Events in Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum: Caravaggio-Bernini. Baroque in Rome

Rijksmuseum: Caravaggio-Bernini. Baroque in Rome

14 February – 13 September

A story of immense artistic vigour in Rome and radical renewal in the arts in the approximate period from 1600 to 1640. The exhibition will be guided by key terms in the artistic vocabulary of the time, such as wonderment (meraviglia), vivacity (vivezza), motion (moto), jest (scherzo) and horror (terribilità).

More information

Rijksmuseum: Thanks to Waller 2010-2020

Rijksmuseum: Thanks to Waller 2010-2020

14 February – 13 September

This exhibition includes highlights from early printmaking includes Madonna with Child (c. 1470) by Master I.A.M. of Zwolle and Crucifixion with Four Angels (c. 1485) by Martin Schongauer – Waller allocated much of his wealth to the acquisition of prints from this period. Italian, Dutch, German, and French masterpieces from the 16th to the 19th century will also be on display. They include two drawings: a 1599 design sketch by Karel van Mander and a landscape by Claes van Beresteyn, from 1670. 

More information

Van Gogh Museum: Exhibition ‘In the Picture’

Van Gogh Museum: Exhibition ‘In the Picture’

21 February – 30 August 2020

A portrait tells us more than you may initially think. How did Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Thérèse Schwartze and other artists present themselves in their portraits? Find out more in the exhibition ‘In the Picture’.

More information

Stedelijk Museum: Nam June Paik – The future is now

Stedelijk Museum: Nam June Paik – The future is now

14 March – 23 August

Paik’s multidisciplinary, radical, innovative and playful work continues to inspire a new generation of artists. He was one of the pioneers of contemporary video art and predicted the power of mass media to shape our lives. Fanning out over 16 rooms, the survey is the biggest and most ambitious retrospective in years.

More information

FOAM: On Earth – Imaging, Technology and the Natural World

FOAM: On Earth – Imaging, Technology and the Natural World

20 March – 2 September

On Earth – Imaging, Technology and the Natural World unites the work of 27 contemporary artists who use innovative visual techniques to reflect on the evolving relationship between humans and nature. Besides photography, the artists make use of installation, sculpture, in-game photography and video.

More information

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.

More information

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.

More information

Huis Marseille: Viviane Sassen – Venus & Mercury

Huis Marseille: Viviane Sassen – Venus & Mercury

1 June – 30 August

This exhibition was born in Versailles, where Sassen created new work inspired by various accounts of the French royal court in the 17th and 18th centuries. She wove these stories into a melancholic narrative drenched in eroticism, power, intrigue, illness, decay, and death. Sassen also created a number of new installations specially for Huis Marseille, including one based on the residential history of this Amsterdam canal-side house.

More information

FOAM: Vivian Maier – Works in Color

FOAM: Vivian Maier – Works in Color

1 June – 13 September

Works in Color shows street scenes in Chicago, – the city where Maier lived for much of her life – featuring people, objects, billboards and shop windows. Her work in colour seems altogether playful and tongue in cheek.

More information

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.

More information

FOAM: Mali Arun – Paradisus

FOAM: Mali Arun – Paradisus

3 July – 13 September

Foam presents a short film by filmmaker Mali Arun (1987, France). In front of the camera a breathtaking landscape in black and white unfolds, teeming with lush vegetation and overwhelming waterfalls. Arun travelled to the seemingly untouched Krka nature reserve in Croatia. What she found there turned out to be far from paradise. The place is overrun by a never-ending stream of tourists who move in large numbers through the landscape, albeit uncomfortably.

More information

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.

More information

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.

More information

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.

More information

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.

More information

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.

More information

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).

More information

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.

More information

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

More information