Love Stories - Art, passion & tragedy

This striking new exhibition at Hermitage Amsterdam consists of more than 100 portraits from the late 16th century to the present day revolving around the theme of true love stories. Works by legendary artists such as Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), Lee Miller (1907–1977) and David Hockney (1937) are represented, along with portraits of famous couples such as Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas or David and Victoria Beckham. You’ll also encounters depictions of some of history's most famous muses such asAudrey Hepburn or Naomi Campbell.

Love Stories | until 8 January | Hermitage Amsterdam

Hockney’s Eye

All his life, David Hockney has been investigating how the Old Masters translated three-dimensional space onto the flat surface of a canvas. Their primary tool was their own eyesight, but they also used optical aids such as lenses and mirrors—which is what connects them to Hockney. The ever-vibrant British artist continues to find new ways to represent the world in his paintings, photographs and digital works. His work is therefore completely at home amongst the historic collections and scientific artefacts of Teylers Museum in Haarlem.

Read our guide to art and culture in Haarlem for more tips.

Hockney's Eye | until 29 January 2023 | Teylers Museum, Haarlem

Diane Severin Nguyen

In a new exhibition at Huis Marseille, Diane Severin Nguyen (1990, Carson) combines latex, hair and liquids in her photographic works to arouse strange sensations in the viewer. Using curious flesh-like materials, sensual light and vibrant colours, she creates complex images that are not easy to interpret. There is something mysterious about the detailed photos, as if something unexpected could happen at any moment.

Diane Severin Nguyen | until 4 December | Huis Marseille

UFO: Unidentified Fluid Other

What happens when the digital realm merges with our physical reality? And what's possible in this new dimension, unrestricted by boundaries and seemingly free from fixed social constraints? The new 'UFO - Unidentified Fluid Other' exhibition examines the emergence of fluid digital identities, transporting us to a new dimension of infinite possibility.

Read our five reasons to visit Nxt Museum this autumn.

UFO: Unidentified Fluid Other | until April 30 | Nxt Museum

Yesterday today - collection until 1950

The Stedelijk unveils the final section of the new collection presentation, Yesterday Today, about art and design from around 1880 to 1950. With over 300 works, the exhibition shows how a single art history does not exist but rather it encompasses many perspectives. Well-known artistic movements are discussed, such as the Amsterdam School, Functionalism, De Stijl, Bauhaus, CoBrA and the avant-garde around Kazimir Malevich and Olga Rozanova. By showing well-known works together with lesser-known highlights, other stories can rise to the surface.

Yesterday today | ongoing | Stedelijk Museum

Our Colonial Inheritance

Highlighting the lesser known history of Dutch colonial presence across Indonesia, Suriname, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and many other countries, the exhibition pays specific attention to the continued effects of the Dutch colonial past and how people lived through it: how they resisted, remained in power and endured. This exhibition makes one thing clear– colonialism is far from a thing of the past.

Our Colonial Inheritance | ongoing | Tropenmuseum

Iris Hassid: A Place of Our Own

A Place of Our Own documents the daily lives and experiences of four young women who have moved to Tel Aviv from their Arab communities to study. Israeli photographer Iris Hassid has been photographing the four protagonists since 2014, building up a portait of their ambitions, friendships, families and socio-political involvement. The photos reflect the complexities of their lives as Palestinian students in Tel Aviv and as ambitious women in Israeli society. All texts in the exhibition can be read in Dutch, English, Arabic and Hebrew.

A Place of Our Own | until 29 January | Jewish Museum - Jewish Cultural Quarter

100 Years of De Kring

In September 2022, the Amsterdam artists' society De Kring will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Based on a selection of photos, pamphlets, letters, membership cards and program booklets, the exhibition in the City Archives Treasury provides an eclectic picture of 20th-century Amsterdam bohemia. The collection celebrates the creative expression of the period, as well as illuminating the challenges within the society and club life in times of crisis. Free to enter.

100 Years of De Kring | until 8 January 2023 | Amsterdam City Archives (Stadsarchief)

Mous Lamrabat: Blessings from Mousganistan

Hope and beauty are central to the work of self-taught photographer Mous Lamrabat, (Morocco, 1983). His work stimulates and sometimes shows a confrontational fusion of the different worlds in which he grew up. In doing so, the artist uses aesthetics and humour to create powerful, new stories around sensitive topics such as racism, religion and women's rights.

Blessings from Mousganistan | until 16 October | FOAM

We just want to be closer

We just want to be closer draws connections between the works of two South African artists from different generations: Singarum Jeevaruthnam Moodley and Neo Image Matloga. The exhibition reveals a fascinating layered story about freedom and self-determination during and after Apartheid.

We just want to be closer | until 30 September | ABN AMRO Art Space

Barbara Hepworth in the Rijksmuseum Gardens

This open-air exhibition of works by the pioneering British sculptor is freely accessible to all. Barbara Hepworth (1903 - 1975) had already made her stamp on the art world by her twenties, carving beautiful abstract forms from wood, stone and marble. The eight works displayed are primarily from the 1960s and 70s but have not lost any of their potency - even after half a century.

Barbara Hepworth | until 23 October | Rijksmuseum

Future Bodies

Upstream Gallery Mutant Garden Installation ViewThis group exhibition, curated by Anne de Jong, brings together works by artists from different generations, all exploring the role of the body through different technologies and from a female perspective. The artists explore the possibilities and limitations of digital technology and virtual worlds for bodies in the past, present and future. Includes work by Salomé Chatriot, Auriea Harvey, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Martina Menegon, Eva Papamargariti, Coralie Vogelaar, Cassie McQuater and Addie Wagenknecht.

Future Bodies | until 15 October | Upstream Gallery

Rembrandt Revival

Manet, Morisot, Whistler, and Cassatt — are just a few famous painters who took inspiration from Rembrandt and started making etchings themselves. Between 1850 and 1940, they ensured an international revival of the art of etching: the Etching Revival. Admire dozens of highlights from this collection in this new exhibition at Rembrandthuis. In the audio tour, Neeke Fraenkel-Schoorl takes you personally along with some of her favourites.

Rembrandt Revival | until 30 October | Rembrandt House Museum

Tussen Gaasp & Gracht

What do Gaasperdam and the canal belt have in common? More than you’d think, apparently, as can be seen during Tussen Gaasp & Gracht at three locations. The pop-up exhibition tells stories about the age-old relationship between the Zuidoost and Centrum districts and their residents. The rural area on the Gaasperplas was – before Zuidoost– an important agricultural and livestock area. Wealthy Amsterdammers had country estates there in the 17th and 18th centuries. An example is the Langerlust farm on the Gaasperplas in Zuidoost, one of the few remaining country estates. In the 19th century, it came into the possession of the Van Loon family, whose home is now a museum. At Imagine IC on Bijlmerplein, the focus is on contemporary culinary heritage.

Tussen Gaasp & Gracht | until 2 October | Museum van Loon, Langerlust & Imagine IC