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.
The organization Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen consists of Stichting Kunstfort Activiteiten (SKA, Anbi status and responsible for the artistic activities) and Stichting Kunstfort Beheer (SKB, owner of the real estate and responsible for rental income). The Kunstfort is managed according to the board + management model. An artistic director has been appointed (SKA) and a business manager (SKB). The board controls the financial, but also legal and artistic policy and advises the management. Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen follows the principles of Cultural Governance.
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The wages for employees are in accordance with the GCC. These standards are not exceeded. The allowance fees received by the board members follow the GCC and are below the maximum of untaxed fees for volunteers.