Amsterdam Landmarks
Amsterdam Landmarks

Reconsidering architecture

Amsterdam Landmarks digital collages

Initiative, collages, animations and design Johannes Verwoerd Studio

Amsterdam Landmarks is a series of ten digital collages. An exhibition of the same name held in 2014 in Amsterdam’s City Hall, which presented the works in a large format, went viral on several news websites.

Today the series is available as a set of postcards and as 80-x-60-cm prints via Heden art gallery, which occasionally exhibits the works at various locations.



Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Amsterdam Landmarks presents a different version of the city: an Amsterdam that feels simultaneously familiar and foreign. In the photo collages, iconic buildings have been meticulously wiped off the map. Through these images, viewers are encouraged to reevaluate their surroundings and reflect on Amsterdam’s spatial planning and identity.

Something is missing, but what?
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
For inhabitants, the series functions as a practice of observation
Cityhall, Amsterdam
Central Station, Amsterdam

Erasing several buildings from the Dutch city’s map would create a fair amount of space. Many consider De Nederlandsche Bank an eyesore, and the city would be far less busy without the Rijksmuseum. But what is a city without monuments? Aren’t De Waag and the Concertgebouw part of Amsterdam’s identity? And despite Dam Square’s crowdedness, don’t we prefer to see the Royal Palace as we cycle through the plaza?

Amsterdam Landmarks serves an intervention, but not necessarily as art
Cityhall, Amsterdam

What if we returned the newly flattened land to Mother Earth, or filled it with housing blocks? What if urban planning could be reconsidered from a blank slate? It’s up to the viewer to determine what meaning these hypothetical cityscapes hold for the city.

Cityhall, Amsterdam
Sometimes less is more.

The full-colour catalogue, containing the entire collection printed on extra-large postcard format (A5) with an exclusively designed case, can be ordered here for €10 excluding shipping (€3.95 within the Netherlands). Order Here

For print sales, please contact Heden Gallery.