Amsterdam exhibitions calendar

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Hermitage

'Dutch Masters from the Hermitage. Treasures of the Tsjars' | until 27 May 2018

The prestigious Hermitage in Amsterdam showcases one of the greatest treasures of the State Hermitage in St Petersburg: the world’s leading collection of Dutch Golden Age painting outside the Netherlands.

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 exhibition Classic Beauties will offer a delightful journey through European Neoclassicism, including the unrivalled Canova collection with The Three Graces.

Van Gogh Museum

'Van Gogh & Japan' | 23 March 2018 - 24 June 2018

Japanese printmaking was one of Vincent’s main sources of inspiration and he became an enthusiastic collector. The prints acted as a catalyst: they taught him a new way of looking at the world. The exhibition ‘Van Gogh & Japan’ sheds a light on the influence of Japanese art on the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh.

Van Gogh and Japan exhibition Amsterdam

‘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 ‘Gauguin and Laval on Martinique at the Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum’ features the warm, vivid paintings they created on the island.

The Mango Trees, Martinique Paul Gauguin (1848 - 1903), Martinique, 1887. an Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Foam

'The Other Half.' The Activist Photography of Jacob Riis | 16 February - 15 April 2018

Exhibition of Danish-American photographer Jacob Riis. Riis (1849-1914) is considered one of the pioneers of the documentary genre. Riis was a journalist and social reformer in New York around the turn of the century. He used the camera to capture the impoverished living conditions of the slums of Lower Manhattan.

Seydou Keïta. Bamako Portraits. | 6 April - 20 June 2018

In the 1950s and 60s, a colourful collection of inhabitants of Bamako, capital of Mali, posed for Seydou Keïta (1921-2001, Mali). People visited Keïta’s studio to have their picture taken at their best: wearing extravagant dresses made from wonderful textiles with splendidly formed headdresses, or posing in a modern Western suit with a bow tie, leaning against a motorcycle, or with a radio tucked under their arm.

Thomas Albdorf | 15 June - 2 September 2018

Foam presents the first solo museum exhibition of Thomas Albdorf. Albdorf (1982, Austria) combines classic photographic genres with modern visual techniques.

Tropenmuseum

'Body art' | until 26 August 2018

Body Art is about body decorations in the broadest sense: from make-up and tattoos, to implants under the skin and surgical alterations.Through the ages and across cultures. The exhibition features contemporary work by world-famous artist ORLAN and photographs by Krijn van Noordwijk, alongside personal accounts and leading items from their collection.

'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 discover the lively and diverse fashion scenes that shake up the world of fashion.

Biblical Museum

The flood revisited | 2 February - 17 June 2018

The exhibition The Flood Revisited shows works of nine Dutch photographers who were inspired by the ancient and universal story of the flood.

Photo exibit at Biblical Museum, Amsterdam

Cobra Museum

Eugène Brands: between studio and universe | 20 Jan 2018 - 27 May 2018

Retrospective – with over a 100 works – of Dutch artist Eugène Brands. The exhibition includes Brands’ surrealist work from the 1940s, the CoBrA period, the childlike figuration of the 1950s, and his abstract work on both earthly and cosmic themes.

Beurs van Berlage

My Name is Prince | 8 March - 8 June 2018

The first ever official exhibition about iconic superstar and legendary performer Prince will come to Amsterdam. The expo showcases hundreds of artefacts direct from Paisley Park, Prince’s famous Minnesota private estate. Visitors will get a unique insight into the life, creativity and vision of one of the most naturally gifted recording artists of all time.

Rijksmuseum

High Society | Four centuries of glamour | 8 March - 3 June 2018.

The rich and powerful love having their portrait painted by great artists. The Rijksmuseum presents 35 of these, all by the great masters in art history: from Cranach to Velázquez and from Rembrandt to Manet.

Ed van der Elsken Through the Eyes of Jan de Bont | 8 March - 3 June 2018

Ed van der Elsken (1925-1990) is The Netherlands’ most important photographer of the mid-20th century. Dutch Film director Jan de Bont (Basic Instinct, Speed, Twister) donated photographs from his own collection of Van der Elsken, of which 26 are on display.

Temporary exhibition in Amsterdam Rijksmuseum

Stedelijk Museum

Keith Haring | Velum | Until 3 June 2018

In 1986 the American graffiti artist Keith Haring created a large piece on the floor of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. After a restoration, the work is on show again.

'I Am a Native Foreigner' | Until 2 June 2018

‘I Am a Native Foreigner’ an art exhibition in Amsterdam about the effects of migration on artists. The work ranges from photographs of Dutch immigrants disembarking at New York’s Ellis Island around 1900, and Surinamese-born Dutch who made their home in the Bijlmer in Amsterdam southeast in the late ‘70s, to more recent images of refugees off the coast of southern Spain.

Stefan Tcherepin | The Mad Masters | Until 3 June 2018

Solo exhibition of American artist and musician Stefan Tcherepnin. The exhibition is an immersive narrative environment freezing in time moments as experienced by four large monsters.

Huis van Marseille

Bernd, Hilla and the Others. Photography from Dusseldorf | 9 March 2018 - 3 June 2018

The German photographers couple Hilla and Bernd Becher inspired many young photographers with their mathematical photos of industrial architecture in the 70s. Huis Marseille devotes an exhibition to this Düsseldorfer Photoschule.

Koos Breukel | Son | 8 September 2018 - 2 December 2018

The Dutch portrait photographer Koos Breukel (The Hague, 1962) – whose oeuvre is highly regarded both at home and abroad – has photographed his oldest son Casper since his birth in 2000. This has resulted in a series of intimate and sometimes moving portraits, which are not merely registrations of Casper in different phases of his life but also a reflection of the bond between father and son.

Oude Kerk

Christian Boltanski | Until 29 April 2018

He is using the entire church and deploying several monumental installations on the theme of what will come after our life has come to an end (NA). On the gravestone floor, the artist designed a labyrinth of tombs suspended above the graves, creating new perspectives and an architectural layer that emphasizes our predecessors.

You can contribute to the exhibition. In a contemporary confessional chair you can whisper a number of names of people buried in the Oude Kerk. A recording of the whispers will be played during the following weeks in the choir.

Over time, all of the whispers will be turned into a comprehensive soundscape that remains as an intangible part of the Oude Kerk.

De Nieuwe Kerk

Masterpiece 2018 | Gazing Ball | Jeff Koons |17 February - 8 April 2018.

The Gazing Ball Paintings is a series of imitations of famous paitings by artist Jeff Koons. The painting come with a a mirror glass ball. The idea is you are thereby sucked into the painting. If this is true, you can see for yourself as De Nieuwe Kerk on Dam Square has on display one of these paintings: Perugino’s Madonna and Child with Four Saints.

World Press Photo 2018 | 14 April - 22 July 2018

The World Press Photo 2018 exhibition opens at De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam on Friday 13 April, marking the start of an extensive world tour of the international press photo contest.

National Maritime Museum

Game Changers | Maritime Innovations' | until 1 July 2018

The exhibition shows over 25 impressive innovations from Dutch maritime history. These innovations have influenced  shipping and Dutch society as a whole, or have the potential for great influence, as contemporary innovations are also showcased. For instance, there is a reconstruction of the world’s first submarine dating from the 17th century alongside the futuristic Ortega Submersible, the winner of the Piet de Jong Innovation Award in 2016.

Drive | Maritime Innovations' | until 1 July 2018

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