Amsterdam Exhibitions Calendar 2020/21


Caravaggio-Bernini. Baroque in Rome | until 13 September 2020

Temporary exhibition at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum displaying more than 70 masterpieces by Caravaggio, Bernini, and their contemporaries. Highlights are Caravaggio’s Narcissus, Boy Bitten by a Lizard and The Crowning with Thorns. Bernini sculptures include early work Bacchus, Saint Sebastian and the bust of Medusa.

Slavery, an exhibition | 12 February 2021 - 30 May 2021

For the first time, the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum will hold a temporary exhibition devoted to the subject of slavery, focusing on slavery in the Dutch colonial period, spanning from the 17th to the 19th century.

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Stedelijk Museum

Nam June Paik | until 23 August 2020

Survey of Nam June Paik, visionary artist and pioneer, through large-scale installations, video sculptures, modified television sets, and his early musical scores and robots.

From Thonet to 'Dutch Design' 125 years of living at the Stedelijk | July 2020 - March 2021

Landmarks of design history. Designs by the Thonet brothers, Gerrit Rietveld, Charlotte Perriand, Verner Panton, Richard Hutten, Hella Jongerius and others alternate with lesser known or previously unexhibited pieces by Bertha Bake, the Wiener Werkstätte, Lambertus Zwiers, Nanna Ditzel and Aldo van den Nieuwelaar.

Beyond the image| 29 February - 9 August 2020

Tribute to Dutch photographer Bertien van Manen (The Hague, 1942). Her work is an autobiographical visual diary, in which she mirrors, examines and rediscovers her life in different ways, in those of others. Many of her series are long-running projects for which she revisits places and people and develops close relationships within communities.

Dana Lixenberg Imperial Courts | until 9 August 2020

Imperial Courts (2015) by Dutch photographer Dana Lixenberg is a video installation capturing the everyday life in Imperial Courts, a public housing project notorious for its gang-related violence.

In the presence of absence | 5 September 2020 - 31 January 2021

Spanning more than 14 rooms, the interdisciplinary exhibition In the Presence of Absence presents a selection of (counter) narratives that challenge fixed ideas about our society and question how history is written.

Van Gogh Museum

In the Picture | 21 February - 30 August 2020

How did Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Thérèse Schwartze and other artists present themselves in their portraits? The self-portraits of Vincent van Gogh are the thread running through this temporary exhibition in Amsterdam’s Vanogh Museum. With the multimedia guide you can step into the world of Van Gogh’s self-portraits along with other artist portraits.

Your loving Vincent | 9 October 2020 - 10 January 2021

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

This is surrealism! The Boijmans masterpieces | 1 June - 27 September 2020

While the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam is closed for renewal, a collection of surrealist masterpieces from its collection travels the world. First stop is the Cobra Museum in Amstelveen. Works by Salvador Dali, René Magritte, Max Ernst, Miró, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Leonora Carrington, Paul Delvaux.


Jewels! | until fall 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 Oude Kerk

adrián villar rojas: poems for earthlings | until 16 August 2020

Impressive but controversial installation by the Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas. Rojas Villar Rojas invites viewers to become explorers of an unpredictable microcosmos of his design, where the future, the past, and alternate versions of our own present interact as a constantly changing totality.


Vivian Maier - Works in Color | until 13 September 2020

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.

On Earth – Imaging, Technology and the Natural World | until 2 September 2020

Work of 27 contemporary artists who use innovative visual techniques to reflect on the evolving relationship between humans and nature. Besides photography, the artists make use of installation, sculpture, in-game photography and video.

Alec Soth – I Know How Furiously Your Heart is Beating | 11 September - 6 December 2020

New series by the Magnum photographer consisting of portraits of remarkable people in their habitat, and still-lifes of their personal belongings.

Huis van Marseille

Viviane Sassen: Venus & Mercury | until 30 August 2020

The temporary exhibition in Amsterdam’s Foam museum Venus & Mercury by photographer Viviane Sassen tells stories of Marie Antoinette, mistresses and fortune tellers. Some of these stories are related by the actress Tilda Swinton in a hypnotic video installation.

Jean-Luc Mylayne - The Autumn of Paradise | autumn 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.

Rembrandt House Museum

Black in Rembrandt’s Time | until 6 September 2020

The Rembrandt Museum takes a closer look at the portrayal of black people in 17th-century paintings. It turns out, between around 1630 and 1660 there was a small community of free black people around Amsterdam’s Jodenbreestraat, where Rembrandt lived. Black people were not just secondary figures in subordinate roles in paintings from those times, but often the subjects of the works of art.

Amsterdam Museum

Beer | July - 1 November 2020

Temporary about the history and importance of beer for the city of Amsterdam. From the recent craft beer revolution, through the era of industrialization and the rise of pale lager in the late 19th century, to the late-medieval foundations of Amsterdam’s later trade successes that were laid with the import of German hopped beer.

De Nieuwe Kerk

World Press Photo 2020 | from 1 June 2020

De Nieuwe Kerk on Amsterdam’s Dam Square hosts the world premiere of World Press Photo 2020. All nominated images and videos are on display, including Photo of the Year. The winners will be announced during the Award Show on Thursday 16 April.

Moco Museum

Banksy – Laugh now | until 1 April 2021

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 | until 3 January 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.

Bali. Behind the scenes | until 10 January 2021

An exibibion about the tropical island of Bali: the effect of mass tourism, but also the resilience of island culture. Get to know the Hindu priest out to preserve traditions in his own way and meet the artist and activist Made Bayak whose work highlights Bali’s problems with plastic waste.

Jewish Cultural Center

Charlotte Salomon in close-up | until 22 November 2020

This temporary exhibition at the Amsterdam Jewish Historical Museum explores the influence of film on Charlotte Salomon’s gesamtkunstwerk Life? or Theatre? A Singspiel.

So much I gazed on beauty | until 30 August 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 | 12 October 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 12 October 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 6 September 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.