World Press Photo

What a year it has been. Relive the highs and lows from one of the most turbulent periods in modern history through the lenses of the world’s boldest and baddest press photographers. Every year, World Press Photo brings together the very best of news imagery from around the globe, assembled into a travelling exhibition of over 200 images. Take your time to absorb it all and definitely bring some tissues.

Link to Online World Press Photo Festival 2021 here.

Photography // until 31 August 2021 // De Nieuwe Kerk


Rijksmuseum Slavery Exhibition Amsterdam

This landmark exhibition addresses the history of slavery in the Dutch colonial era in terms that are fascinating, moving and above all, human. Unearth the true stories of ten people who really lived during this period through a series of incredible objects and archives brought together for the first time. The displays give voice to those who were enslaved and slave owners themselves, those who benefited from the system and those who resisted it.

Online symposium about the exhibition here.

Art and history // until 29 August // Rijksmuseum

Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman Seven Figures Stedelijk AmsterdamTate Modern and Stedelijk join forces for the first major retrospective in the Netherlands of the groundbreaking American artist whose work inspired a generation. Over his 50-year career, Nauman worked in every conceivable medium, dissolving established genres of art-making and inventing new ones along the way. His practice was continually at the forefront of technology, blending sculpture, film, neon, video, sound, and text to confront viewers with their own physical and mental presence.

Modern art // until August 2021 // Stedelijk Museum

Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: A Love Revolution

Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst AmsterdamMove aside Ulay and Marina, there’s a hot new artist couple in town. Once upon a time (in approximately 1928), a talented, disabled, bi-cultural and bisexual woman by the name of Frida Kahlo fell in love with Diego Rivera, a celebrity muralist with shared radical ideals. Their intense marriage made waves during a revolutionary period in Mexican history and art-making. All this is revealed through a series of intimate photographs in Cobra’s summer exhibition, alongside 23 iconic pieces by Kahlo, including some of her most famous self-portraits and around 30 key works by Rivera and his contemporaries.

Keep an eye on the Cobra Museum website for their hybrid programme that will include a webinar on the commercialisation of Frida Kahlo and a virtual curator’s tour.

Modern art // until 26 September 2021 // Cobra Museum

Chapter 4OUR: Abundance

Het HEM Chapter 4OUR Simone v Saarloos Vincent v Velsen AmsterdamWhat if everything had the right to exist without proof of purpose, goal, hierarchy, priority, or profit? Curators Simon(e) van Saarloos and Vincent van Velsen answer this as they take the helm for Het Hem’s hotly-anticipated fourth exhibition chapter. The group show brings together works by more than 15 artists, all presented within the cavernous surrounds of this former munitions-factory-turned-experimental-art-space. The exhibition and public programme will explore infinite meanings inherent in the concept of ‘Abundance’, all tied into themes of identity politics and inclusivity.

Contemporary art // through the Summer // Het Hem

Are Jews White?

Jewish History Museum Are Jews White Dam 2020 AmsterdamThis Spring, the Jewish Cultural Quarter and guest curators Gideon Querido van Frank, Lievnath Faber and Anousha Nzume pose the provocative question: Are Jews White? Tackling challenging topics of anti-semitism, priviledge and racial divides, the exhibition considers where society places Jewish people on the spectrum of representational politics today. The programme encompasses a video installation with interviews as well as debates and performances.

History and politics // until 1 August 2021// Jewish Historical Museum

The Art of the Brick

Combine your shopping with a visit to the largest exhibition of sculptures in the world, made entirely out of LEGO bricks by American artist Nathan Sawaya. There are a hundred artworks to explore in this family-friendly exhibit, which elevates the humble LEGO brick into spectacular pieces of work. 

Family-friendly // until 29 August 2021 // The Art of the Brick, Kalverpassage shopping centre, Kalverstraat 212-220 (between Heiligeweg and Muntplein)

Foam Talent

Education is Forbidden Rahima Gambo Foam Talent 2021 AmsterdamEvery year Foam showcases the very best work chosen from portfolios submitted by photographers under 35 from across the globe. This presentation of a new generation of visual artists never disappoints with many going on to become household names.

Online exhibition here.

Photography // until 25 August 2021 // Foam

Be Brave!

Resistance Museum Wees Moedig Exhibition

Opposing injustice takes courage and can have dire consequences. Willem, Coba, and Joop stood up against the persecution of the Jews during the February strike of 1941. These three Amsterdammers played an active role in the only massive protest action against the persecution. This exhibition asks what the cost of this bravery was for them and their loved ones.

History // until 31 July 2021 // The Resistance Museum

Infinite Identities. Photography in the Age of Sharing

Infinite Identities

This group show displays the work of eight artists and photographers who use Instagram to develop aspects of their art and to communicate about their practice. The exhibition explores how social media can add a virtual layer to the art world, blurring the boundaries between online and offline experience.

Photography // until 29 August 2021 // Huis Marseille

Hansken, Rembrandts olifant

Rembrandthuis Hansken olifant AmsterdamA new family-friendly exhibition at Rembrandthuis tells the astonishing and moving life story of Hansken, the most famous elephant of the 17th century. As the only elephant in Europe at the time she was paraded around countless markets, courts and fairs and spent time in Amsterdam where a budding artist named Rembrandt van Rijn developed a small fascination with her. Original drawings of her by Rembrandt and his contemporaries are presented alongside historical documents and a digital map on which you can follow Hansken’s trail through Europe.

Old masters // until 25 July // Rembrandthuis