Exploring the vibrant and rich history of Castrum Peregrini is an ongoing process for the organisations friends, artists, scholars and journalists

If you are interested in (our) history you can consult our library and archive. Please get in contact for an appointment.

Dutch readers please click here for a historic overview by Michael Defuster.




A group of youngsters survives nazi persecution in hiding on the 3rd floor Herengracht 401. They call their safe house Castrum Peregrini.


Gisèle van Waterschoot van der Gracht and Wolfgang Frommel took up the role of educators, protectors and friends. They are key to the physical and spiritual survival of the group and any further developments of Castrum Peregrini

In the years following the liberation the group scatters across the world only to realise that the formative years in hiding had made them a spiritual family. They start to think about how to continue living together, working together and/or staying in touch. The idea of a magazine gains shape.

The first issue of the magazine Castrum Peregrini is published. The magazine has subscribers all around the world. It is published in 5 issues a year in a limited and numbered edition.

The foundation Castrum Peregrini is formally set-up. Gisèle donates the building Herengracht 401. Besides the magazine and the publishing house the main goals of the foundation is to establish and maintain a library and archive on the foundations core themes and values arising from the foundations history and network.

Wolfgang Frommel dies in the appartment on the 3rd floor, Herengracht 401

The magazines last issue is published. A new series of publications is initiated in at Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen, Germany under the title Castrum Peregrini. Neue Folge. Further to that publications are now connected to projects and realised in partnership with third parties such as Roma Publications or Uitgeverij Cossee.

Opening of the new project space by Gisèle at Herengracht 401/Beulingstraat and launch of a new activities programme.

Gisèle is knighted by the mayor of Amsterdam for her role as founder of Castrum Peregrini.

Gisèle dies on 27 May, age 100



Activities since 2011

2011 We Are Alle Fanatics!
A series of events and publication on the phenomenon of group fanaticism.

2012 In me the Paradox of Liberty
A series of events and publication on the meaning of freedom today

2013 My Friend. My Enemy. My Society.
A series of events and publications on the meaning of friendship in society

2014/2015 Memory Machine - We Are What We Remember
A series of exhibitions, events and publications on cultural memory and the relation with identity


Openingsevening 25 april 2013, with Peter Sloterdijk, Merel de Groot, Abdelkader Benali, Jeroen van Kan, Ed Spanjaard en Henk Neven. Foto Simon Bosch.


Aura (2009)
Curated by Michiel van Iersel; With works of Susanne Kriemann, Alexandra Leykauf, John Kleckner, Chris Kabel, Simon van Keulen, Gisèle, Max Beckmann, Jan Toorop en Walter Benjamin.

Networking Books (2010)
Mapping a creative network and creating a temporary canon in the library of Castrum Peregrini.

Matter of Monument (2011)
Curated by Saskia van Stein and Huib Haye van der Werf. With works of Michiel Schuurman, Bas de Wit, Inti Hernandez, Simon Bosch, e.a.

You Are All Individuals (2011)
Curated by Nina Folkersma as part of the series We Are Alle Fanatics! With works of Yael Bartana, Daya Cahen, Köken Ergun, Enrique Marty, Daniel Svarre.

Paradox of Liberty (2012)
Curated by Paco Barragan as part of the series In me the paradox of liberty. With works of Erika Harrsch, Majeed Beenteha, Eugenio Merino, Erwin Olaf, Terry Rodgers, Siri Hermansen, Gordon Cheung, Alex Rodríguez, Piers Secunda, Andrés Serrano, Eli Cortiñas, Yvette Mattern.

[s]elected (2012)
Noninees of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Award: Lukas Hoffmann, Sara Glahn, Laura Pappa, Anna Navndrup, Marieke Berghuis, Elisabeth Leerssen, Christopher Holloran, Jacob Gallant Raeder, Leanie van der Vyver

Now and Then. Between Layers of Memory(2012)
Work of Iosif Kiraly curated by Maria Rus Bojan.

Shapeshifting (2013)
Curated by Maria Barnas and Danila Cahen as part of the series My Friend. My Enemy. My Society. With works of Maria Barnas, Daya Cahen, Dina Danish, Alfredo Jaar, Simon van Keulen, Alon Levin, Aernout Mik, Willem de Rooij, Rob Schröder, Jan Svankmajer, Jasmijn Visser, Felix Weigand.

In Search of lost Time (2014) A group exhibition of visual dairies as part of Memory Machine curated by Ronit Eden with works of: Adrian Melis  CU\ES, Armando NL\DE, Donna Kuhn US, Emma Rendel  SE, Gigi Scaria IN, HF van Steensel  NL, Ilya Rabinovich MD\NL, Jakob Roepke DE, Nan Goldin US\FR, Peter Goldschmidt DE\NL, Raed Yassin LB, Ronit Porat IL, Servet Kocyigit TR\NL, Yuri Rosmani NL

Family Affair (2015)
Curated by Galia Gur Zeev as part of the series Memory Machine  With Reli and Avner Avrahami

Exclude/Include. Alternate Histories (2015)Curated by Vincent van Velzen.



European projects, residencies and boarder crossing collaborations

Fanaticism (2009 – 2011)
A European community fundet project (FAT 2009-2011) with a lot of spin-off and ongoing activities around the theme of group-fanaticism.

Mapping Future Heritage (2011-2013)
A project in collaboration with the Centre for Humanities at the University of Lviv, Ukraine and the National University of the Arts, Bucharest, Romania.

Curator/Thinker-In-Residence (ongoing)
A coollaborative residence programme with the Goethe Institut Niederlande.

TimeCase (2012-2014)
A European project on cultural memory and participation

Silent Heroes (2013-2015)
A European project on WWII Hiding Places and their role in museumeducation

A house as a muse
In 2009 Amie Dicke made her first artwork in a historic interior of Castrum Peregrini. Related projects and research get a continuity through a grant (2013/2015) by Mondriaan Fund.



Evening salons

Redux (2009/2010/2012)
 IMG_34853 speakers and one moederator each give a short statement realting their own work to a thought of an influential figure from the past: Spinoza, Hannah Arendt, Georg Büchner, Elias Canetti… They come back to life in contemporary work from various disciplines.

Mythes (2010-2012)
Series inspired by Roland Barthes: deconstructing Myths of today that reveal insights in current society and culture.

Evenings in partnership
Book presentations, expert talks, Museumnacht Amsterdam, Fringe festival,- worth while cross-overs




Baeke e a -De waarheid is een vrouw LR

The publishing house ‘Castrum Peregrini Press’ has been outsourced to Wallstein Verlag, see Castrum Peregrini Neue FolgeCastrum Peregrini. Neue Folge. at Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen Germany.

For the Castrum Peregrini Periodical (1950-2007), books and other publications from the past of the Castrum Peregrini Press check second hand or for inquiries contact E: mail@castrumperegrini.nl


Fanatismo, one-off magazine, 2011

Vreihijd, one-off magazine, 2012

De Vriend, one-off magazine, 2013

De waarheid is een vrouw. I.s.m Cossee, 2013

Memory Machine, one-off Magazine, 2014

You can purchase these publications at Castrum Peregrini during office hours and at events.

Have a look at the agenda

for upcoming events.


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