Amsterdam exhibitions calendar 2019

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Stedelijk Museum

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.

Welkom today | 18 May - 13 October 2019

25 years after Nelson Mandela was elected president, Van Denderen and Tlali present a critical sequel to the highly-praised photo book Welkom in Suid-Afrika (1991) in which van Denderen chronicled apartheid’s final days in the gold mining town of Welkom. Welkom Today combines old and new photos by Van Denderen and Tlali with photos taken by students, family albums, newspaper archives and stories by writer Margalith Kleijwegt.

Colorful Japan | 7 September 2019 - 2 January 2020

The exhibition ‘Colorful Japan’ shows 226 Japanese posters in the Gallery of Honor of the Stedelijk Museum – from floor to ceiling.

Hybrid Sculpture | 23 March 2019 - 12 January 2020

The exhibition Hybrid Sculpture features more than twenty pieces by nineteen artists, most of them large-scale works, revealing how radically sculpture has changed since 1990.

Van Gogh Museum

Jean-François Millet: Sowing the Seeds of Modern Art | 4 October 2019 - 12 January 2020

Exhibition exploring how the work of Jean-François Millet inspired well-know artists like Van Gogh. With his radical painting technique, modern style and inspirational portrayal of peasant life, Millet undoubtedly sowed the seeds of modern art.

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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 | until 13 October 2019

The work of 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.

Brassaï | 13 September - 4 December 2019

French-Hungarian photographer Brassaï created iconic images of 1930s Parisian life. He was famous for capturing the grittier aspects of the city, but also documented high society, including the ballet, opera, and intellectuals – among them his friends and contemporaries like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Henri Matisse.

Huis van Marseille

Berenice Abbott Portraits of Modernity | until 1 December 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.

Chikako Watanabe The Third House Owner 1:9 | until 1 December 2019

To mark the museum’s tenth anniversary Chikako Watanabe created a dolls’ house inspired by the famous dolls’ house (ca. 1668–1710) made for the rich merchant’s wife Petronella Oortman, and now part of the Rijksmuseum collection. Employing the same ratio of 1:9 Watanabe made miniature versions of everything, including video projections, ceramic sculptures and soap blocks.

Outside Fashion Fashion photography from the Studio to Exotic Lands (1900–1969) | 7 December 2019 - 8 March 2020

Outside Fashion shows about 150 vintage fashion photos and magazines by a variety of photographers from the period 1900–1969.

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.


Jewels! Glittering at the Russian Court | 14 September 2019 - 15 March 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.


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.