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  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. 

Exhibition calendar Amsterdam 2018 RIjksmuseum

Moco Museum

Daniel Arsham – Connecting Time | 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.

Temporary exhibition in Amsterdam: Daniel Arsham

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.

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

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.

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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.

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

Huis van Marseille

Recent Histories | Contemporary African Photography and Video Art from The Walther Collection | Till 3 March 2019

Dawit L. Petros, „The Stranger‘s Notebook,” 2016. © The artist. Courtesy Tiwani Contemporary, and The Walther Collection

Recent Histories combines work of young African photographers with the work of several generations of African photographers. The exhibition brings together these photographers’ different perspectives on their countries and their continent. The themes that link their work are concerned with identity, migration, origins, and the legacy of colonialism, in relation to their own personal experiences.

Bheki Dube, January, 2012 © Pieter Hugo. Collectie Huis Marseille

Maritime Museum

Sea of Tranquillity | 8 September 2018 - 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.

Rembrandt exhibition Amsterdam
St Michael by Luca Giardano

De Nieuwe Kerk

St Michael (c. 1633) by Luca Giordano| 15 February - 7 April 2019

St Michael (c. 1633), a powerful work by Luca Giordano, one of the masters of Italian Baroque is on show at De Nieuwe Kerk at Dam Square in Amsterdam.The painting depicts the Biblical story in which the archangel Michael defeats Satan and the fallen angels (Revelation 12:7–9). In addition to its rich Counter-Reformation symbolism, the painting’s portrayal of the battle between the angel and the demonic figures also expresses the conflict between good and evil.

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.

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.

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

Beurs van Berlage

Michelangelo - A Different View | 26 January 2019 - 12 May 2019

The Beurs van Berlage brings the beautiful ceiling frescoes by Michelangelo of the Sistine Chapel in Rome to Amsterdam. The Amsterdam exhibition shows photomechanically reproduced copies almost in original size on the ground, so that the visitors can walk around the gigantic masterpieces, giving a unique and different view of Michelangelo’s masterpieces.

Cobra Museum

An Unstoppable Force | 6 October 2018 - 3 February 2019

The Cobra Museum in Amstelveen explores the creativity, spontaneity and purity of children. This playful exhibition will be staged in such a way that visitors will have to build, crawl and climb their way through it, so children will feel right at home in the museum, while adults can rediscover their inner child.


Masahisa Fukase. Private Scenes | until 12 December 2018

Photography works of Masahisa Fukase (1934-2012), one of the most radical and experimental photographers of the post-war generation in Japan.

Daniel Shea | 23 November 2018 - 20 January 2019

Daniel Shea (1985, US) is the winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award 2018. His works presents a seductive and disconcerting world of concrete, steel and glass which traverses the boundaries of fact and fiction. His latest body of work, ’43-35 10th Street’, reflects on late capitalism and its effects on a changing city landscape.

Daniel Shea photography exhibition Amsterdam

Next Level: Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács – Point Cloud, Old Growth | 23 November 2018 - 10 February 2019

Artist duo who create video works, installations and graphic works, often staged in parallel worlds and reflecting on today’s visual culture.


'Fashion Cities Afrika' | until 6 January 2019

Fashion is hot in Africa, but there is no such thing as ‘African fashion’.
There are flourishing fashion scenes in several cities, ranging from streetwear to couture, and from experimental to more conventional. Through the eyes of fashion experts from Casablanca, Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi and The Netherlands, visitors of the Tropical Museum discover the lively and diverse fashion scenes that shake up the world of fashion.

'Cool Japan' | From 28 September 2018

Discover the world famous icons from Japanese pop culture, from Hello Kitty to samurai.

Jewish Cultural Center

The Institute of Ongoing Change | 29 September 2018 - 24 February 2019

Israeli artist Uri Katzenstein creates an installation depicting an infinite visual library. Videoworks show rituals in a futuristic world, sculptures show a fabricated identity, machines make sound and movement. The Institute of Ongoing Things includes gender, hypocrisy,science fiction and the holocaust, and is a processing of personal and national traumas.

Exodus. Illegal Palestine travellers, 1945-1948 | 5 October 2018 - 6 January 2019

Shortly after the war, hundreds of Dutch-Jewish youths left for Palestine. On ramshackle, overcrowded ships, they undertook the illegal journey to the ‘promised land’. Once in Palestine territorial waters, British warships attacked the boats. The passengers were detained in camps in Palestine and on Cyprus. This exhibition at the Jewish History Museum at the Amsterdam Jewish Quarter tells their personal stories visualised with documents, photos, travel reports, interview fragments and historical film material. This exhibition is held in the National Holocaust Museum.

Exodus exhibition Amsterdam
Uri Katzenstein, detail from The Institute of Ongoing Things, 2018. Foto Oded Lobl