Roman baroque comes to Amsterdam
The beginning of the 17th century marked the start of the Baroque, a style of art that utilised contrast, movement, exuberance and grandeur to achieve a sense of awe and surprise in the viewer. In Rome, the leading lights of the movement were Caravaggio and Bernini, the two key artists in the Rijksmuseum’s exhibition Caravaggio-Bernini: Baroque in Rome. This wondrous show features 70-plus masterpieces by Caravaggio, Bernini and their contemporaries with iconic works brought together from important collections across the globe.
Until 13 September // Rijksmuseum
The future is now
Widely considered as a pioneer of video art, Korean-American artist Nam June Paik’s large-scale retrospective is now on show at the Stedelijk Museum. A collaboration with Tate Modern and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the exhibition features a selection of this video visionary’s immersive installations plus works that viewers can interact with. Book online to secure your viewing slot.
Until 23 August // Stedelijk Museum
The art of the self-portrait
The Van Gogh Museum’s In The Picture exhibition takes a close look at the self-portrait. It presents a selection of works by artists such as Van Gogh, Anna Boch, James Ensor, Lizzy Ansingh, Francis Bacon and many others who have focused their gaze on themselves. The result is an impressive selection of modernist paintings that provide a glimpse into the artists and how they saw themselves. The works have been grouped around themes, for example, the artist at work, up close and personal, and the suffering artist. There’s also an app, which provides background information on the works and artists.
Until 30 August // Van Gogh Museum
Take a double-dip into surrealism
Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen is staging two exhibitions around surrealism. This is Surrealism! The Boijmann Masterpieces brings together pieces from the museum’s collection. Think works by Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Eileen Agar and many others. Surrealism and Cobra is the accompanying exhibition, and looks at how the movement influenced the Cobra artists. Founding Cobra artists were closely involved with surrealism at first but eventually broke away after disagreements paving the way for the formation of Cobra.
Until 29 November (This is Surrealism) and until 27 September (Surrealism and Cobra) // Cobra Museum of Modern Art
Unfair TM (Temporary Museum)
Usually Unfair would take place annually in March/April but, as we all know, this year COVID-19 has thrown a spanner in the works. But that hasn’t stopped the team behind the festival staging a new event, Unfair TM, a pop-up museum showing the work of the latest crop of up-and-coming artists. Each artist has their own space and has curated their own solo exhibition providing you with an excellent opportunity to see and support young artists.
Until 23 August // Westergas
Check out our round-up of photography exhibitions in the city.