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Broken Circle/Spiral Hill is the only Land Art work by Robert Smithson in Europe. It was made in 1971 within the framework of the event 'Sonsbeek beyond lawn and order'

Plans exists to build a visitors centre to make the work more accessible, but it is currently only open for visits during work hours and in the weekend on a number of sundays.

During the visit you can view an exhibition room and afterwards you can follow a walk through the quarry to the artwork Broken Circle/Spiral Hill. There is also a screening of the film made by Nancy Holt.


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Instructions for a visit to Broken Circle/Spiral Hill

The work can be viewed from Monday to Friday from 08:00hrs until 16:00hrs. Visitors should report to the office at Emmerhoutstraat which is next door to number 138.

De Boer
Emmerhoutstraat 150
7814XX Emmen
The Netherlands

Entrance fee

5 euro p.p.

Children under sixteen years only have access to the quarry if accompanied by an adult.

During the holiday seasons from June to August and from December to January the quarry can be closed. We advise you to first contact us, during these periods, by telephone or e-mail.

Nancy Holt (1938 - 2014)

Nancy Holt (1938 - 2014)

In spite of the fogbank in the quarry that is holding up the sunbeams for such a long time in my life, you gave me a great gift: you gave me a brilliant day. - Gerard

Impression of The Broken Circle/Spiral Hill

2011 caught in 5 drawings

Experiences of a pilgrimage to Broken Circle Spiral Hill

Photos and drawings only used by permission.
© Gerard de Boer

Interesting details about Broken Circle/Spiral Hill

Video Cas Hieltjes

29 January 2011

Visit Nancy Holt at 'Broken Circle/Spiral Hill', a brilliant day.

20 May 2011

Recordings for the film BREAKING GROUND:BROKEN CIRCLE/SPIRAL HILL (1971-2011) by Nancy Holt.

18 June 2011

Completion of 'Broken Circle/Spiral Hill' 40 years ago (1971).

19 June 2011

Opening event 'Sonsbeek beyond lawn and order' 40 years ago (1971).

17 September 2011

(World)premiere film BREAKING GROUND: BROKEN CIRCLE/SPIRAL HILL (1971-2011) by Nancy Holt at the cinema Utopolis in Emmen.

17 September 2011

Official opening of the exhibition program for the occasion of the 40th anniversary of 'Broken Circle/Spiral Hill' at the Centre for Visual Arts (CBK) in Emmen.


Presentation of the book 'Art in Continual Movement' edited by Ingrid Commandeur and Trudy van Riemsdijk-Zandee.


Exhibition: 'Robert Smithson, the invention of landscape. Broken Circle/Spiral Hill & Film 4th March to 28th May 2012'.

Museum fur Gegenwartskunst Siegen
Unteres Schloss 1
57072 Siegen


Exhibition: Robert Smithson, the Invention of Landscape - Broken Circle / Spiral Hill
January 19 - April 14, 2013
Reykjavik Art Museum Reykjavik/Iceland


Exhibition: ‘Expeditie Land Art’ Sept. 19th 2015 to jan. 3th 2016

Kunsthal Kade
Eemplein 77
3812 EA Amersfoort

Events of The Broken Circle/Spiral Hill

Event program:

During the exhibition 'Robert Smithson in Emmen Broken Circle / Spiral Hill revisited' - Centre for Visual Arts -September 17 -November 27 2011 is it possible to visit Broken Circle/Spiral Hill during the weekends, on Saturday and Sunday from 13:00 - 16:00hrs

In the weekends visitors should report at: Emmerhoutstraat 150, 7814 XX Emmen.

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