construction: ‘the fall' (limited access)

November 15, 2021 - November, 25 2021

From 15 to 25 November, we will be working on the construction of The Fall, Scottish sound artist Susan Philipsz’s first solo exhibition in the Netherlands. During this construction period, we have limited opening hours. Below, you will find more information about the construction, the accessibility of the Oude Kerk during this period and the work of art itself. We will reopen our doors in accordance with regular opening hours on 26 November, at which time you will be able to see and hear Philipsz’s sound installation.

visiting the oude kerk during the construction period?
Are you curious about the construction and would you like to visit the Oude Kerk during the construction period? Come by during regular opening hours. Admission is free, as only one of the chapels is accessible during this period; we will welcome you with coffee and tea. From the St Sebastian Chapel, you can not only catch a glimpse of the construction process, but also watch the restoration of the Mirror Room. Our staff will be happy to explain the construction process, the sound installation itself as well as the restoration. If you would like to know more about the restoration of the Mirror Room, please click here.
Please note: the church is closed on 24 and 25 November.

about the installation
This autumn, Scottish sound artist Susan Philipsz (b. Glasgow, 1965) will have her first Dutch solo exhibition in the Oude Kerk. The starting point of Philipsz’s new work is the music of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1561-1621). Sweelinck, the Netherlands’ most famous composer, was buried in the Oude Kerk 400 years ago. After the Reformation, Sweelinck laid the foundation for the public organ concerts in the Oude Kerk and young organists from all over Europe came to Amsterdam to be taught by him. This autumn, Philipsz will be exploring the unique acoustics of the oldest building in the city by her arrangements of Sweelinck’s music. Making her voice ring out in a monumental setting, she will shed new light on the architecture and space around us. The installation will allow you to see the monumental surroundings of the Oude Kerk like you never have before.

The installation is made possible by and in collaboration with Susan Philipsz, her studio and our permanent construction team, Anything is Possible.