Quote from the street
What happens when you take street art off the streets and place it into a gallery context? That’s what this massive exhibition at STRAAT, a new museum dedicated to graffiti, aims to answer. STRAAT's debut exhibition features 153 artworks by 140 artists (with names like Wayne Horse, A Squid called Sebastian, and Buff Monster) from 32 nationalities.
Amsterdam’s street art scene is continually gaining momentum. During a stroll through any one of the city’s character-filled neighbourhoods, you’ll find sculptures, murals, installations and quirky curiosities to spark your interest. Check out our favourite outdoor street art pieces.
Quote from the street // STRAAT museum
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
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.
A virtual version of the exhibition is also available.
From Thonet to Dutch Design
The Stedelijk have put together an epic exhibition that takes you through modern design history. See 125 years of pieces, from chairs and objects through to carpets, graphics and fashion by some of the big names in design: Ray and Charles Eames, Gerritt Rietveld, Michael Thonet and more. The Memphis room is a joy to behold with pieces by Sottsass, George Sowden, Michelle De Lucchi and many others including mesmerising animations based on Memphis-designs by Nathalie du Pasquier. There’s something for the kids as well with whimsical and modern toys thrown into the mix. And of course, the Amsterdam School is well represented.
Until 21 March 2021 // Stedelijk Museum
A grave in the clouds
Todesfuge (Death Fugue) was written in May 1945 by Romanian poet Paul Celan. The poem is about the horrors of the Holocaust and the concentration camps and occupies a central position in this moving the exhibition. Celan himself survived several labour camps, but sadly his parents did not survive the war. Translated into more than forty languages, Todesfuge is one of the most-published and avidly discussed poems in the German language.
11 December 20 to 16 May 2021 // Jewish Cultural QuarterCheck out our round-up of photography exhibitions in the city.