Amsterdam exhibitions calendar 2019/20


Rembrandt - Velázquez | 11 October 2019 - 19 January 2020

Paintings of highly-renowned Dutch and Spanish masters from the 17th century are on display in pairs. The temporary exhibition in Amsterdam Rijksmuseum includes pieces by Rembrandt van Rijn, Diego Velázquez, Frans Hals, Bartolomé Murillo, Johannes Vermeer and Francisco Zurbarán among others.

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.

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Stedelijk Museum

Chagall, Picasso, Mondrian and others | 21 September 2019 - 2 February 2020

Temporary exhibition at Amsterdam’s prestigious modern art museum about Chagall, Picasso, Mondrian and a number of other artists. What they have in common is that they came to work and live in Paris from 1900 until 1950.

Colorful Japan | 7 September 2019 - 2 January 2020

The exhibition ‘Colorful Japan’ shows 226 Japanese posters in the Gallery of Honor of the Stedelijk Museum – from floor to ceiling.

Jeff Preiss More than I looked for | Until 5 January 2020

Stedelijk Museums screens two works of filmmaker Jeff Preiss. Preiss is active in a wide spectrum of cinematic genres. His work is marked by an emphasis on the physical qualities of film and masterful narrative editing.

Prix de Rome | 19 October - 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.

Van Gogh Museum

Jean-François Millet: Sowing the Seeds of Modern Art | 4 October 2019 - 12 January 2020

Exhibition exploring how the work of Jean-François Millet inspired well-know artists like Van Gogh. With his radical painting technique, modern style and inspirational portrayal of peasant life, Millet undoubtedly sowed the seeds of modern art.

Exhibition of Prints by Edouard Vuillard | 4 October 2019 - 12 January 2020

Edouard Vuillard believed that producing prints or posters was just as important as creating paintings. The French artist could spend up to three years designing a final print. The Van Gogh Museum exhibits Edouard Vuillard’s print series ‘Paysages et Intérieurs, one of the highlights of the oeuvre of French artist Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940).

Cobra Museum

New Nuances | 12 July - 1 December 2019

CoBrA was an important art movement in the 20th century. Wiht the temporary exhibition ‘New Nuances’, the Cobra museum tries to change the image of the CoBrA movement as a ‘men’s club’. On show are the work of eight women. This summer the Cobra Museum is not reachable by tram or metro from Amsterdam, only by bus.


Jewels! Glittering at the Russian Court | 14 September 2019 - 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 Nieuwe Kerk

The Great Surinam Exhibition | 5 October 2019 - 2 February 2020

The New Church on Dam Square hosts a comprehensive exhibition about Surinam, a former colony of The Netherlands in South America. The exhibition covers the entire cultural history of the country, from the earliest settlements to the independent republic it is today. During Dutch colonial rule, Surinam was primarily a (sugar) plantation economy dependent on African slaves and, following the abolition of slavery in 1863, indentured servants from Asia. As a legacy of colonization, the people of Suriname are among the most diverse in the world, spanning a multitude of ethnic, religious, and linguistic groups.


Brassaï | 13 September - 4 December 2019

French-Hungarian photographer Brassaï created iconic images of 1930s Parisian life. He was famous for capturing the grittier aspects of the city, but also documented high society, including the ballet, opera, and intellectuals – among them his friends and contemporaries like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Henri Matisse.

Dustin Thierry Opulance | 18 October - 8 December 2019

The work of Amsterdam-based photographer Dustin Thierry (Willemstad, Curaçao, 1985) testifies to a vibrant and timely revival of the Ballroom scene, but also points to persistent discrimination and marginalisation of black and queer communities worldwide.

Eric Gyamfi Fixing shadows | 13 December 2019 - 11 March 2020

Exhibition of the work of Eric Gyamfi, winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award 2019. His self-portraits and quasi-diaristic installations about his own nomadic existence are deeply personal, yet transcend his individual experience. His work consists of collages, writings, sound and prints that were developed using various processes, such as cyanotype and screen-printing.

Huis van Marseille

Berenice Abbott Portraits of Modernity | until 1 December 2019

Huis Marseille presents a retrospective of the American photographer Berenice Abbott (1898–1991). Her work forms a bridge linking the artistic avant-garde in the ‘Old World’ with the emerging art scene of the 1920s and 1930s in New York.

Chikako Watanabe The Third House Owner 1:9 | until 1 December 2019

To mark the museum’s tenth anniversary Chikako Watanabe created a dolls’ house inspired by the famous dolls’ house (ca. 1668–1710) made for the rich merchant’s wife Petronella Oortman, and now part of the Rijksmuseum collection. Employing the same ratio of 1:9 Watanabe made miniature versions of everything, including video projections, ceramic sculptures and soap blocks.

Outside Fashion Fashion photography from the Studio to Exotic Lands (1900–1969) | 7 December 2019 - 8 March 2020

Outside Fashion shows about 150 vintage fashion photos and magazines by a variety of photographers from the period 1900–1969.

Moco Museum

Banksy – Laugh now | until 6 January 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.

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.

Jewish Cultural Center

Rembrandt Saint Peter kneeling | until 10 November 2019

Rembrandt created the painting ‘Saint Peter Kneeling’ in Leiden in 1631. The painting features all the artist’s hallmarks: his unparalleled technique, his spectacular contrast between light and dark, his refined sense of colour and his layered emotional approach to the human subject. On display is a reproduction and not the original painting.

Amsterdam City of Diamonds | Until 1 March 2020

Temporary exhibition at Amsterdam’s Jewish Historical Museum recounting how from the early seventeenth century Amsterdam grew to become the international centre of the diamond industry, largely thanks to the city’s Jewish population. The dynamic period of Amsterdam’s diamond sector at the Amsterdam Jewish Quarter lasted for more than 300 years and was characterised by highs and lows.

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.

Rembrandt House Museum

Rembrandt’s Technique Unravelled | Until 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

Save as... - How to collect the city? | Until 1 March 2020

Temporary exhibition at the Amsterdam Museum, displaying 700 objects from its collection. Visitors discover the special and often personal stories behind the objects and how they ended up in the Amsterdam Museum.

Nr.1 Tourist Attraction | 1 November 2019 - 1 March 2020

In Amsterdam’s souvenir shop the Red Light District is an important inspiration among windmills, tulips, clogs, canals, cows and bicycles. Artist Jimini Hignett Hignett collected these artefacts with the idea of investigating if souvenirs can reveal something of the way some narratives are repressed whilst others are promoted to represent a particular version of history.