Cobra Museum in Amstelveen

by Tanja
Cobra Museum Amstelveen

The  Cobra Museum of Modern Art is located in Amstelveen, a 25-minute bus, tram or metro ride from Amsterdam. The Cobra Museum showcases a collection of art from the Dutch avant-garde art movement Cobra. Cobra paintings are usually colorful, playful and bright. The simple and childlike portrayal of the world is influenced by folk and primitive art, myths, animals and child’s paintings are many portraits. Juan Miró was a big inspiration.

History of Cobra movement

Cobra is the name of a group of artists from COpenhagen, BRussels and Amsterdam (hence the name) founded in 1948. Original members were Asger Jorn (Danish), Christian Dotremont from Belgium and the Dutch painters Karel Appel and Corneille. Their unity was short-lived, lasting only until 1951.


Cobra Museum Amstelveen
Zwaaiend kind met parachutist by Elburg.

Creative experiments

Cobra rebelled against the academic rules and intellectual boundaries after World War II had shown ‘intellect’ can be harmful. Creative expression and spontaneity and the anarchist ideals of Cobra led them to experiment with different materials and cooperation between painters, poets and sculptors. Most famous Cobra artists from Holland are Karel Appel and Corneille.

Zen garden

The inner courtyard is designed as a Japanese zen garden. It was designed by Tajiri and it shows a haiku, referring to the 4 elements.

The Fountain

Outside of the entrance of the Cobra Museum Amstelveen is a 5-meter high sculpture made by Karel Appel, The Fountain. The fist in the fountain symbolizes power. The bird represents freedom.

Cobra museum of modern art
The Awakening by Jorn (1953).

How to get to Cobra Museum Amstelveen

Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen is located next to the central bus station of Amstelveen. There are many buses to this station from Amsterdam.

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