The 34th edition of Kunstlijn or Art line Haarlem will take place from the 1st to the 3rd of November. This time, ‘Unlimited limited’ is the theme of this annual contemporary art display.

In the Sociëteit Vereeniging, Mayor Jos Wienen and Joke Breemouer, director of the Kunstlijn, will announce the official opening of the art-filled weekend. They will be accompanied by singer-songwriter Yorick van Norden and the Haarlem Ballet School.

For most artists, the studio represents a place free of limitations where their thoughts and ideas can materialise. For that reason, and because the studio has traditionally been the basis of the Kunstlijn, this title has been chosen as a thematic metaphor for the dream place, the hill of refuge or paradise: Unlimited limited.

Varied programme: 

The entire Kunstlijnweekend is all about contemporary art and the developments therein. With almost 300 participating artists, showcasing their work at over 175 studios, shops, museums and galleries, every art lover will find what they are looking for. Specially assembled exhibitions can be seen in the Town Hall (Hori & Van der Meijs), the Provinciehuis (‘A Voyage Through a Gallery’s Skin’) and the Sociëteit Vereeniging (‘Aplomb’). Locations that are sometimes overlooked, such as the Wijngaardtuin, the Stadskunstkamer, the new hotel the Nui Dairy and the Kweekcafé will also host exhibitions. The Waarderpolder works well at various locations and the surrounding municipalities of Velsen, Heemstede, and Bloemendaal also have various exhibitions.

The youth:

This time the Kunstlijn offers children a varied program: the second edition of the KinderKunstroute, ‘Haarlemse Masters 2.0’ in Museum Haarlem and ‘Fabeldieren & Fantasie’ in the Noord-Hollands Archief. Teenagers may enjoy the ‘Urban Art Expo’ where they can look for art on the street, made by students of the Stedelijk Gymnasium. The new Yellow Light initiative links young artists to ten companies in the city center. They make a work of art especially for these companies and that provides an interesting art route for young people.

The retrospective can be seen in Art Center Haarlem on Gedempte Oude Gracht 117-121 from Saturday 19 October to Saturday 9 November.


The map can be found in the Kunstlijner, a 48-page newspaper. The Kunstlijner can be picked up for free before and during the Kunstlijn weekend at the Kunstcentrum Haarlem, the VVV and many other Kunstlijn locations. A new feature is that this year’s map can also be found in the free door-to-door papers, which will be on sale on 22 October.

Admission is free.