In 2017, the Centraal Museum dedicated a huge exhibition to Pyke Koch (1901-1991), one of the main proponents of neo-realism and magical realism in the Netherlands. In the early 1930s, Koch made his name as an artist who could create his own, sinister world using a perfect technique. During a stay in Italy, the artist developed Fascist sympathies, which did not go down well after World War II. However, this did little to damage the popularity of this artist, who spent most of his life in Utrecht. The metres-high wall painting on Van Asch van Wijckskade (created by the artists’ cooperative De Strakke Hand) is a replica of one of Pyke Koch’s works.

> on the side wall of Van Asch van Wijckskade 4