Events in Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum: Ed van der Elsken: Crazy World

Rijksmuseum: Ed van der Elsken: Crazy World

30 October 2020 – 10 January 2021

The Rijksmuseum and Nederlands Fotomuseum’s joint acquisition of Ed van der Elskens’ artistic estate at the end of 2019 has provided the ideal opportunity to shed light on the working practice of one of the Netherlands’ most famous photographers. The display of more than 100 objects – including prints, photo book designs and contact sheets – reveals Van der Elsken’s hand in his photographs, printing and experimentation.

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Moco Museum: Banksy laugh now

Moco Museum: Banksy laugh now

Moco Museum offers a collection of some of Banksy’s most iconic works. The Laugh Now exhibition is not authorized by Banksy. Each artwork is made by Banksy, further validated by Pest Control with a certificate of authenticity. Furthermore, Pest Control is the only official body that can authenticate the anonymous street artist’s works.

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Rijksmuseum: Highlights of Italian drawing at the Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum: Highlights of Italian drawing at the Rijksmuseum

Until 23 November 2020

Works by great Italian masters such as Raphael, Michelangelo, Carracci, Barocci, Canaletto, Tiepolo and Piranesi are now being exhibited at the Rijksmuseum in a display of drawings from the museum’s Print Room collection. The most exceptional drawing is perhaps one by Raphael that dates from 1519-20. In 2020 it will be 500 years since the death of this master of the Italian Renaissance.

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Rijksmuseum: Music parade

Rijksmuseum: Music parade

Until 14 December 2021

This exhibition highlights various marching bands, from the 17th to the 19th centuries. The display shows a selection of about 100 historical musical instruments, military objects, prints and drawings. Most of these artefacts have not been on view since the early 20th century.

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Stedelijk Museum: From Thonet to ‘Dutch design’

Stedelijk Museum: From Thonet to ‘Dutch design’

July 2020 – March 2021

The museum began actively collecting interior design in 1934 and today boasts a world-class collection. This show features landmarks of design history interwoven with the exhibition and collection history of the Stedelijk.

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Stedelijk Museum: In the presence of absence

Stedelijk Museum: In the presence of absence

5 September 2020 – 3 January 2021

In the Presence of Absence shows a selection of artworks and design projects that challenge the idea of collective knowledge and public consciousness through stories that remain unseen, have been ignored or may be told more often within large public institutions.

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Huis Marseille: The Autumn of Paradise by Jean-Luc Mylayne

Huis Marseille: The Autumn of Paradise by Jean-Luc Mylayne

10 September – 22 November

This is the first solo exhibition of this French artist to be held in the Netherlands. For over forty years Jean-Luc Mylayne (1946) has focused on encountering birds in their natural environment and capturing their fleeting presence with his camera. In his images the birds are not only protagonists, but also equal conceptual partners. The exhibition comprises a selection of over forty works made between 1979 and 2008. 

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FOAM: Remsen Wolff – Amsterdam Girls

FOAM: Remsen Wolff – Amsterdam Girls

11 September – 6 December

The exhibition presents more than 50 vintage portraits and contact prints from the analogue archive of the American photographer Remsen Wolff (1940-1998). 

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FOAM: Alec Soth – I Know How Furiously Your Heart is Beating

FOAM: Alec Soth – I Know How Furiously Your Heart is Beating

11 September – 6 December

Foam presents the first museum exhibition of his new series, consisting of portraits of remarkable people in their habitat, and still-lifes of their personal belongings.

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FOAM: Gerrit Rietveld Academie – The Graduation Show

FOAM: Gerrit Rietveld Academie – The Graduation Show

18 September – 1 November

In celebration of this year’s graduation, Foam presents the final works of Gerrit Rietveld Academie photography department’s graduating class. The young artists exhibit work that was produced mostly during Corona lock-down.

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FOAM: Johny Pitts – Afropean: Travels in Black Europe

FOAM: Johny Pitts – Afropean: Travels in Black Europe

18 September – 1 November

In Afropean writer and photographer journalist Johny Pitts (Sheffield, UK) examines the life of black communities, travelling across Europe. In search of the “Afropean” identity he went across the continent travelling from London to Paris, via Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Stockholm, Moscow, Rome, Marseille, Madrid and Lisbon sketching an underexposed story about the continent in words and images.

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FOAM: Susanne Khalil Yusef – Lalalala

FOAM: Susanne Khalil Yusef – Lalalala

18 September – 13 December

Susanne Khalil Yusef (b. 1984) considers herself to be Palestinian. Her grandparents fled Jaffa in 1948 and were determined to return. They never did. Khalil Yusef’s Palestinian heritage is central to her highly personal artwork through which she addresses urgent topics such as displacement, human rights and identity. She creates small and expansive multimedia installations inspired by stories derived from various archives, found objects and personal encounters. The objects, characters, colors and forms have a meaning and play their own part in the story she wants to convey.

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Carré: Legacy – Lalah Hathaway sings Donny Hathaway

Carré: Legacy – Lalah Hathaway sings Donny Hathaway

21 September

This fall Metropole Orkest and Lalah Hathaway will meet again. The orchestra conducted by Vince Mendoza and the ‘First Daughter of Soul’ will honour American soulsinger, arranger and composer Donny Hathaway.

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FOAM: On Earth | Nantes le Lieu unique

FOAM: On Earth | Nantes le Lieu unique

1 October 2020 – 10 January 2021

Photography enables us to observe the world and the effects of our existence in it. It can be used to document, eternalise and motivate events. Photography has also testified to the paradoxical relationship between man, nature and technology. As we use contemporary technologies to document and question our relationship with the natural world, we increasingly experience this world through the very same technologies used.

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Van Gogh Museum: Van Gogh’s greatest letters

Van Gogh Museum: Van Gogh’s greatest letters

9 October 2020 – 10 January 2021

Vincent van Gogh wrote compelling letters about all aspects of his life: his dreams and disappointments, his love life, friendships and arguments, and about his battle with his illness.

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Rijksmuseum: New displays in the Asian Pavilion

Rijksmuseum: New displays in the Asian Pavilion

30 October 2019 – 18 October 2020

Every six months, the curators of Asian art present new works in the Rijksmuseum’s Asian Pavilion. The theme for the coming period is different worldviews and perspectives. Visitors will discover Taiwanese artist Tu Wei-Cheng’s parallel world of Bu-Num, explore a World of Ritual that sheds light on spiritual devotion and veneration, and see the first photographs of Indonesia – taken from both an Indonesian and European perspective.

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FOAM: Laia Abril – A History of Misogyny, Chapter Two: On Rape

FOAM: Laia Abril – A History of Misogyny, Chapter Two: On Rape

6 November 2020 – 10 January 2021

In March 2020 Laia Abril (1986, ES) won the fourteenth Foam Paul Huf Award. The Foam Paul Huf Award is organised and presented by Foam annually to a photography talent under the age of 35 to encourage photographers in their artistic development. Abril was chosen from a selection of 95 portfolios from 27 countries, each chosen by 30 nominators worldwide. Laia Abril won the prize for her longterm project The History of Misogyny from which she submitted Chapter one: On Abortion and Chapter two: On Rape.

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Rijksmuseum: Willem Diepraam, 50 years of photography

Rijksmuseum: Willem Diepraam, 50 years of photography

Fall 2020

An exhibition with early and recent work of photographer Willem Diepraam (b. 1944).

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FOAM: Foam Talent | Amsterdam 2020

FOAM: Foam Talent | Amsterdam 2020

18 December 2020 – 10 March 2021

Foam presents the exhibition Foam Talent 2020, with works from a new generation of visual artists.

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Rijksmuseum: Slavery

Rijksmuseum: Slavery

12 February 2021 – 30 May 2021

This exhibition testifies to the fact that slavery is an integral part of our history, not a dark page that can be simply turned and forgotten about.

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Rijksmuseum: XXL Paper

Rijksmuseum: XXL Paper

Summer 2021

XXL Paper presents the biggest works on paper from the Rijksmuseum collection – very few of them have ever been exhibited before, because of their size

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