Amsterdam exhibitions calendar 2018 – 2019



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

Collection: Han Singels. Polder Holland | 8 September 2018 - 2 December 2018

Polder Nieuwkoop Noorden 2006 © Han Singels

Hellen van Meene. And everything goes on when you die | 8 September 2018 - 2 December 2018

Polder Holland’ is a series by Han Singels all about the classic Dutch polder landscape. The Dutch landscape also forms the decor in the new series of panoramas by Hellen van Meene. For Hellen van Meene, the coffin and the mourners are the centrepiece; Han Singels gives pride of place to the cow.

The Farmers by Hellen van Meene 2018 exhibition Amsterdam

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


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

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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.

Rembrandt House Museum

Rembrandt in Paris | 21 September 2018 - 6 January 2019

Rembrandt in Paris: Manet, Méryon, Degas and the Rediscovery of Etching (1830-90) is an exhibition in the Amsterdam Rembrandt Museum dedicated to the etching revival in France. Frenche artists like Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Odilon Redon and Theodore Rousseau were inspired by Rembrandt’s character and work. The finest works of art will be brought together for the show: elegant French ladies, Parisian cityscapes, impressive landscapes and artistic posters.

Tanjobutsu, the historical Buddha Sakyamuni as infant. Japan, Edo period, 17th- 18th century. Bronze, gold, h. 20 cm. Ger Eenens Collection The Netherlands / Wereldmuseum Rotterdam. Photo: Erik and Petra Hesmerg

De Nieuwe Kerk

Buddha’s Life, Path to the Present | until 3 January 2019

Ancient and modern art are combined in the Amsterdam exhibition Buddha’s Life, Path to the Present at De Nieuwe Kerk on Dam Square. The oldest object dates from the third century A.D. and the most recent is from 2018. Among the highlights is the standing Buddha, measuring over two meters high and dating from the fifth – sixth century AD, which greets the visitor at the entrance of the exhibition. Contributing contemporary artists are among others: Ai Weiwei, Yoko Ono, Tony Feher, Alicia Framis, Tatsuo Miyajima, Allan Kaprow, Rei Naito, Kohei Nawa, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Carolee Schneemann.

Stedelijk Museum

Günther Förg. A fragile beauty | until 14 oct 2018

A Fragile Beauty explores the work of German artist Günther Förg (1952–2013), a rebellious artist whose oeuvre embodies a critical, witty, yet rigorous and penetrating critique of the canon of modern art.

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.

The Magical Center exhibtion in Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum of modern art

Allard Pierson Museum

The World in Colour: Colour Photography before 1918 | 21 June 2018 - 6 January 2019

A soon as colour photography appeared, French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn started hiring photographers to capture the world in colour pictures. From this ethnographic treasure of over 72,000 autochromes, kept at the Paris Musée Albert-Kahn, the Allard Pierson Museum exhibits a selection.

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