Amsterdam exhibitions calendar 2019

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All the Rembrandts | 15 february 2019 - 10 June 2019

Nowhere in the world can you find more Rembrandts than in the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum. And for the first time, the entire collection is on display in a single art exhibition in Amsterdam’s most important art and history museum. To celebrate Rembrandt Year in Amsterdam, 22 paintings, 60 drawings and the 300 best examples of his 1,300 prints are on show. They give a complete and versatile picture of The Netherlands’ most important artist.

Everyone a photographer | 15 February - 10 June 2019

An exhibition of amateur photographs, taken in the 19th century. The temporary exhibition in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum shows how the Dutch wealthy urban youngsters were interested in activities such as cycling, forming clubs and associations, holding soirées and going out on excursions. The expo also displays innovation in photography: the invention of the Kodak camera and the reflex camera (the forerunner of the SLR) gave huge impetus to the development of photography. 

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Moco Museum

Daniel Arsham | 18 January - 30 September 2019

The work of New York-based artist Daniel Arsham’s draws on a range of disciplines, incorporating architecture, design, sculpture, film and performance. The Banksy Museum in Amsterdam MOCO is the first museum in the Netherlands to present Daniel Arsham’s work.

Yayoi Kusama | 22 March - 30 September 2019

On display are two works of the eccentric and enigmatic Polkadot Princess, the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama: ‘Night of Stars’ and ‘Pumpkin’.

David Hockney "The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven)" Oil on 32 canvases (36 x 48" each) 144 x 384" overall © David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

Van Gogh Museum

Hockney - Van Gogh | 1 March 2019 - 26 May 2019

An exhibition exploring the common ground of the work of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh and English contemporary artist David Hockney. Van Gogh’s masterpieces will be shown alongside works by Hockney. Hockney’s imposing Yorkshire-landscapes are a central part of the exhibition, with The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate (2011) as highlight. You can enjoy a free introduction every Wednesday and Friday from 11 till 11:30 am.

The Experiments of Camille Pissarro | 1 March 2019 - 26 May 2019

The painter Camille Pissarro experimented with different materials and techniques in his prints. Vincent van Gogh was a great admirer of his work. A selection of Pissarro’s best prints are temporarily on display at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Stedelijk Museum

Maria Lassnig Ways of Being | 6 April - 11 August 2019

The Austrian artist Maria Lassnig (1919–2014) made her name with her ‘Körperbewusstseintbilder’, or ‘body awareness’ paintings. This temporary exhibition in Amsterdam’s modern art museum Stedelijk, features more than 200 loaned artworks, with key pieces such as Du oder IchWoman PowerKrankenhausDame mit Hirn and her last self-portrait Selbstporträt mit Pinsel.

Maria Lassnig, Selbst mit Meerschweinchen, 2000. Private collection. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth Collection Services

Walid Raad Let's be honest, the weather helped | 18 May - 13 October 2019

The Lebanese – American artist Walid Raad (1967) presents his philosophical, politically charged, and often witty vision of the complexities of the Lebanese Civil War (1975 -1991) and developments in contemporary art in the Middle East.

Cobra Museum

Kati Horna - Compassion and Engagement | 2 March - 30 June 2019

Kati Horna was a photographer who recorded various major historic events in the twentieth century. For her, being a photographer was a way of contributing to her political ideals while at the same time being able to lead an independent life as a woman.

Ata Kandó – Hungarian refugees and Slave or Dead | 3 March - 30 June 2019

Like Kati Horna, Ata Kandó was a committed documentary photographer, Hungarian by origin and trained by József Pécsi.

Eva Besnyö – Dolle Mina | 3 March - 30 June 2019

Photographer Eva Besnyö recorded the campaigns and demonstrations of the Dutch women’s movement Dolle Mina in the 1970s.

UNSUNG by Anette Brolenius | 3 March - 30 June 2019

Anette Brolenius is a Swedish portrait and documentary photographer focusing on social issues, in particular human and women’s rights. The total UNSUNG series contains about 130 black and white portraits of women’s rights activists. At the Cobra Museum in Amstelveen, 20 of these are on display.

Statue of Amenemhat III. Egypt, Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, 19th century BC. Granite © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg


Treasury! Masterpieces from the Hermitage | 2 February - 27 August 2019

This temporary exhibition in Amsterdam’s Hermitage Museum features masterpieces from the entire collection of the St Petersburg State Hermitage, including big names like Bernini, Da Vinci, Fabre, Matisse, Rembrandt and Velázquez. Also on show are works of art dating back to early prehistory (23,000 BC), from Ancient Egypt, Classical Greece and Rome; as well as antiquities from civilisations as far afield as Siberia, the Middle East and East-Asia.

Huis van Marseille

Futures Past & Present | 9 March - 2 June 2019

The exhibition Futures Past & Present in Amsterdam’s photography museum Huis van Marseille shows the work of four female photographers: Céline van Balen, Julie Greve, Esther Kroon and Helga Paris. Their models are portrayed in all their strength and dignity, with subtle distinctions between personalities.

Deana Lawson | 8 June - 1 September 2019

Photography expo in Amsterdam with work of the American photographer Deana Lawson (1979). Deana Lawson’s work concentrates on the experience of black people in the entire diaspora. She finds her models in the street, on public transport, in beauty salons, in nightclubs, in churches and in fast food restaurants and portrays them using a medium-format or large-format camera, capturing their dignity and grandeur in a way that lifts her subjects above their daily circumstances.

Maritime Museum

Sea of Tranquillity | until 9 July 2019

The Dutch Maritime Museum (Scheepvaartmuseum) shows the impressive art installation by the internationally-renowned Belgian artist Hans op de Beeck. It portrays a mysterious and decadent imaginary cruise ship, dreamed up by the artist. His inspiration comes from the shipyards of Saint Nazaire in western France, where the largest cruise ships in the world are built.

Exhibition Martime Museum

Rembrandt House Museum

Rembrandt’s Social Network | 1 February 2018 - 19 May 2019

It’s Rembrandt Year this year and the house where Rembrandt used to work and live in Amsterdam, celebrates this with three exhibitions in Amsterdam. The first focuses on the painter’s relationships and the role they played in his life and work.

100 Years of Collecting | 7 June 2019– 1 September 2019

The second exhibition will feature the most remarkable examples from the museum’s collection, consisting mostly of works on paper: Rembrandt’s etchings and prints by his predecessors and contemporaries as well as by modern and contemporary artists who were inspired by Rembrandt.

Rembrandt’s Technique Unravelled | 21 September 2019 – 16 February 2020

How did Rembrandt make his paintings and etchings? And how do we go about investigating this today? Discover how a drawing by Rembrandt has changed over the centuries, see what was added to an etching by others and consider the dilemmas of researchers and conservators.

Amsterdam Museum

Fashion Statements | 18 April - 8 September 2019

Exhibition at the Amsterdam Museum about fashion and identity. On show are 75 historical costumes, each of them worn by its owner to make a statement. Six contemporary fashion designers review the costumes and present their own design, inspired by the fashion statements of those days.

Robe à la Française-circa-1760-1780 Collectie Amsterdam Museum

Jewish Cultural Center

The Persecution of the Jews in Photographs: The Netherlands, 1940–1945 | until 6 October 2019

This is a temporary exhibition at the National Holocaust Museum (NHM) in Amsterdam. On display are photographs taken in The Netherlands during the German occupation. It is curated by the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the event is a collaborative venture between the Jewish Cultural Quarter, the NIOD, and the Topographie des Terrors in Berlin, where the exhibition will be on view from the autumn of 2019.

Kabbalah: the art of Jewish mysticism | 29 March - 25 August 2019

The term Kabbalah was coined in the Middle Ages to encompass the centuries of scholarship through which Jewish mystics have sought to understand the mysteries of our existence in the world. Spread across all the Jewish Cultural Quarter locations in the Amsterdam Jewish Quarter this exhibition introduces Kabbalah with displays of ancient texts alongside work by modern and contemporary artists.


Zeen | 15 March - 5 June 2019

The Dutch photography duo Scheltens & Abbenes are regarded as the most progressive still-life photographers in The Netherlands. This temporary exhibition at Amsterdam photogray museum Foam draws the visitor into a sense of wonder at the things we encounter in daily life. Objects like a colourful powder patch, a sharp crease in a shirt or lush flowers on a lorry come to life by lifting them from their everyday context, framing and zooming in on them, to penetrate to their innermost core./span>

Tyler Mitchell - I can make you feel good | 19 April - 5 June 2019

The American photographer and film maker Tyler Mitchell wrote history with his photographs of Beyoncé on the cover of the American Vogue’s ‘September Issue’. In this expo at the Amsterdam photography museum Foam there is a selection of images from the artist’s personal and commissioned work and two of Mitchell’s video works.

Changing Views – 20 Years of Art Collection Deutsche Börse| 3 May - 7 July 2019

Exhibition showcasing works from one of the most important corporate collections of international photograph, including Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Rineke Dijkstra, Dana Lixenberg and younger photographers like Tobias Zielony and Mike Brodie.


Cool Japan | until 1 September 2019

Cool Japan showcases the world’s fascination with all things Japanese.From Hello Kitty to samurai and from well-known Japanese horror to kawaii (‘cute’) fashion from the streets of Tokyo.

Longing for Mecca | 15 February 2019 - 12 January 2020

Longing for Mecca offers a unique insight into the Hajj, Islam’s most important pilgrimage. Millions of people travel to Mecca each year, including thousands of Dutch. It is one of the world’s biggest religious, spiritual and cultural phenomena. What attracts these pilgrims? What impressions and experiences move them on the road, when they reach their destination and when they come back?Through special objects, a VR experience and personal stories of Dutch pilgrims, this exhibition takes you on a pilgrimage to Mecca.

De Nieuwe Kerk

World Press Photo 2019 | 13 April - 7 July 2019

The New Church at Amsterdam Dam Square hosts the world premiere of World Press Photo 2019, the famous international press photo exhibition. All nominated images and videos are presented, including the Photo of the Year. Closed on 19 and 27 April, 4 May and 5 May until 1 pm.


Dutch Masters from the Hermitage. Treasures of the Tsars | Until 26 August 2019

The exhibition Dutch Masters from the Amsterdam Hermitage, ‘Treasures of the Tsars’, is a feast of old favourites and new discoveries. The 67 paintings by 51 famous Dutch Masters of the Golden Age, including six works by Rembrandt, are highlights from the collection of the State Hermitage in St Petersburg.