Written by Megan Waters
Studio Drift: Coded Nature
The Stedelijk Museum presents the first solo exhibition of Dutch duo Studio Drift, who focus on the changing relationships between man, nature and technology. Founders Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta engage with topics such as sustainability, the meaning of natural processes for today’s environment and issues raised by augmented reality. In addition to their early designs, Coded Nature features new, previously unseen work by the artists, including the largest-ever installation of Fragile Future. This iconic light-sculpture series of dandelion heads individually applied to LED lights propelled the artists to international renown and occupies a unique place at the interface between tech art, performance and biodesign.
Until 26 August, Stedelijk Museum
KWAB. Dutch Design in the Age of Rembrandt
Silverware, furniture and picture frames with seemingly just-solidified shapes of the auricular style adorned the chicest interiors of the 17th-century elite. This exhibition delves into the popular technique, which became the most important and sensational contribution that the Netherlands made to the development of interior art in Europe. The Dutch artists established the trend in England, Germany and France. The Rijksmuseum highlights this Dutch design in over 100 works from the Golden Age.
29 June–16 September, Rijksmuseum
Forever Young? Impermanence in Photography
Photography not only chronicles the passage of time, impermanence, and the ageing of people and things, but photographs themselves are uniquely impermanent objects. This exhibition explores the relationship between photography and transience. Spread out over five galleries, the presentation spotlights photographs that portray impermanence and those that are showing signs of age. The exhibition also looks at photography that plays with the suggestion of ageing.
Until 12 August, Stedelijk Museum
Foreign artists introduced the pastel portrait to the Netherlands in the 18th century, and it was later popularised by painters such as Charles Howard Hodges, Heinrich Siebert and Thérèse Schwartze. This exhibition showcases works commissioned by nobility, politicians and bankers.
Until 4 June, Museum Van Loon
After two successful indoor editions, this robotics exhibition is venturing into nature for an outdoor event. Presenting big and small objects and installations, artists, researchers and designers will all explore how robotics can positively contribute to the world’s damaged ecosystem.
1–15 June, Tolhuistuin
The Flood Revisited
Nine distinguished and up-and-coming Dutch photographers took up the challenge of figuring out the importance of the story of the Flood in modern times. This exhibition poignantly presents the results.
Until 17 June, Bijbels Museum
Fashion Cities Africa
This exhibition explores urban fashion from the perspective of local designers, stylists, retailers, photographers and bloggers in Casablanca, Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi and the Netherlands, as well as creations by the Sartists, Said Mahrouf and the Maki Oh fashion label.
Until 6 January, Tropenmuseum
The Third House Owner
In the run-up to Huis Marseille’s 20th anniversary in 2019, the museum is featuring exhibitions that focus on its collection and history. Japanese artist Chikako Watanabe finds inspiration from its characteristic canal-side home and earliest residents.
9 June–2 September, Huis Marseille