Art and culture
The art of Zeeland
Roots of art, routes of art
Now known to many as the artistic capital of Zeeland, the village of Domburg grew into an artist’s colony at the turn of the former (19th) century. Devotees included Piet Mondriaan, and Jan and Charley Toorop, impassioned by the exceptional light of the Walcheren peninsula. You’ll find a splendid overview of the artists drawn to Domburg in the Marie Tak van Poortvliet museum – and as you stroll down the ‘In het licht van Toorop en Mondriaan’ trail. Come May, the Week of the Artist (‘Schildersweek’) is a beacon of allure to many a Dutch and foreign artist.
As clear as the light which has long enticed artists here, Zeeland to this today is a magnet for artists and art lovers. The landscape, the rhythmic sea and its unique light pulls them. Brushed broadly across the region, you’ll find strokes of routes laid out for those lovers. Galleries galore, studios spread out. Tips for an admirer like you? Follow the networks of bike and walking trails amongst the statues and sculptures in Vlissingen. A similar route in Terneuzen complements the rich De Kunstschouw route on Schouwen-Duiveland, a ribbon linking 200 artists through some dozen villages. Ayonder on our eastern island, a two-day-long sash will grab you in the kunstroute Tholen. Wind up your summer wanderings during two August weekends along the Kunstspoor op Noord-Beveland linking all the artefacts and galleries of the island. Now, unravel all that – we dare you!