Amsterdam Exhibitions Calendar 2020


Caravaggio-Bernini. Baroque in Rome | 14 February - 7 June 2020

Temporary exhibition at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum displaying more than 70 masterpieces by Caravaggio, Bernini, and their contemporaries. Highlights are Caravaggio’s Narcissus, Boy Bitten by a Lizard and The Crowning with Thorns. Bernini sculptures include early work Bacchus, Saint Sebastian and the bust of Medusa.

Highlights of Italian drawing | until 24 March 2020

At the Print Cabinets there is work on show by Italian masters such as Raphael, Michelangelo, Carracci, Barocci, Canaletto, Tiepolo and Piranesi.

Operation Night Watch | from July 2019

Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night Watch is being researched to be restored. This is happening live in the museum.

Slavery, an exhibition | 25 September 2020 - 17 January 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.

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Stedelijk Museum

Carlos Amorales The Factory | until 17 May 2020

Retrospective exhibition by multidisciplinary Mexican artist Carlos Amorales. His world is one of fantastical images and stories that explore the field of tension between the individual and society.

Wim Crouwel: Mr. Gridnik | until 22 March 2020

Tribute to the iconic Dutch designer Wim Crouwel. On display is a selection of his typographic oeuvre.

Prix de Rome | until 22 March 2020

The Prix de Rome Visual Arts will be held at the Stedelijk Museum. The exhibition presents new work by the nominated artists: Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, Esiri Erheriene-Essi, Femke Herregraven and Rory Pilgrim.

Beyond the image| 29 February - 9 August 2020

Tribute to Dutch photographer Bertien van Manen (The Hague, 1942). Her work is an autobiographical visual diary, in which she mirrors, examines and rediscovers her life in different ways, in those of others. Many of her series are long-running projects for which she revisits places and people and develops close relationships within communities.

Dana Lixenberg Imperial Courts | 18 January - 10 May 2020

Imperial Courts (2015) by Dutch photographer Dana Lixenberg is a video installation capturing the everyday life in Imperial Courts, a public housing project notorious for its gang-related violence.

Van Gogh Museum

In the picture | until 24 May 2020

Temporary exhibition ‘In the Picture’ tells the story about identity and image, in 75 portraits by and by artists.The portraits of Vincent van Gogh are united with artists’ portraits by painters including Berthe Morisot, Gustave Courbet, Paul Cézanne, Edvard Munch and Helene Schjerfbeck.

Van Gogh's Greatest Letters | 19 June - 23 August 2020

Van Gogh was not only a talented artist, but also an avid letter writer. Summer 2020, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam exhibits a selection of his best letters, alongside world-famous paintings and drawings like The Bedroom, The Potato Eaters and The Sower.

Cobra Museum

Intense Mexico: Politics, Identity, Sex and Death | until 29 March 2020

The Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen exhibits 46 works from the collection of the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City. On display are works from Tina Modotti (1896-1942), José Clemente Orozco (1883-1949), Diego Rivera (1886-1956) and David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974) as well as Frida Kahlo’s Los Cocos from 1951.


Jewels! Glittering at the Russian Court | until 15 March 2020

One of the Hermitage’s greatest treasures is the fabulous jewellery collection. Hundreds of them superbly sparkle in this exhibition.Together with many portraits and a profusion of richly decorated gowns and ensembles once worn by the highest echelons at the Russian court in St Petersburg, they represent two centuries in fashion and jewels.

De Oude Kerk

adrián villar rojas: poems for earthlings | until 26 April 2020

Impressive but controversial installation by the Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas. Rojas Villar Rojas invites viewers to become explorers of an unpredictable microcosmos of his design, where the future, the past, and alternate versions of our own present interact as a constantly changing totality.


Wright Morris - The Home Place | Until 5 April 2020

Retrospective of American author Wright Morris (1910-1998). Morris captured the harsh reality of life in America’s rural areas. He photographed still-lifes of everyday objects that exuded an atmosphere of poverty and decline.

Sheng-Wen Lo - Extendable Ears | Until 5 April 2020

Artist Sheng-Wen Lo created a wearable device that enabled him to hear ultrasound waves. He wore the device day and night and captured his daily experiences in videos, 360° photographs, and photographic scans of a dream diary.

Vivian Maier - Works in Color | From 10 April - 28 June 2020

Vivian Maier is an icon in American street photography. In this temporary exhibit in Amsterdam photography museum Foam, her lesser-known colour work is on display. Works in Color shows street scenes in Chicago, – the city where Maier lived for much of her life – featuring people, objects, billboards and shop windows.

Huis van Marseille

Viviane Sassen: Venus & Mercury | From 14 March - 31 May 2020

The temporary exhibition in Amsterdam’s Foam museum Venus & Mercury by photographer Viviane Sassen tells stories of Marie Antoinette, mistresses and fortune tellers. Some of these stories are related by the actress Tilda Swinton in a hypnotic video installation.

Jean-Luc Mylayne - The Autumn of Paradise | From 6 June - 30 August 2020

For more than forty years now, the work of Jean-Luc Mylayne focuses on the encounter with birds, their fleeting presence captured by the camera.

Vincent Delbrouck - Champú | 5 September - 22 November 2020

In the spring of 2018 the Belgian photography Delbrouck met a group of young people in the El Chivo park in La Vibora, a quiet district of Havana, Cuba. The girls asked him if he wanted to take pictures: ‘Suddenly they were there: Leslie, Oscar, Gabriela, Solanch, Addiel, Leonardo, Oris, Sharawi, Marcel. I photographed them with open enthusiasm, a bit jealous but at ease. In them I found what I had been trying to formulate for years: an infectious joy.

Rembrandt House Museum

Black in Rembrandt’s Time | Until 31 May 2020

The Rembrandt Museum takes a closer look at the portrayal of black people in 17th-century paintings. It turns out, between around 1630 and 1660 there was a small community of free black people around Amsterdam’s Jodenbreestraat, where Rembrandt lived. Black people were not just secondary figures in subordinate roles in paintings from those times, but often the subjects of the works of art.

Museum of Bags

Trunk Show | until 22 March 2020

For Trunk Show, an exclusive selection of trunks and suitcases will temporarily be moved from one canal location in Amsterdam to another: from the Ship Chandlers Warehouse to the Museum of Bags Amsterdam. On display are exceptional and enchanting objects from the Menko ten Cate Collection.

De Nieuwe Kerk

World Press Photo 2020 | from 18 April - 26 July 2020

De Nieuwe Kerk on Amsterdam’s Dam Square hosts the world premiere of World Press Photo 2020. All nominated images and videos are on display, including Photo of the Year. The winners will be announced during the Award Show on Thursday 16 April.

Moco Museum

Banksy – Laugh now | until 1 April 2020

Moco Museum offers a (unauthorised) collection of some of Banksy’s most iconic works, including ‘Laugh Now’, ‘Barcode’, ‘Girl with Balloon’, ‘Kids on Guns’, ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘Flower Thrower’, ‘Monkey Queen’, ‘Kate Moss’, ‘Bomb Hugger’, ‘Soup Can’ and many more.


What a Genderful World | 11 October 2019 - 23 August 2020

Gender is a hot topic. But did you know that what we see as masculine or feminine is largely culturally determined? Tropenmuseum explores gender in a festival-like setting where the visitor is invited to dive into the world of gender and discover how this is expressed and experienced worldwide.

Bali. Behind the scenes | 14 February - 10 January 2021

An exibibion about the tropical island of Bali: the effect of mass tourism, but also the resilience of island culture. Get to know the Hindu priest out to preserve traditions in his own way and meet the artist and activist Made Bayak whose work highlights Bali’s problems with plastic waste.

Jewish Cultural Center

Charlotte Salomon in close-up | Until 24 August 2020

This temporary exhibition at the Amsterdam Jewish Historical Museum explores the influence of film on Charlotte Salomon’s gesamtkunstwerk Life? or Theatre? A Singspiel.

So much I gazed on beauty | Until 10 May 2020

Tribute to Eli Content, one of the most important contemporary Jewish artists in the Netherlands. The temporary exhibition in the Jewish Historical Museum features more than ninety works, including paintings, drawings, artist’s books and installations.

Maritime Museum

Scramble for the artic | 4 October 2019 - 10 May 2020

Temporary exhibition at Amsterdam’s ‘Scheepvaartmuseum’ illustrates the 400 years of Dutch presence in the Arctic region. From the mythical pole, the first attempts to find a northern passage, whaling, winter stays as epic tales of national pride, competition and science and the rise of tourism.

Rising Tide | Until 10 May 2020

Presentation of photo journalists and film makers Kadir van Lohuizen en Yuri Kozyrev about the effects of global warming. Van Lohuizen travelled to locations including Greenland, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, Panama, Kiribati, Fiji, Jakarta, Miami, New York, and the Netherlands to investigate and visualize the impact of rising water levels.

Resistance Museum

Fashion on a ration | Until 2 June 2020

Fashion changed during the German occupation in The Netherlands. People came up with creative solutions to compensate for fabric shortages. The exhibition shows dresses made of jute/sackcloth and flour sacks, a women’s suit made of underskirts, christening and wedding gowns made of parachute fabric, a jacket made of dog hair and shoes with wooden soles.