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15 November 2021
Mariette Dölle new director Oude Kerk Amsterdam

The Supervisory Board of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam is pleased to announce the appointment of Mariette Dölle as director of the Oude Kerk. She succeeds Jacqueline Grandjean, who in recent years has successfully established the Oude Kerk as a leading art institution that brings art, heritage and music together in a contemporary way. Dölle is currently director of Museum Kranenburgh and will take up the position in the Oude Kerk from February 2022. Together with the team, she will further expand the current role and positioning of Amsterdam’s oldest building, in which both the local connection and international reputation will be central.

“We are delighted that in Mariette Dölle, we have found an inspired museum director with a proven talent for creating exhibitions that reflect the spirit of the age. She knows how to combine contemporary art and heritage in a topical and convincing manner. We are convinced that Mariette Dölle will be able to further strengthen the position of the Oude Kerk in the Amsterdam community as well as within the (inter)national cultural sector, thus continuing on the path that has been marked out as a leading contemporary art institute,” says Tjepco van Voorst Vader, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Oude Kerk Amsterdam.

Mariette Dölle: “It is a great adventure to be allowed to lead this prestigious institution that programmes large-scale site-specific solo presentations by leading national and international artists. The Oude Kerk has become a place where the public loves to come to be inspired by exceptional art projects and to enjoy the extensive public programme, all in Amsterdam’s oldest monument; it is this combination that I am happy to dedicate myself to. For me, Amsterdam is a city of monuments, art and history, but also the city where people shape the future every day. The ongoing dialogue between then and now comes together in a unique way in the Oude Kerk.

about Mariette Dölle

Mariette Dölle (1965) is currently director of Museum Kranenburgh, museum for modern and contemporary art in Bergen. Previously, she was artistic director of TENT, Rotterdam’s podium for contemporary art. Dölle regularly advises on cultural policy, participates in juries, is a board member of AVL Mundo in Rotterdam and chairs ArtTable, the national association for female leadership in the arts.

about the Oude Kerk
The Oude Kerk is the oldest building in Amsterdam (1306) and one of the largest patrons of (inter)national artists in the Netherlands, especially in the area of in situ/site-specific and new work. Artists are always given ample time to prepare for a presentation together with the curators of the Oude Kerk, through the process of slow curating. For the coming period, presentations by Susan Philipsz, Antonio Obá and Ibrahim Mahama are planned. The Oude Kerk also runs an extensive public programme including concerts and performances.


© Michel Claus