Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten
Sarphatistraat 470
NL-1018 GW Amsterdam
The Netherlands
+31 (0)20 52 70 300

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Route directions

The Rijksakademie is located in the former Kavallerie-Kazerne, near the centre of Amsterdam. The building is situated next to the Muiderpoort, close to the Tropenmuseum and Artis zoo and within easy reach of the NS stations. There is wheelchair access to the greater part of the building.

By private transport

  • Follow the eastern section of the Amsterdam ring road, direction Den Haag, take exit S113/Watergraafsmeer, see further under E.

  • Follow the southern section of the Amsterdam ring road, direction Amersfoort, take exit S113/Watergraafsmeer, (immediately after S112), see further under E.

  • The A2 motorway continues into exit S110; you are now on Utrechtseweg. Turn right at the end of Utrechtseweg, with the Amstel river on your right, this is first President Kennedylaan and then Amsteldijk. Continue until the T-junction, turn right, cross the river, you are now on Mauritskade. Follow this road (through the tunnel) and turn left at the first bridge (Korte 's-Gravesandestraat). At the end is Sarphatistraat, turn right. The Rijksakademie (no. 470) is the third large building on your right.

  • Follow the northern section of the Amsterdam ring road direction Utrecht, take exit S113/Watergraafsmeer (several kilometres after exit S114), see further under E.

  • You are now on Middenweg, which continues into Linnaeusstraat. Turn left at the roundabout, then right over the bridge and immediately left again. You are now on Sarphatistraat with the Rijksakademie on your left.

By public transport

  • Take the metro or express tram 51 [sneltram], get off at Weesperplein (see further under E. Alternatively, take tram 14 (direction Flevopark), get off at Alexanderplein (walk back a short distance to Sarphatistraat and go left).

  • Take the metro or express tram 51 [sneltram] direction Central Station, get off at Weesperplein (see further under E).

  • Schiphol Station (direction Amsterdam), get off at Central Station (see further under 1) or at World Trade Centre / RAI Station (see further under D).

  • Take the express tram [sneltram] 51 (direction Central Station), get off at Weesperplein (see further under E).

  • Take tram 7 (direction Azartplein), get off at Alexanderplein (2 stops, you are now in front of the building) or tram 19 (direction Diemen), get off at Alexanderplein (walk back a short distance to Sarphatistraat and go left). Alternatively: walk along Sarphatistraat in the direction of Muiderpoort (about 5 minutes).

Rijksakademie, History, Contact

For over 150 years, the Rijksakademie has been invested in artistic development and forward-thinking art.

Departing from the vision that artists play an essential role in an open and innovative society, we create the conditions for artists to thrive, and to keep reimagining the transformative power of art.

In our residency programme we house an artist community that is highly international, multi-disciplinary, experimental and critically engaged. Up to 50 artists are open to challenging themselves, and to working alongside positions that are vastly different from their own. Spending up to two years in residence, they enter into an open-ended process where they can deepen their practices, and explore new territories, in and beyond the art field.

Residents benefit from an array of opportunities for exchange, including peer to peer dialogue and visits from a wide range of leading art professionals. They have access to technical workshops, and guidance by technical specialists, who foster hands-on, innovative and collaborative approaches to making, as well as an extensive library and a historical collection.

Each year our Open Studios enables the artists to share their work with wider audiences in ambitious and imaginative ways. The public can also connect with the creative life of the Rijksakademie through our programme of lectures, performances and screenings that explore contemporary artistic practices and debates.

Rijksakademie alumni are active in diverse artistic and social contexts and their work can be found in art biennials, exhibitions and collections, through artist platforms or grassroots initiatives around the world.