Public Art. Amsterdam


Ontmoetingsplaats 21ste eeuw

Figuren en Vuur





Mensen op strand met parasol

Monument voor de Vrede



Blauwe Boog

Jongen met Haan

Papieren vliegtuigpijl


Senza Parole


Zonder moeite niets (Het Sieraad)

Herdenkingsmonument voor slachtoffers Tweede Wereldoorlog

De Wending 666/999



Het Molecularium


Zonder Titel (hekwerk poort)

Home is where the heart is: de potkachel


Strike a Pose – Wafae Ahalouch

Amsterdam, the magic center, art and counterculture 1967-1970

Schip van Slebos

De Appel

Het Bankje

Het Raam

De Oude Kerk

Het Stoepje


De Brug

De Brug


Het Zandkasteel en de Amsterdamse Poort

How to Kill a Tree, Edward Clydesdale Thomson

City Cells

Nelson Mandela

Monument tegen Apartheid en Racisme


Spanje Monument

De Muur

Gedenkteken Steven van Dorpel

De Grote Glijbaan

Yellow Wings

Dolle Mina

Man en Schaap

Hortus Botanicus

Portrait of Jan Pieterszoon Coen, J.L. Vreugde

Anton de Kom

Now, Speak!

Tayouken Piss

Monument Bijlmerramp

Sequin Monument

Mama Aisa

Zonder titel (Twee Schuine Naalden)

Nationaal Monument Slavernijverleden

Monument for Martin Luther King


Voor de Bijen

Industrieel Monument

The Black Archives


Corned Beef


Brace for Impact, Node #6

Untitled (You Don’t Have To Be Here)



Groot Landschap

De 7 poorten


De Kies

Black Waves

Tectona Grandis

Stapeling omlaag

Animaris Rhinoseros Transport

Tuinen van West

De Poort van Constant

Fietstunnel station Amsterdam CS




IJ boulevard

ADM monument

De Ceuvel



De Ceuvel

Gedenkteken Ataturk

Twee Beelden

Sunday Seminar Pay Attention Please! curating the city

Official Opening Pay Attention Please!

De Kost en de Baat

Van Eesteren Museum and Aldo van Eyck’s climbing frames

Constructie met I-balken, André Volten

Mirage, Tamás Kaszás

Rembo, Bastienne Kramer

Untitled, Margot Zanstra

Horse Chestnut, Amok Island

2 U’s naar buiten / 2 U’s naar binnen, Carel Visser

Opstandingskerk, Marius Duintjer


WOW Amsterdam

Leonard van Munster, Under Heaven 02

Lex Horn, Concrete relief Hendrik de Keyser

Het Wiel, Jeroen Henneman

Herbert Nouwens, Brettensuite

White Noise

De Wachter

Feestelijke Beelden (festive sculptures)

Your Life is Calling


Primum movens ultimum moriens

11 Rue Simon Crubellier

Lady Solid

Opgelichte Stoeptegels

Ode to Mungus, Menhir Tower and Spire

Untitled (Hildo)

The First Turk Immigrant or The Nameless Heroes of The Revolution – Framer Framed

Amsterdam, the Magic Center Art and counterculture 1967-1970, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Monument for the White Cube – P/////AKT

Monuments to the Unsung – Framer Framed

wild care, tame neglect – Frankendael Foundation

GET LOST – art route, several artists

Ode to the Bijlmer – CBK Zuidoost

Untitled (You Don’t Have To Be Here) – De Appel

We should have a conversation (2018) – De Appel

Fiep van Bodegom

Roos van Rijswijk

Alma Mathijsen

Massih Hutak

Chris Keulemans

Rashid Novaire


Art tour Amsterdam Zuid

  • permanent
  • accessible

This is a monument for the cardiologist Prof. Dr. Durrer from Amsterdam. He is regarded as the founder of cardiology in the Netherlands. Two years after his death the park was renamed Durrerplantsoen and an artwork by Lucien den Arend was commissioned in commemoration.

Primum movens ultimum moriens: that which moves first, dies last. It is the title of Dirk Durrer’s inaugural lecture, delivered at his appointment as professor of cardiology (the first in Amsterdam) in 1957. These days, the text is carved in stone on Durrerplantsoen, a part of Minervaplein dedicated to the cardiologist. Durrer is regarded as the founder of cardiology in the Netherlands. Two years after his death the small park was renamed after him and a monument by Lucien den Arend was erected in commemoration. The monument was officially unveiled by Princess Juliana in 1986.

The monument bears the same title as Durrer’s inaugural lecture and represents the aortic arch. Two parallel silver tubes are bent into a graceful curve, vertically as well as horizontally. Walking around it, the work unfolds into a dynamic interplay of lines. The work may appear abstract at first sight, but being based on the representation of a blood vessel it is actually realist.

Primium movensis an exception on this route, as it is a monument rather than an artwork. But there are all sorts of monuments. The erection of a monument always indicates something about the zeitgeist. Apart from an object of remembrance, monuments also promote prevalent issues from a specific period. As such, its form says a lot about the way the community to which it belongs sees itself. What values do they uphold? Primum movensis a monument honouring a man who was a doctor and a scientist, not a political power or a king. This fact may well reflect the values that constitute the community’s identity.

Because the audience of art in public space is hard to identify, many public artworks tend to address the masses rather than the individual. Yet Primum movensrewards the persistent (individual) spectator. It is a homage to Durrer but at the same time it functions as an autonomous artwork. It is an effective public work of art, as it opens up on multiple levels and addresses a broad audience.

More information

Primum movens ultimum moriens op de officiële website van Lucien den Arend: