Amsterdam exhibitions calendar 2019

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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.

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

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.

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh and the Sunflowers | 21 June - 1 September 2019

Painted in 1889, Sunflowers is one of Van Gogh’s most famous works. The temporary exhibition Van Gogh and the Sunflowers allows visitors to discover how important the sunflower was to Van Gogh and learn the answers to pressing questions such as how we can best preserve this painting so that it can be enjoyed by generations to come.

Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Arles, januari 1889 olieverf op doek, 95 cm x 73 cm Credits: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)

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Alex Drager - Silver Lake Drive | 14 June - 4 September 2019

Retrospective of more than ten years of work by the American photographer and filmmaker Alex Drager. Drager’s work is cinematic, drawing inspiration from her surroundings, personal experiences, street photography, pop culture and film. She utilises a range of style elements reminiscent of early film genres such as film noir, thriller, melodrama and crime fiction.

Dominic Hawgood - Casting Out the Self | 12 July - 13 October 2019

In the temporay exhibitions in Amsterdam’s Foam museum, Casting Out the Self, multi-disciplinary artist Dominic Hawgood (1980, UK) visualises the effect of the drug dimethyltryptamine (DMT).His work creates a hallucinatory effect: photographs seem to move, flat surfaces reveal hidden depths, and the perception of space turns out to be an illusion.

Kévin Bray - Morpher III | 12 July - 13 October 2019

The work of French artist Kévin Bray is a hybrid of techniques, motifs and formal languages in which he brings together painting, graphic design, sculpture, video, 3D-photography and sound design.

Huis van Marseille

Deana Lawson | 8 June - 1 September 2019

Photography expo in Amsterdam with work of the American photographer Deana Lawson (1979). Deana Lawson’s work concentrates on the experience of black people in the entire diaspora, capturing the dignity and grandeur of her models in a way that lifts her subjects above their daily circumstances.

Elspeth Diederix / When Red Disappears | 8 June - 1 September 2019

Dutch photographer Elspeth Diederix dived in the seas of Zeeland to make underwater photographs of the astonishing colour formations revealed by her lights.

Berenice Abbott / Portraits of Modernity | 8 June - 1 September 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.

Moco Museum

Daniel Arsham | 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.

Yayoi Kusama | 22 March - 30 September 2019

On display are two works of the eccentric and enigmatic Polkadot Princess, the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama: ‘Night of Stars’ and ‘Pumpkin’.


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.

Cool Japan | until 1 September 2019

Cool Japan showcases the world’s fascination with all things Japanese. From Hello Kitty to samurai and from well-known Japanese horror to kawaii (‘cute’) fashion from the streets of Tokyo.


12x Erwin Olaf | 3 July 2019 - 22 September 2019

The Rijksmuseum is honouring the work of Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf. On show are twelve of his works, placed alongside paintings from the Rijksmuseum.

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.

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.


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.


William Kentridge Ten Drawings for Projection | 3 June - 1 September 2019

The South African artist William Kentridge donated 10 Drawings for Projection to the Eye Filmmuseum. These ten short animation films marked Kentridge’s breakthrough on the international art scene. Illuminating the eventful history of South Africa, these films will be shown at Eye this summer as part of a larger installation. Also included in the exhibition is the film installation O Sentimental Machine (2015), featuring historical footage of Russian revolutionist Leon Trotsky.

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.

Amsterdam Museum

Fashion Statements | 18 April - 8 September 2019

Exhibition at the Amsterdam Museum about fashion and identity. On show are 75 historical costumes, each of them worn by its owner to make a statement. Six contemporary fashion designers review the costumes and present their own design, inspired by the fashion statements of those days.

Robe à la Française-circa-1760-1780 Collectie Amsterdam Museum

Jewish Cultural Center

The Persecution of the Jews in Photographs: The Netherlands, 1940–1945 | until 6 October 2019

This is a temporary exhibition at the National Holocaust Museum (NHM) in Amsterdam. On display are photographs taken in The Netherlands during the German occupation. It is curated by the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the event is a collaborative venture between the Jewish Cultural Quarter, the NIOD, and the Topographie des Terrors in Berlin, where the exhibition will be on view from the autumn of 2019.

Kabbalah: the art of Jewish mysticism | 29 March - 25 August 2019

The term Kabbalah was coined in the Middle Ages to encompass the centuries of scholarship through which Jewish mystics have sought to understand the mysteries of our existence in the world. Spread across all the Jewish Cultural Quarter locations in the Amsterdam Jewish Quarter this exhibition introduces Kabbalah with displays of ancient texts alongside work by modern and contemporary artists.