Amsterdam Exhibitions Calendar 2020


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

In the picture| 21 February - 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 | 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.


Adorned -The Fashionable Show | until 11 March 2020

Fashion related photography projects by a new generation who work with fashion,but most of them are not straightforward fashion photographers. For them, fashion and style are primarily tools to construct or question identities, to empower people and to play with cultures, gender, race and ages.

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.

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

Mostly known for her black and white photography, 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. Her work in colour seems altogether playful and tongue in cheek.

Huis van Marseille

Outside Fashion | until 8 March 2020

On display is fashion photography made between 1900 and 1969. The vintage photography shows the move from studio photography to outdoor shoots, as well as developments in photography itself, the position of women, tourism, and prêt-à-porter fashion.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.