Klein-Schreuder Sculpture Garden


Fiesta in the Sculpture Garden

Every year on 16 April, l'Alfàs del Pi commemorates the fact that on this day in 1836 the municipality became independent at the separation from the Barony of Polop. Since 2010, the Premi L'Alfàs is also awarded annually on 16 April. This year the prize goes to Johannes P. Klein and Johanna Schreuder of the Klein-Schreuder Foundation.

"This prize was created to appreciate the heritage of our municipality. On this occasion, we want to recognize the wonderful work that the Klein-Schreuder Foundation is doing to promote culture and art", explained Mayor Vicente Arques.

Both Johannes and Johanna thanked the municipality of l'Alfàs del Pi for presenting this award, "for the trust and dedication they show to our Foundation, which after 20 years of hard work and many investments have enabled us to create the sculpture garden that you can see today."

To celebrate the award ceremony, the municipality organized a festive gathering in the garden with an extensive breakfast and music by a clarinet quartet.

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The founders and the board of the foundation were greatly praised. The garden enjoys regional, but also national and international fame and the contribution to art, culture and tourism are very valuable for the municipality. Recently, the garden was also recognized as one of the ten most beautiful in the Valencian Community.

Finally, the guests took a walk through the garden. The garden was again much praised.

Christmas in Difficult Times

xmas2020First of all we, that is, the board of the Klein-Schreuder Foundation, wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The garden will be open during the holidays for our regular opening hours, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This means that we are closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

2020 was a turbulent year. The exhibition of work by Zélia Rocha was on show in the garden for half a year but due to corona we first had to postpone the inauguration and later cancel it altogether.

The garden has less visitors despite the fact that you can easily maintain a social distance of 100 meters there. The garden is beautiful in all seasons, an oasis of calm in a turbulent world. With 40 art works in the permanent collection a visit to the garden is a ´fiesta’ even without a temporary exhibition.

You are welcome to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone to get more information and for making an appointment to visit the garden (also for groups) outside our regular opening hours.

See you in the garden!

The garden is open again!

rozen180Hurrah, since the 11th of May the garden is once again open for public visits. You are welcome on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm and on weekdays by prior appointment via e-mail or phone only.

Please note that you must keep a distance of 2 meters between each other (which of course is no problem in the garden) and wear a face mask while arriving and leaving.

The garden offers a splendid walk in an oasis of silence. Also the exhibition of art by Zélia Rocha can be seen till September 21st (see article and catalogue download below).

Zélia Rocha: Metamorphosis

rocha250Although the garden is now closed due to the corona virus restrictions, we will have our exhibition of Zélia Rocha's works in place in the garden from April 5th as originally planned. Unfortunately there will be no festive inauguration this time.

Zélia Rocha is Portuguese, a teacher of foreign languages and a long term artist. She has participated in over a hundred exhibitions, working in polymer and iron. The latter is not so strange, as her father was a blacksmith. She loves the colour of rust, all her iron works are made of old, re-used materials.

“I am attracted to iron pieces like old tools, that are put away and are broken or no longer used, and am inspired to give them a new life," says Zélia.

"I keep collecting old chunks of iron, and all of a sudden, I grab a few and match them creating a new piece by hammering, sawing and welding together. This doing transports me to an ironic, dreamlike orb, in which I see the world as a cleaner and more organized place".

At this moment we regrettably don't know when we'll be allowed to re-open the sculpture park. But as soon as the corona restrictions have been lifted you're most welcome to come and see or buy Zélia Rocha's works and to visit the garden again.

Update: You can now download a catalogue (PDF) where you can see Zélia Rocha's works as they are exhibited in the garden.

Christmas in the Garden

flam200In the first place we, the management of the Klein-Schreuder Foundation, wish all friends of the garden a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The garden will be open in the festive period on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm. We are closed on Christmas Day and on New Year’s Day.

The current exhibition by Jean Groenendijk stays open till 5 January. Jean has reduced the prices by ten percent. From 5 April till 17 May 2020 we expect an exhibition of sculptures by the Portuguese artist Zélia Rocha and more information will appear in the spring newsletter.

The foundation has bought two flamingos from Georgie Poulariani. They are now busy fishing in our pond. He is very successful in Qatar, and the prices of his work are rising fast.

spath250Eleven of our twelve Chorisias have flowered this year, beautiful! The Spathodea is also in the spirit of flowering (see photo).

Johanna has placed a small bronze in the garden, titled Why. It shows four boys, three running and one sad looking, sitting, he has lost a leg.

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Hoping to see you in the garden,

The management of the Foundation

Jean Groenendijk

blondy120From the 6th of October we will be showing an exhibition of works by the Dutch sculptor Jean Groenendijk in the sculpture garden. Jean Groenendijk was born in The Hague in 1943. He says about himself:

"I am a self-taught sculptor ‘pur sang’ and I make sculptures that show a great vitality and power. Some sculptures have classical lines but because of my way of working they are clearly contemporary with a typical form and balance.

In summer I usually search for marble and at the same time look for inspiration under the Portuguese sun. I spend the last part of winter in Spain to include the southern temperament in my sculptures. Thereafter I use the summer for casting those sculptures that are suited to bronze.”

The exhibition is from October 6th to January 5th. Because of his health the artist is unfortunately unable to attend, so there will be no festive inauguration this time.

As usual the garden is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm and on weekdays after an appointment by phone or e-mail.

A Successful Opening

The inauguration on Sunday 7th April of our anniversary exhibition 20 Years of the Sculpture Garden (see the article below) was a great success. 150 people came to talk with the artists, listen to a guitar concert by three guitarists, among them Vicente Ballester, and to enjoy the special snacks. The wine was appreciated and the weather was fine.

10 artists put 20 sculptures in the garden of the Fundación Klein-Schreuder till June 30th: Antonio Mari, Hanna Gerlind Glauner, Salvador Molla, Vicente Pérez Gonzálvez, Monique Neyzen, Alejandro Cremades and Antonio Imbernon have held solo exhibitions in the garden before. Jan Keijsers, Georgie Poulariani and Quico Torres are new participants.

Clip lalfas has made a video report of the opening which you can watch below. Come and see the exhibition for yourself, you will be surprised!

Twenty Years of the Sculpture Garden

This year we are celebrating twenty years of the Sculpture Garden. The land was bought in 1996 and in 1999 the ploughing and construction of the house was completed. In that same year the first sculpture was placed in the garden, The Acrobat, made by Iris Le Rütte.

"My child, what have you started?" (Mother Schreuder, 1996)

We will be celebrating the anniversary with an exhibition of twenty sculptures by ten artists, seven of whom have exhibited in the garden during the past twenty years.

The inauguration will be on Sunday 7th of April at 11 am in the splendid palm garden. We expect a great party and have arranged for an exciting guitar concert with three guitarists, Vicente Ballester, Diana Martínez and Irene Sala. We will serve wine and snacks and hope to receive a lot of guests.

jubileumThe exhibition will be open until the 30th of June. The entrance fee is as usual € 5 which is used for the maintenance of the garden. If you have an annual pass (€ 18 for two persons), you may of course use it.

The seven artists who have previously exhibited in the garden are Alejandro Cremades, Hanna Gerlind Glauner, Antonio Imbernón, Antonio Mari, Salvador Molla, Monique Neyzen and Vicente Pérez Gonzálvez. The three newcomers are Georgie Poulariani, Quico Torres and Jan Keijsers.

A cordial welcome to the inauguration of the anniversary exhibition!

Contact us

Fundación Klein-Schreuder
Cami del Pinar 23, 03580 Alfaz del Pi (Alicante), Spain

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