Here’s a great way to lose a few hours exploring Amsterdam with new eyes – without having to leave your home. Twenty-five artists (and artist collectives) reflect on today’s ever-growing and evolving city. They document peculiar changes and tell unique stories of underexposed sides of Amsterdam. The results are often dizzying as you will notice when exploring the website where you can also take virtual tours of the exhibition across various locations. Covering subjects such as migration, gentrification and the meaning of ‘home’, we are presented with fresh views of the city – very appropriate for these fluxing times.
Refresh Amsterdam is a biennial initiative of Amsterdam Museum, and organised in collaboration with an appropriately quirky selection of local organisations: De Appel, CBK Zuidoost, Compagnietheater, OSCAM, Rijksakademie, SEXYLAND and The Black Archives.
Experience Refresh Amsterdam Online // Amsterdam Museum
Bach & Brahms
In the coming weeks, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (NPO) and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (NKO) will present a variety of concert streams live from the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Conductors and soloists for the special programs are the conducting oboe player François Leleux, "Klangvisionär" Daniel Reuss, artist-in-residence Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, cellist Kian Soltani and conductor Marcus Poschner.
Sun 4 Apr, 2 pm: Concert stream Bach's Johannes-Passion
Thu 29 Apr, 8.30 pm: Concert stream Brahms and Strauss
Various sessions // Orkest.nl
Rijksmuseum Street Tour
The Rijksmuseum has created an interactive art route through Amsterdam. Ten different locations refer to famous Amsterdam works of art from history, such as the Kloveniersburgwal refers to The Night Watch. The route starts at Dam Square and passes, among other things, the Flower Market, Rembrandtplein and ends at the museum itself.
Don't feel like going out? Then you can also download the artworks from the route via the website, but it's currently only available in Dutch.
Rijksmuseum Street Tour // Rijksmuseum
Discover the Empty Concertgebouw Sessions
Karsu in Concertgebouw, photo by Kim Balster
Enjoy the famous acoustics of the Concertgebouw from the comfort of home! Having been forced to cancel most events with an audience this year, the famed institution has quietly built up a collection of online concerts under the title Empty Concertgebouw Sessions. Every Thursday at 18:00, they are streamed live from the main hall. Have a look to see what catches your ears – may it be Dutch-Iranian soprano superstar Lilian Farahani or a local band paying tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Online // Empty Concertgebouw Sessions
Corona in the city
One-man flower parades by Teun Castelein and Sasja Strengholt
The Amsterdam Museum’s ever-growing digital exhibition, Corona in the City, features a rainbow of contributions from hundreds of Amsterdam’s residents and organisations, including photographs, videos, texts and sound recordings about this discombobulating period of time. Enjoy images of empty streets – and recordings of what they sound like. Or venture into a museum, visit a vacant night club, listen to quarantine stories, converse with a lonely clown or make your own contribution.
Online // Amsterdam Museum
Foam at Home
There’s no need to miss out on seeing the latest upcoming stars in the world of photography as Foam has launched the Talent Edition of Foam Talks. Here’s your chance to get inside information and fresh perspectives from Talent 2020’s photographers as they speak with curators about their work. You can also see works from the exhibition via their special website.Until 21 April 2021 // Foam
We know it’s not the same as being in a gallery and getting up close and personal to art works, but a few galleries have found a way to show art online that works given lockdown. Romancing the Surface at GRIMM Amsterdam explores the dynamics of materiality, albeit behind a monitor in this case, but regardless there’s some beautiful work to see. And from 1 February The Ravestijn Gallery will make available Philippe Braquenier’s exhibition Earth not a globe, which has been nominated for the Louis Roederer Discovery Award 2020.
Feeling claustrophobic? Perhaps a tad squirrelly? If so, venture out to Nationaal Park Nieuw Land. Located just east of Amsterdam and filled with birds, deer, foxes and hares, the sweeping fields and wetlands at this nature reserve feel almost otherworldly in the winter, as the days grow darker and a stillness seeps into the landscape. And after you’ve been there, why not pop over to the nearby Nature Park Lelystad to see otters, moose, bison and wild boar?
Anytime // Nationaal Park Nieuw Land
Online events and more
Looking for extra entertainment? Here are a few bonus ideas to fill your weekend:
- Explore our quarantine streaming suggestions
- Browse Pakhuis de Zwijger's programme of English events online
- Peruse this wonderful timeline of the life of Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken
- The culture house Felix Meritis is offering many of its (English-language) programming highlights for free via Flix by Felix.
For the latest updates about coronavirus (COVID-19) in Amsterdam, visit our coronavirus information page.