Amsterdam exhibitions calendar 2019



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. 22 paintings, 60 drawings and the 300 best examples of his 1,300 prints give a complete and versatile picture of the Netherlands’ most important artist.

80 Years’ War. The Birth of the Netherlands | 12 October 2018 - 20 January 2019

The Rijksmuseum celebrates the 450th anniversary of the outbreak of the Dutch-Spanish 80 Year’s War with a special exhibition. Expect satirical cartoons, items of clothing, weapons and paintings by Bruegel, Rubens and Ter Borch, telling the story of how the Dutch nation was born.

Exhibition calendar Amsterdam 2018 RIjksmuseum

Moco Museum

Icy & Sot – A Moment of Clarity | until 15 January 2019

The young Iranian brothers Icy (34) and Sot (29) are called the ‘Banksy of Iran’. In their own country, their work is not only considered controversial, it is even banned. The work of these street artists holds a mirror to the current Iranian society. With their work they offer an idiosyncratic view on themes like oppression, fame, freedom, war and dreams. At the Amsterdam Banksy Museum Moco.

Exhibition at Moco Museum Amsterdam

Van Gogh Museum

‘Gauguin and Laval on Martinique’ | 5 October 2018 - 13 January 2019

In 1887 the painters Paul Gauguin and Charles Laval escaped to the exotic Caribbean island of Martinique. The art exhibition at the Amsterdam Van Gogh ‘Gauguin and Laval on Martinique at the Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum’ features the warm, vivid paintings they created on the island.

Exhibition Amsterdam Van Gogh

‘Van Gogh Dreams’ | 27 July 2018 - 13 January 2019

‘Van Gogh Dreams’ is narrative installation that allows you to enter the mind and heart of Vincent van Gogh. You can experience Van Gogh’s emotional journey when he moved from Paris to Arles, in the South of France.

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Classic Beauties | Artists, Italy, and the Esthetic Ideals of the 18th century | 16 June 2018 - 13 January 2019

A grand tour along the finest examples of neoclassical art from the Amsterdam Hermitage. The Amsterdam art exhibition Classic Beauties offers a journey through European Neoclassicism, including the unrivalled Canova collection with The Three Graces.

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

Amsterdam The Magic Center | until 6 January 2019

Between 1967 and 1970 Amsterdam flourishes as a progressive and artistic haven attracting hordes of young people from all over the world. Artists rebel against the establishment and seek alternative, new platforms: on the streets, in magazines and television. Featuring works from Amsterdam’s most important museum for modern art, this exhibition sheds new light on the radical innovations and artistic and social experiments of the era.

Spirits of the Soil by Raquel van Haver | until 17 Mar 2019

Raquel van Haver (1989, Bogotá, Colombia) refers to her work as ‘loud’ paintings that sympathetically portray people on the fringes of society. In a raw, expressive style, her latest work captures her experiences in the Bijlmermeer Amsterdam, where she lives and works, and reflects on her stay in the ‘barrios’ and ‘favelas’ in megacities such as those found in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. 

The Magical Center exhibtion in Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum of modern art

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