Amsterdam Exhibitions Calendar 2020/21


Ed van der Elsken Crazy World | until 10 January 2021

Ed van der Elsken (1925-1990) was a famous Dutch photographer, known for his raw street-style photography, often portraying people. On display are more than 100 objects – including prints, photo book designs and contact sheets.

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

Ulay Was Here | 21 November 2020 - 18 April 2021

Temporary exhibition with some 200 works by Ulay,a pioneer of Polaroid photography and performance and body art: experimental, uncompromising, and committed to social issues.

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.

From Thonet to 'Dutch Design' 125 years of living at the Stedelijk | until 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.

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Inspires Jean-Luc Mylayne | until 14 February 2020

Van Gogh and his love of nature is a special source of inspiration for Jean-Luc Mylayne (1946). Like Van Gogh, in his work he wants to express the connection he feels with nature.

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

Under the Skin - Claude Cahun | Until 9 May 2021

Retrospective of French artist, activist and writer Claude Cahun (1894 – 1954). Cahun was a versatile artist, had an enormous network within the Parisian avant-garde, joined the Jewish resistance, and had outspoken ideas about the world around her, all of which she expressed through her art.


Tsars and Knights | Until 31 July 2021

At Amsterdam’s Hermitage museum is the temporary exhibition Tsars and Knights, The Romanovs’ love affair with the Middle Ages. Over 250 objects from the Russian Hermitage are brought to the Netherlands. They tell stories of czars, knights, ladies, courtly love, and tournaments.

Allard Piersson

Goddesses of Art Nouveau | 23 October 2020 - 21 Match 2021

The Allard Pierson museum shares the collections of the University of Amsterdam with visitors and scholars in the areas of archaeology, the history of books, Jewish culture, church history, cartography, literature, graphic design and zoology. The exhibition “Goddesses of Art Nouveau“ is about the fascination for feminine beauty in the international art nouveau movement.


Remsen Wolff –
Amsterdam Girls | until 6 December 2020

From 1990 to 1992, the American photographer Remsen Wolff spent one month each year at the American Hotel in Amsterdam to work on the project Special Girls – A Celebration. For this project, Wolff made portraits of transgender people in New York and in Amsterdam. The photographs show the huge variety in gender fluidity in the 1990s, beyond the spotlight of notorious Amsterdam nightclubs such as Club RoXY and iT.

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

Infinite Identities. Photography in the Age of Sharing | 28 November - 7 March 2021

Nine contemporary artists and photographers show how the photographic social medium of Instagram works for them as a digital podium, an archive, an atelier, a source of inspiration, and a locus of interaction and documentation.

Vincent Delbrouck - Champú | Expected in 2021

In 2018 photographer Vincent Delbrouck photographed and filmed a group of young people in the El Chivo park in La Vibora, a quiet district of Havana, Cuba. The photo project is a testament to the eternally innovative life and resilience present in youth.

Rembrandt House Museum

Hello Rembrandt! | 19 December 2020 – 11 April 2021

Temporary interactive exhibition for explorers from 7 to 12 years old. Get to know Rembrandt’s masterpieces by looking and doing. Try out Rembrandt’s lighting, see how many layers a painting is built up, or dive into a pigment cabinet with all the pigments that Rembrandt used to make his paint.

Amsterdam Museum

Refresh Amsterdam | 11 December 2020 - 28 March 2021

Refresh Amsterdam is a project on urban culture. On show are works of over 25 contemporary Amsterdam artists from various disciplines, offering different perspectives on Amsterdam and its cultural diversity.

De Nieuwe Kerk

History & Royalty | 5 December 2020 - 11 April 2021

Temporary exhibition inside and about this important Amsterdam church. With films, historic objects, secret chambers and monumental interior parts. The exhibition’s climax is Panorama Nieuwe Kerk, a meters high film installation presenting the long history of the national church.

Moco Museum

The Kid | Until 31 July 2021

Contemporary artist The Kid uses art as a means to make us question the notions of power and privilege. On display at Moco Museum are his hyper-realistic, bigger-than-life portraits and life-size sculptures that confront the audience with the injustice in America and in many democracies around the world today.


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

Waterlooplein | 2 October 2020 - 28 February 2021

The Waterlooplein, the square, market en surrounding neighbourhood once was the heart of the Amsterdam Jewish Quarter. ‘Waterlooplein: the neighbourhood inside out’ focuses on developments from the 17th century to the present. 3D reconstructions, film footage, photos, objects and archaeological finds allow visitors not only to discover the neighbourhood itself, but also to see how archaeologists and historians are able, using individual elements and research, to create an impression of a neighbourhood that no longer exists.

A grave in the clouds | 11 December 2020 - 16 May 2021

Temporary exhibition at the Amsterdam Jewish Historical Museum about the poem Todesfuge (Death Fugue) by the Romanian poet Paul Celan (1920-1970). The poem, written in May 1945, is about the horrors of the Holocaust and the concentration camps and is now seen as the poetic ‘translation’ of the Holocaust.

National Maritime Museum

Clipper Stad Amsterdam | until January 2021

The 17th-century remake of the East Indiaman Amsterdam which is normally moored at the Maritime Museum cannot be visited from 3 September 2020 until January 2021. Throughout this period, the clipper Stad Amsterdam is moored instead. The ship can be visited on Wednesdays and Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm and on select additional dates.

Stephan Vanfleteren - Angels of the Sea | until 5 April 2021

Stephan Vanfleteren (Belgium, 1969) created a series of portraits of young people from the maritime school Royal Work IBIS in Bredene, Belgium.

Resistance Museum

WW II in 100 photographs | from 17 September 2020

Collection of 100 photographs taken during the Second World War. The photos were donated by the public. A jury of public and experts made the selection. The images show how inhabitants of the Netherlands, Dutch East India, and Suriname experienced the war.