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May 2019

Bodyworlds Amsterdam

May 1 - December 24
Bodyworlds Amsterdam, Damrak 66
Amsterdam, 1012 LM
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Bodyworlds Amsterdam

This might, at first view, seem the craziest way to spend time in Amsterdam. You will very quickly realise that it could be one of the most interesting things you have ever seen in your life. It's shocking for sure, but shocking in the sense of how little we really know about our bodies and the functions they perform. This visit will show you literally so much and you learn so much new information about what we are. Highly recommended…

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Classic Beauties

May 1 - June 21
Hermitage Amsterdam, Amstel 51
Amsterdam, 1018 EJ
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classic Beauties at the Hermitage Amsterdam

Humans are fascinated by the beauty of their own bodies. We always have been and we always will be. This exhibition showcases some of the finest Italian statues that were discovered in the 18th century and at that time it caused a movement for the appreciation of the human body in all its beauty.

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The History of the Amsterdam Canals

01/05/2019 - 29/06/2020
Het Grachtenhuis, Herengracht 386
Amsterdam, 1016 CJ
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Het Grachtenhuis

Amsterdam - it is defined by the water and its canal system. But how did it all happen ? Well in this fine museum that is exactly what you can learn. An impressive collection of displays will help you discover the miracle of how it all happened. Some excellent multimedia displays will impress upon you the magnitude of the work it took to create the canals as you see them today. This museum is a must for all visitors to…

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Micropia Amsterdam – Plastics expo

May 1 - October 6
Micropia, Plantage Kerklaan 38-40
Amsterdam, 1018 CZ
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alternative to plastic exhibition

Micropia is the world's only museum where microbes are the stars of the show. Small things can have a huge effect. This exhibition showcases the uses of microbes as a viable alternative to the scourge of plastic. Very topical at the moment and rightly so ! Every day at 1 and 4 PM inside Micropia.

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Buddha’s Life, Path to the Present

May 1 - July 12
Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam, Gravenstraat 17
Amsterdam, 1012 NL
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Niuewekerk Amsterdam

A fabulously curated mix old old object and contemporary art to celebrate Buddha. See artefacts dedicated to life of Buddha and the notion of enlightenment. Also present will be many modern works by diverse artists including Ai Weiwei to see how Buddha has influenced their creations. Another fabulous exhibition at the Nieuwekerk, which has fast become one of the premier exhibition centres in Amsterdam. Everyday 10AM to 5 PM

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More Oude Kerk

May 1 - October 6
Oude Kerk (Old Church), Oudekerksplein 23
Amsterdam, 1012 GX
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More Oudekerk Amsterdam

Did you know that the Oude Kerk is the oldest building in Amsterdam ? It is quite something to see. It also now hosts some fabulous expos, artistic installations, debates and exhibitions. More Oude Kerk is setup up to give you , the visitor, more access to everything in the Oude Kerk - More history, more art, more spaces. See more artefacts and more secret rooms.  Sure to be fabulous.

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80 Years War – The Birth of The Netherlands

May 1 - July 20
Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1
Amsterdam, 1071 XX
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The Rijksmuseum amsterdam

It is the 450th anniversary of the 80 years war. It was a war that effectively was the birth of The Netherlands. The exhibition will display many items in a historical context allowing the visitor to get a deep feeling for the conflict and the importance it has shaping The Netherlands as we know It today.

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NEMO Science Centre Amsterdam

01/05/2019 - 07/06/2020
Science Center NEMO, Oosterdok 2
Amsterdam, 1011 VX
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NEMO Amsterdam

The NEMO Science Centre Amsterdam is a must visit if you have kids of all ages. It is one of the best learning places for sciences in the world. The centres adds new installations all the time.  There is so much for the children to learn and the parents tend to learn a lot also ! You can use your museum card to get in for free too !

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Cool Japan

01/05/2019 - 07/02/2020
Tropenmuseum, Linnaeusstraat 2
Amsterdam, 1092 CK
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Cool Japan Amsterdam

Japanese art and fashions are famous the world over. Manga, the cutesy artwork of many cartoons and the numerous famous Japanese films that achieve success internationally (especially the hour genre) are universally appreciated. This exhibition is an update of a its previous iteration that took place in Leiden. Be prepared to allow your eyes to enter the realm of the senses !

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Van Gogh Dreams

May 1 - July 13
Van Gogh Museum, Museumplein 6
Amsterdam, 1071 DJ
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Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

This addition (requires extra tickets, see link below) to the permanent exhibition, gives the visitor more insight into his creatures adventure in Arles in the South of France. While Paris must have opened his eyes, it took a heavy toll on his health. The South of France with its sunny weather improved his general outlook and allowed him to pursue his dream of creating new forms of light in his art. In Vincent's letters to Theo, we understand that it…

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Frans Hals and the Moderns

May 1 - August 24
Frans Hals Museum, Groot Heiligland 62
Haarlem, 2011 ES
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Frans Hals and the Moderns Haarlem

The Frans Hals Museum is a must. Like Rembrandt, hugely under appreciated during his lifetime, he was 'rediscovered' as an art great over two hundred years after his death. Many of the 19th century painters adored his work, such as Manet and Van Gogh. He went on to have a massive influence on the 'modern' painters. Over 80 paintings on show. NB: This takes place at the Hof of the museum.

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An Unstoppable Force

May 1 - August 17
Cobra Museum Amstelveen
Cobra Museum Amstelveen

One for the kids and to get them interacting with art. It explores their creativity, spontaneity and purity. Art as an obstacle course ? The children get to build, climb over, crawl through artworks of their making. Adults of course, can and will want to join in ! What fun ! Who says kids are bored in museums?

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All the Rembrandts

May 1 - August 12
Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1
Amsterdam, 1071 XX
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All the Rembrandts

All the Rembrandts is the amazing new exhibition of a huge collection of his works. This marks 350 years since the death of the great artist. It is also the starting point for a full year of events to celebrate his talent, works and life. With 22 paintings, over 60 drawings and over 300 prints, it will be stunning. An opportunity for all to have a better perspective of this great artist. It will allow the public to understand the…

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MOCO – Daniel Arsham – Connecting Time

01/05/2019 - 11/01/2020
MOCO Museum, Honthorststraat 20
Amsterdam, 1071 DE
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Moco Museum Daniel Arsham

The MOCO Museum Amsterdam once again treats us to a festival of art. The New York artist Daniel Arsham brings his work to the MOCO. The exhibition is called 'Connecting Time'. The artist will enthrall and surprise us with his creations drawn from many artistic disciplines; Architecture, design, film, performance. His influences from pop culture and archeology are clear to see. The MOCO Museum Amsterdam once again raises the bar and firmly establishes itself as a go-to place for art…

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Hockney Van Gogh Exhibition

May 1 - July 26
Van Gogh Museum, Museumplein 6
Amsterdam, 1071 DJ
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Hockney Van Gogh Amsterdam

Hockney Van Gogh Exhibition. This spring time installation shows us how the work of Hockney has taken influences from the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. The title of this exhibition is 'The Joys of Nature'. It explores the parallels between the work of the two great painters. Many of Hockney's nature paintings will be present next to the masterpieces by Van Gogh.  There are Wednesday morning workshops for those that want greater insights. See here for details. For more Amsterdam…

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Masterpiece 2019 Nieuwe Kerk

May 1 - June 20
Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam, Gravenstraat 17
Amsterdam, 1012 NL
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Masterpiece 2019 de niece kerk Amsterdam

Masterpiece 2019 Nieuwe Kerk. Luca Giordano created this masterpiece around 1663 as part of the Catholic Church's effort to count the Reformation taking place. Masterpiece 2019 is on loan from the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin and it is very rare for his works to be on exhibit in the Netherlands. It is a work of exceptional beauty and energy and is breathtaking by its sheer size. It depicts the arch angel defeating satan is a classic representation of good verses evil. De…

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Treasury ! Hermitage Amsterdam

May 1 - September 11
Hermitage Amsterdam, Amstel 51
Amsterdam, 1018 EJ
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Treasury ! Hermitage Amsterdam straight from Russia

Treasury ! Hermitage Amsterdam - a massive celebration of fine art for the 10th birthday celebration. Some of the finest artworks from the collection in St Petersburg are present in Amsterdam. From a statue made 23,000 years ago to an artwork created in 2016. Famous artworks by famous artists are on display. there are over 200 pieces to see. a fabulous journey through the history of art. More information on the Hermitage website.  

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Nach Holland

May 1 - June 25
Resistance Museum, Plantage Kerklaan 61
Amsterdam, 1018 CX
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Nach Holland photos of the German invasion of Holland

Nach Holland - On the 10th May 1940 the German forces invaded The Netherlands. Days later, Rotterdam was destroyed and the Dutch forces surrendered. The researcher Gerard Groeneveld has amassed a huge collection of photos of that time. The German soldiers took a lot of photos of this period of history. This collection of photos allows us to have a better idea of the horrors of that time. More information is on the website of this fabulous museum.

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Kusama Moco Museum Amsterdam

May 1 - November 9
MOCO Museum, Honthorststraat 20
Amsterdam, 1071 DE
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Yayoi Kusama at the Moco Museum Amsterdam

Kusama Moco Museum Amsterdam. Yayoi Kusama is a world famous contemporary artist. She is both eccentric and enigmatic. She cannot be ignored and rightly so. Here works honoured here are 'Night of Stars' and 'Pumpkin'. She dresses the themes of feminism and sexism in her work.  A fabulous chance to see some of these great creations in a fabulous setting. The Moco website has more information.

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World Press Photo 2019

May 1 - July 25
Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam, Gravenstraat 17
Amsterdam, 1012 NL
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World Press photo Amsterdam 2019

World Press photo 2019. This stunning exhibition returns to Amsterdam. Images matters. Here you can see the most impactful press photos from across the world. Photographers, newspapers, press agencies and magazines send in their best images from the previous year in the news. Then a jury select 200 to be in this roving exhibition.  It is a great honour for the proper that captured those images. It is a great pleasure to view these images and a sometimes a very…

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Maria Lussnig – The Stedelijk

May 1 - August 11
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museumplein 10
Amsterdam, 1071 DJ
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Maria Lassnig at the Stedelijk Amsterdam

Maria Lussnig - The Stedelijk. This fantastic Austrian artist was one of the true art greats of the last 100 years. This 'Ways of Being' exhibition is a tour of all her greatest paintings and sculptures. The artist based many works of the theme of the relationship of her body to the world around her. Much of her life was spent painting in Paris. A wonderful and thoughtful collection. Well done the Stedelijk team for such a fabulous exposition. More…

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Dare to Discover – A VR Experience of 17th Century Amsterdam

01/05/2019 @ 08:00 - 07/06/2020 @ 17:00
National Maritime Museum, Kattenburgerplein 1
Amsterdam, 1018 KK
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VR experience at the maritime museum.

Virtual Reality is the future. Well it is also the present and the past right now in Amsterdam. The National Maritime Museum has a wonderful set up inside the main exhibition to allow you to experience 17th century Amsterdam as the ships were being build that would go all over the globe. You can wave from the quayside as your ship leaves dock. What leuk! This is for adults and children (over 8 years old) and you need to load…

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Changing Views at Foam

May 3 - July 7
FOAM Photography Museum, Keizersgracht 609
Amsterdam, 1017 DS
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Changing Views exhibition of photos at Foam Amsterdam

Changing Views at Foam - The Deutsche Börse, 20 years of a huge photographic art collection. Foam continues to shine as an important photo museum. This exhibition in 4 parts brings the very best of this great collection to Amsterdam. This is a must-see event. Information on the 4 different sessions can viewed here. Chapter 1: Germany (3 – 19 May) Chapter 2: Icons (21 May – 9 June) Chapter 3:Traces of Disorder (11 – 23 June) Chapter 4: Youth…

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