themes are climate and landscape, border politics and defense models, technology and ritual, dystopia and apocalypse. The outcomes are presented in exhibitions, outdoor interventions, and multidisciplinary exchanges.

Kunstfort Team

Board Kunstfort Activities

Chair – Mathias Lehner

Secretary – Xander Karskens

Treasurer – Radna Rumping

Board Kunstfort Management

Chair – Mathias Lehner

Secretary – Auke van Reeuwijk

Treasurer – Boudewijn Barteling


Artistic director – Zippora Elders


Coördination Backoffice & Facility – Lisette Bockwinkel

Assistance Coördinator & Volunteers – Simone van Fulpen

Communication & Online – Charlotte Nijhuis

Education – Marcel van Kerkvoorde

Public Program – Daphne Glasmacher

Archive – Reinier Huyksloot

System management – Ralph Le Mair


Management & Technical Assistance – Gert-Jan Brok

Assistant Management– Leonard Dragman

Support Management – Frans Christis, Reinier Huyksloot, Henk van Noort, Ed Trommel, Marlène Verwoerd, Jelle van de Windt

Guided Tours

Tjitske Baarda, Gert-Jan Brok, Thea Gerritsma, Arnold de Groot, Anke van der Laan, Gerda Stevens

Public Program

Sophia Botermans, Hein van Caspel, Frans Christis, Chris van Gelderen, Elly Erftemeijer, Mildred Evers, Genevion Keune, Margreet Mayenburg, Irma Meijs, Margret Olsthoorn, Hans Rosenberg, Gerda Stevens, Mart Veldhuis, Trudy van de Zee

Kunstfort Projects

Bee Heroes – Mariken Straat, Ben Scharp

Working group heritage pavilion

Arnold de Groot, Anke van der Laan


Gert-Jan Brok

Kunstfort Team

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