Amsterdam In A New Light: The City That Has It All
ITALIAANDER GALLERIES – Located on Prinsengracht, just around the comer from Spiegelkwartier, Galerie Italiaander features the most beautiful African and Asian art and antiques. Behind the richly vegetated facade of the canal house, you’ll discover a hidden world full of giant statues, ethnic jewels, masks and battle shields. A must for collectors, but certainly also worth a visit for those interested in African and Asian cultures. The friendly staff is very willing to tell all there is to know about the origins and backgrounds of all art pieces.
KUNSTHUIS AMSTERDAM – Kunsthuis Amsterdam is specialized in contemporary art from well-known artists. Housed in a former bank office on the corner of Koniginneweg and Amstelveenseweg, the gallery and art library has an extensive program of art show’s. Umbrella organization Knnsthuizen has grown into one of the biggest organizations of its kind in the Netherlands with over 10,000 works of art in possession from more than 150 leading national and international artists.
TRIBAL DESIGN – After 15 enjoyable years in de Nieuwe Spiegelstraat, Tribal Design has moved to a magnificent, spacious gallery on “the sunny side” of the Spiegelgracht. Situated a stone’s throw from the newly refurbished Rijksmuseum, Spiegelgracht 8 is in the center of Amsterdam’s vibrant antiques quarter. At Tribal Design you can find a large selection of masks, statues, body ornaments and objects of daily use from all over Oceania, Africa and Indonesia. The carefully selected collection of authentic tribal art attracts collectors, museums and interior decorators worldwide.
VILLA DEL ARTE GALLERY – During this winter’s group show Villa del Arte presents the fascinating X-ray photographs by the British artist Nick Veasey. Also available are Francoise Nielly’s limited edition Fine Art prints on aluminum and the latest works by Edo Kaaij and Yvonne Michiels. Villa del Arte Gallery shows contemporary art of locally and internationally emerging and acclaimed artists and is a treasure chest to be found amongst the galleries of the famous art-district Spiegelkwartier. Collectors from abroad have their purchased art shipped to their door, insured and with the best care guaranteed.
IRIS & SCHRIEK – GRAPHIC FINE ART GALLERY – Marc Chagall is known to be ‘the quintessential Jewish artist of the 20th century’. The early modernist is associated with many artistic styles, creating works in virtually every artistic spectrum. Galerie Iris & Scliriek has a large collection of original etchings, woodblocks and stone-lithograplis. Besides Chagall, the gallery recently broadened and deepened the activities offering graphic work of other artists like Miro, Matisse and Dali and from Karel Appel to Bram van Velde. Browse through the collection and find a unique souvenir or valuable original work.
WANROOIJ GALLERY – Wanrooij Gallery is specialized in electing enchanting contemporary art from across the globe. Over the past 10 years it has been able to establish a platform for acclaimed and emerging artists predominantly working in new media. Wanrooij acquired unique knowledge and an experience that enables them to sport fresh and stimulating art for your collection.
So ART GALLERY – This modem art gallery specializes in art and master prints, paintings, drawings and sculptures in a wide variety from the 1900’s till the present. The art house offers works of Picasso, Miro, Dali, Chagall, Marini, Warhol, Haring, Basquiat, Zadkine, Matisse, Corneille, Heyboer, Kelly, Koons, Armando, Calder, Cremer and many others. Founder and owner Cornelis Claudius Sprint Veas and his team advise both commercial as well as private collectors and others. Good to know: So ART exports purchases all over the world. The store takes care of handlings, custom-made packaging and guarantees a safe delivery at your home. So ART Gallery specializes in MasterPrints, a large collection of prints that are produced in limited editions on special paper. Some are even hand signed and come with a COA certificate. “You are more than welcome to come by and have a look”.
MUSEUM OUR LORD IN THE ATTIC – Tucked away in the heart of Amsterdam’s inner city lies a small marvel: Our Lord in the Attic Museum: a uniquely preserved seventeenth-century house from the Dutch Golden Age. Explore the narrow corridors and climb the stairs to historically furnished living rooms, kitchens and bedsteads, leading literally to the highpoint of the museum: an entire church in the attic.
PORTRAIT GALLERY OF THE GOLDEN AGE – Thirty colossal, 17th century group portraits can now be seen together for the first time in the Hermitage Amsterdam. These ‘brothers and sisters’ of the Night Watch are unique all over the world and are rarely exposed due to their size. They show us regents, chic guards and merchants of all ranks, social classes and religions, standing together as brothers. Rembrandt’s ‘The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Deijman’ and portraits of civic guards including Govert Flinck and Nicolaes Pickenoy are but a few examples of the works of art that are on view in the Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age. Due to its success the Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age has been renewed for the next few years.
MUSEUM WILLET-HOLTHUYSEN – Museum Willet-Holthuysen tells the story of the prosperous couple Abraham Willet (1825-1888) and Louisa Willet-Holthuysen (1824-1895). Abraham and Louisa were the last inhabitants of this monumental property on the Herengracht. Their shared passion for art contributed to a wonderful 19th-century collection which is still on display in their house.
CROMHOUTHUIS – Explore one of Amsterdam’s finest canal-side houses and get acquainted with the Cromhout family. For nearly two centuries, the family resided in four regal buildings on Amsterdam’s stylish Herengracht canal. Hundreds of years later, the buildings are still as impressive and distinguished as they were in the Golden Age. Since 1975, the upper floors of the Cromhouthuis have housed the Biblical Museum, where the Bible, art and culture are united.
NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM – During the 17th century, Amsterdam was one of the most powerful cities on the globe thanks to its harbour -the largest in the world. This resulted in the Dutch Republic’s most prosperous period known as the Golden Age. In order to understand Amsterdam, or the culture of the Netherlands for that matter, it is essential to understand it seafaring past. There is no better place to do this than at the National Maritime Museum, where you can watch more than 500 years of the country’s maritime history come to life.
TROPENMUSEUM – Amsterdam’s Tropenmuseum (Museum of the Tropics) is a museum about people, housed in an impressive listed building overlooking Amsterdam’s Oosterpark. The extensive permanent display and regularly changing exhibitions feature objects that all have a story to tell about humankind. Right now on display: Feel the rhythm and discover the roots! From jazz to salsa, from hip hop to rock-n-roll: music transcends borders and is universal. It does something to you. It moves you and gets you moving. Just like music itself is constantly on the move. The Rhythm & Roots exhibition takes you on a musical journey.
ARCAM ARCHITECTURE CENTRE AMSTERDAM – The Architecture Centre Amsterdam is the starting point for anyone who is interested in architecture. Come by for an afternoon full of local architecture. It’s a unique combination of a crash course in architecture followed by a guided tour through the city. The tour leaves from the Architecture Centre Amsterdam and takes you to the Oosterdokeiland and the iconic EYE Film Museum. It is the perfect Opportunity to see the city and to learn more about its special architecture.
FOAM PHOTOGRAPHY MUSEUM – Foam is an internationally renowned Amsterdam museum that exhibits all genres of photography in a beautiful canal-side setting. As well as displaying a wide variety of works, it acts as a creative hub where photographers can meet and participate in forums and symposiums. Since opening in 2002, Amsterdam’s Foam photography museum has showcased some of the biggest names in the field, including Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Inez van Lamsweerde, Diane Arbus, Helen Levitt, Anton Corbijn, Alex Prager and Cy Twombly. Alongside these large-scale events, the brightly lit, white rooms of this revamped canal house are filled with work from upcoming talents.
HERMITAGE AMSTERDAM – The Hermitage Amsterdam is the Dutch branch of the world-famous Hermitage museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Located on the banks of the Amstel River, the Hermitage Amsterdam is an exhibition space and cultural education centre with a focus on Russian history and culture. The Hermitage collection in Amsterdam displays rotating selections of works and artefacts from the Hermitage collection in Russia. These include paintings, graphic works, sculptures, applied art and archaeological discoveries. The Hermitage Amsterdam also has a special children’s section and regularly holds workshops focused on fun and creativity. All this has helped to establish the Hermitage Amsterdam as one of Amsterdam’s major museums.
AMSTERDAM CASTLE MUIDERSLOT – Just outside Amsterdam lies the imposing, medieval Muiderslot, part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam and included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. A guided tour through the Golden Age with the impressive Knight’s Hall is included in the ticket. A walk along the ramparts offers fantastic views of the water-rich environments. The beautiful gardens still retain the atmosphere of the Dutch Renaissance. Only 15 minutes from Amsterdam. Download the free app, your personal guide to the castle.
DUTCH RESISTANCE MUSEUM – From May 1940 to May 1945, the Netherlands was occupied by Nazi Germany. How did the Dutch respond to the increasing oppression of the occupying power? And what did it mean for their everyday lives? You’ll see, hear and read fascinating stories about the exceptional and sometimes heroic deeds as well as Dutch daily life during that period. Free audio guide in seven languages! For temporary exhibitions, guided tours and educational programs, please visit the website.
HET SCHIP – One of the most beautiful examples of the well-known architectural movement De Amsterdamse School. This impressive museum is located in the famous workers palace of architect Michel de Klerk. The extensive collection exhibits pictures, drawings, furniture and designs of household goods of the biggest representatives of the 100-year old group.
RIPLEY’S AMSTERDAM – Are you ready to discover a world where the amazing comes to life? Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Has incredible exhibits from around the globe. Let them open your eyes! With over 500 astonishing exhibits, galleries and interactive experiences spanning five floors, the museum celebrates the wonderful and bizarre in all its forms. Take a picture with their 7-meter transformer, come face to face with real shrunken heads from the Amazon or enjoy an unforgettable experience in the 5-D cinema!