Amsterdam Exhibitions Calendar 2021


Slavery, an exhibition | from 25 May 2021

For the first time, the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum will hold a temporary exhibition devoted to the subject of slavery, focusing on slavery in the Dutch colonial period, spanning from the 17th to the 19th century.

Ellsworth Kelly | from 25 May 2021

Throughout the summer months of 2021, nine sculptures by American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015) will be on display in the Rijksmuseum Gardens.

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Stedelijk Museum

Surinamese School: Painting from Paramaribo to Amsterdam | until 11 July 2021

Presenting over 100 artworks by 35 artists, this temporary exhibition in Amsterdam’s modern art museum explores Surinamese painting from 1910 to the mid-1980s. Depictions of Surinamese history, spirituality and everyday life, alongside forays into abstraction, and social change, gave shape to artistic developments.

Charlotte Prodger SaF05 | until 6 July 2021

Video installation SaF05by Turner Prize winner Charlotte Prodger.


From Thonet to 'Dutch Design' 125 years of living at the Stedelijk | until 12 September 2021

Landmarks of design history. Designs by the Thonet brothers, Gerrit Rietveld, Charlotte Perriand, Verner Panton, Richard Hutten, Hella Jongerius and others alternate with lesser known or previously unexhibited pieces by Bertha Bake, the Wiener Werkstätte, Lambertus Zwiers, Nanna Ditzel and Aldo van den Nieuwelaar.

Van Gogh Museum

The potatoe eaters | 8 October 2021 - 16 January 2022

Van Gogh saw his work The Potato Eaters as his first true masterpiece, but that is not how it was received at the time. Get insight into Van Gogh’s perseverance, how he dealt with criticism, and what the painting meant to him.

Van Gogh and the Olive Groves | 11 March - 12 June 2022

Vincent was fascinated by the ever-changing ambiance and colours of the trees, which he tried to capture as expressively and powerfully as possible in his paintings. This art exhibition in the Amsterdam Van Gogh museum explores the significance of olive trees to Van Gogh, and his ambitions when painting this series.

Cobra Museum

Cobra and Politics | until 26 September 2021

Artists of the Cobra movement used their art to express their political views and shared ideals. This exhibition in Amstelveen’s Cobra museum shows this through a number of works from the museum collection.


Tsars and Knights | until 1 January 2022

At Amsterdam’s Hermitage museum is the temporary exhibition Tsars and Knights, The Romanovs’ love affair with the Middle Ages. Over 250 objects from the Russian Hermitage are brought to the Netherlands. They tell stories of czars, knights, ladies, courtly love, and tournaments.

Allard Piersson

Goddesses of Art Nouveau | until 29 August 2022

The Allard Pierson museum shares the collections of the University of Amsterdam with visitors and scholars in the areas of archaeology, the history of books, Jewish culture, church history, cartography, literature, graphic design and zoology. The exhibition “Goddesses of Art Nouveau“ is about the fascination for feminine beauty in the international art nouveau movement.


Shigeru Onishi - The Possibility of Existence | 11 June - 6 October 2021

In his photographs, Japanese mathematician and artist Shigeru OnishiOnishi tried to transcend time and space: his works renounce photography as a snapshot. Images mingle in montages, or fade in his unorthodox printing methods; Onishi ignored all the rules of the darkroom.

Huis van Marseille

Vincent Delbrouck - Champú | Expected in 2021

In 2018 photographer Vincent Delbrouck photographed and filmed a group of young people in the El Chivo park in La Vibora, a quiet district of Havana, Cuba. The photo project is a testament to the eternally innovative life and resilience present in youth.

Infinite Identities Photography in the Age of Sharing | until 29 August 2021

This temporary exhibition in photography museum Huis van Marseille displays the work of eight artists and photographers who use Instagram to develop aspects of their art and to communicate about their practice. The exhibition shows how this social media app can add a virtual layer to the art world, alongside the atelier, museum or gallery.

Rembrandt House Museum

Hansken, Rembrandt's elephant | until 25 July 2021

She was famous across Europe: the Asian elephant Hansken. In the middle of the 17th century, Hansken was was toured to markets, fairs, and courts. When Hansken was in Amsterdam, Rembrandt drew her. Occasion for The Rembrandt House Museum to tell her life’s story in an exhibition for young and old.

Amsterdam Museum

Refresh Amsterdam | until 25 July 2021

Refresh Amsterdam is a project on urban culture. On show are works of over 25 contemporary Amsterdam artists from various disciplines, offering different perspectives on Amsterdam and its cultural diversity.

De Nieuwe Kerk

Maison Amsterdam | 18 September 2021 - 30 January 2022.

Temporary exhibition inside Amsterdam’s main church. On show is a unique display of 250 years of Amsterdam fashion history. Expect beautiful costumes from the Amsterdam Museum collection and pieces of a range of fashion designers.

Moco Museum

The Kid | Until 31 July 2021

Contemporary artist The Kid uses art as a means to make us question the notions of power and privilege. On display at Moco Museum are his hyper-realistic, bigger-than-life portraits and life-size sculptures that confront the audience with the injustice in America and in many democracies around the world today.


Healing power | until 6 June 2021

Exhibition in Amsterdam’s Tropenmuseum about healing traditions across the world. With objects from the Arctic to South America brought together with work by contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst and Marina Abramović.

Our inheritance | from 17 February 2022

A new, extensive presentation on the colonial and slavery past. The focus is on the visitor’s direct experience of the world and becoming aware of the relationship between everyday life and the legacies of colonialism and slavery.

Jewish Cultural Center

Waterlooplein | until 13 June 2021

The Waterlooplein, the square, market en surrounding neighbourhood once was the heart of the Amsterdam Jewish Quarter. ‘Waterlooplein: the neighbourhood inside out’ focuses on developments from the 17th century to the present. 3D reconstructions, film footage, photos, objects and archaeological finds allow visitors not only to discover the neighbourhood itself, but also to see how archaeologists and historians are able, using individual elements and research, to create an impression of a neighbourhood that no longer exists.

A grave in the clouds | 11 December 2020 - 16 May 2021

Temporary exhibition at the Amsterdam Jewish Historical Museum about the poem Todesfuge (Death Fugue) by the Romanian poet Paul Celan (1920-1970). The poem, written in May 1945, is about the horrors of the Holocaust and the concentration camps and is now seen as the poetic ‘translation’ of the Holocaust.

Are Jews white? | tba

Where are Jews on the spectrum of current identity and representation politics? Are they seen as perpetrators or victims? Privileged or disadvantaged? How do they see this? And how do others perceive them?

National Maritime Museum

Amsterdam port & city | dates tbs

Temporary exhibition at the Amsterdam Scheepvaartmuseum shows the age-old relationship between the harbour and the city, from the moment a dam was built in the Amstel to the future.

Resistance Museum

Be brave! | until 31 July 2021

Virtual reality exhibitions about the February Strike that took place exactly 80 years ago in the Netherlands. Willem, Coba and Joop were three Amsterdammers who played an active role in this unique resistance to the persecution of the Jews. They were brave, but what price did they pay? And what price did their loved ones have to pay?