2016-10-31

Museum Het Schip - Amsterdam - Netherlands

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A long cherished wish has come true. Museum Het Schip expanded with 1,200 square meter. In the former primary school, a renovated museum of the Amsterdam School has openend it's doors for the public on July 2nd, 2016. It  houses a large exposition on the Amsterdam School, entitled AMSTERDAM SCHOOL, CONSTRUCTED IDEALS. The contemporary, interactive exhibition guarantees a surprising and inspiring visit for adults and children, including movies, mirrors, plays of shadows, soundscapes and multitouch tables. Visitors will vividly experience what it is like to be surrounded with the skills, inspiration and imaginative splendor of the Amsterdam School.

The exhibition shows the variety and wide range of the Amsterdam School movement. Architects, artists, housing authorities, passionate administrators and skilled craftsmen constructed the ideals in their own way, resulting in workers' palaces such as the Ship, Dawn and the Schippinghouse. In the whole country of the Netherlands one can admire these Amsterdam School buildings.

The Amsterdam School is an art and architectural movement of romance, fantasy and social ideals. Beauty and art were not only reserved for the elite, but served the whole society. The exhibition will introduce you to the richness of the Amsterdam School style: the buildings, the art and the uplifting of the working class. The Amsterdam School as a movement culminated in the early twentieth century, but still inspires to this day.

The exhibition is composed with collection of the Museum Het Schip, including a set of master bedroom furniture designed by architect Piet Kramer, and a lamp, painting and closet by Michel de Klerk. Also a lot of work of sculptor Hildo Krop is shown. An entire living room by Michel de Klerk, designed for 't Woonhuys, comes from  the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and the Amsterdam Museum. The Cultural Heritage Agency has given several Amsterdam School lamps and pieces of art for the exhibition in long-term loan. The exhibition is made possible by various funds and sponsors:

Museum Het Schip shows the beauty of the Amsterdam School in full glory. The exhibition is designed by Design Wolf and executed by Brandwacht & Meijer. Hardware and lighting: Rapenburg Plaza. Graphic design: Marjolein Triesscheijn. Audio and video productions: Captain Video. Multimedia: Sylvain Vriens. Project leader: Heske Dam. Curator: Barend Blom. Conservator: Eliza Perez. Support: Nikki Manger, Marjon van Wier, Joao Vitalis.


 
 
 

2016-10-28

Rijksmuseum - Amsterdam - Netherlands

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The Rijksmuseum is the principal national museum in Holland. It illustrates the art and history of Holland from the Middle Ages to the present. World-famous highlights from the Dutch Golden Age, including Rembrandt van Rijn’s Night Watch and Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid, can be admired at the Rijksmuseum
 
 
 
 
 

2016-10-27

Museum Willet-Holthuysen - Amsterdam -Netherlands

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Welcome to Herengracht 605. This double-fronted town house was built in 1867, towards the end of Amsterdam's Golden Age. It was occupied by various families. You had to be very wealthy to live a house like this, on one of the city’s smartest canals. This was certainly true of Abraham Willet and his rich wife Sandrina Louisa Geertruyda Holthuysen, who lived here from 1861 to 1895. Their lives feature strongly throughout the museum.

When Louisa died on 30 January 1895, she bequeathed the house, its valuable contents and her husband's extensive art collection to the City of Amsterdam. The following year, the doors were opened and the final wishes of the former lady of the house were fulfilled; her beloved home was transformed into a museum named after herself and her husband. Museum Willet Holthuysen, managed by the Amsterdam Museum, is still open to the public more than a hundred years later.

The house is open all year round. You can look around the splendid 18th and 19th-century period rooms. The impressive ballroom, conservatory and dining room bear witness to the Willet-Holthuysen's lifestyle. The kitchen and scullery in the basement give a good impression of the day-to-day life of their servants. At the back of the double-fronted canal house is a formal French-style symmetric garden, which was reconstructed in 1972. Museum Willet-Holthuysen is located on the Herengracht in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam canal belt is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

In 2016, Museum Willet-Holthuysen is celebrating its 120th anniversary and radical changes have been announced. Over the next few years, the period rooms will be renovated and reconstructed. Progress reports and news will be posted on the museum's website

 
 
 
 
 

2016-10-26

Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder - Amsterdam - Netherlands

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Tucked away in the heart of Amsterdam’s inner city lies a small marvel: Our Lord in the Attic Museum: a uniquely preserved seventeenth-century house from the Dutch Golden Age. Explore the narrow corridors and climb the stairs to historically furnished livingrooms, kitchens and bedsteads, leading literally to the highpoint of the museum: an entire church in the attic.

This Catholic church dates from 1663. While it was prohibited to celebrate mass, the authorities turned a blind eye. Indeed, the church symbolises the characteristic (religious) tolerance of the Netherlands, established by the Dutch in the sixteenth century under Willem of Orange. Freedom of religion and of conscience are central themes at the museum today. It makes Our Lord in the Attic far more than a museum: it is a special place in which to contemplate and to experience.

Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder is the oldest museum in the city, second only to the Rijksmuseum. It receives more than 100,000 visitors every year. A unique monument from the Golden Age, it has been preserved largely due to initiatives taken by private individuals. In 2015, the monument was extended into an additional building at Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38, where the new entrance vestibule was established. The two buildings are connected to each other via an underground passage. Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder is now a proper in situ museum – where history is tangible and everything is old and authentic, where visitors can truly experience the building and its story, and where a link can even be established with current events.

 
 
 
 

2016-10-25

Rembrandthuis - Amsterdam - Netherlands

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For twenty years the Netherlands’ greatest artist lived and worked in this impressive building in the heart of Amsterdam, now a museum. The Rembrandt House Museum gives visitors a complete Rembrandt experience. With a seventeenth-century inventory as a guide, the house has been meticulously refurbished with furniture, art and objects from that time. The museum has an almost complete collection of Rembrandt etchings and stages inspiring exhibitions about Rembrandt, his predecessors, contemporaries and pupils. The Rembrandt House Museum is also a venue for exhibitions of work by contemporary artists—artists who have been inspired by the work of Rembrandt, their seventeenth-century predecessor. Come and meet him in his own home.


 
 

2016-10-24

Museum Geelvinck - Amsterdam - Netherlands

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Experience this private city palace, dating from 1687. Together with its lush secluded garden, its living rooms celebrate an unexpected hidden wealth of historic design. Imagine yourself living today in the home of one of the wealthiest oligarch families of the Dutch Republic. Enjoy the elegant riches of the pre-industrial 18th and 19th Centuries. The Geelvinck house is renown for its historic pianoforte instruments, which often are used for small chamber concerts.


 
 
 

2016-10-21

Foam - Amsterdam - Netherlands

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Foam is all about photography.
Foam is an internationally operating organisation in the field of photography, based in Amsterdam.


Foam informs and inspires the widest possible audience by presenting all facets of contemporary photography.

We accomplish this by organising a range of activities. These vary from exhibitions to publications, debates and educational projects. Foam discovers, develops, defines, publishes and stimulates. In this process, scouting and presenting young, emerging talent is one of our distinguishing qualities. Many activities take place from within the Amsterdam museum, but for specific projects, Foam will also approach an international audience.

Foam frequently organises events abroad, often in close collaboration with our partners. Foam is situated in the heart of the international photography community and aims to be constantly up-to-date. We respond to the latest developments in photography with original yet relevant projects, and are not afraid to break with tradition and strike new paths. In this process, quality, flexibility, innovation, accessibility and entrepreneurship are core values.


 
 
 

2016-10-20

De Nieuwe Kerk - Amsterdam - Netherlands

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For decades, De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam has been known for its high-profile exhibitions about art, photography, and inspiring individuals and cultures. With an average of 220,000 visitors a year, the church is one of the most popular exhibition venues in the Netherlands. It also plays a role of national significance, hosting royal ceremonies, official gatherings, and cultural events.

One of Amsterdam’s most impressive historical monuments, De Nieuwe Kerk is a place of inspiration, commemoration, and celebration in Dam Square, the heart of the city.

 
 
 
 

2016-10-19

Biblical Museum - Amsterdam - Netherlands

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Where Bible, art and culture meet in a monument full of history. A fascinating expedition through the world of one the oldest and most-read books.
Archaeological discoveries, artefacts from ancient Egypt, centuries-old models of the temple of Solomon and Herod, religious objects from the Judeo-Christian tradition and even aromas bring Bible stories to life for visitors to the Biblical Museum. It houses a famous 19th-century model of the Tabernacle: a wonderful reconstruction of the sacred shrine housing the Ark of the Covenant, which the Israelites carried with them during their exile in the desert under the leadership of Moses. Displays centred on a model of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem explain the significance of this sacred place in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Clay tablets, fragments of papyrus and archaeological remains tell the fascinating story of how the Bible came into existence, and the influence it has had on Dutch society through the ages.

A unique museum in a historic setting: The Cromhout House
The Biblical Museum is housed in two historic buildings on the Herengracht canal in Amsterdam, the Cromhout House. The renowned architect Philips Vingboons built the houses for Amsterdam merchant Jacob Cromhout in 1662. This remarkable and atmospheric setting provides a home for the unique collection of one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands.

In the beautiful canal-side house you will be able to get acquainted with the Cromhout family. For almost two centuries, this family lived in four majestic houses on the stylish Herengracht canal. To this day, their houses are just as impressive and splendid as they were in the Golden Age.

Wandering through the different rooms you will hear the story of seven generations of the Cromhout family: about their influence on the city and on Amsterdam’s artistic and cultural life, about their great wealth, their faith and the many international contacts they maintained. This family history, full of ups and downs and unexpected turns, is told in a spectacular setting. The stylists’ collective The Wunderkammer was responsible for the contemporary and flamboyant design and furnishing of the rooms. For this, they were able to draw on the rich collection of the Amsterdam Museum. Unique works of art, furniture, silver and paintings form an amazing visual whole and bring the illustrious history of the Cromhout family to life.


 
 
 


2016-10-18

Amsterdam Museum - Amsterdam - Netherlands

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Amsterdam: a world city? Yes, but also small, quaint and strong-minded. Home to Johan Cruijff, Rembrandt, Ajax, the Red Light District, the Dutch East India Company and marijuana. The capital of the Netherlands. A 1000-year-old trading city that has a special relationship with water and a strong focus on entrepreneurship, creativity, citizenship and free-thinking. In the monumental Amsterdam Museum building you will discover the story of Amsterdam through a large number of masterpieces, such as an aerial map from the Middle Ages and Breitner's The Dam. See, read about, hear and experience how the city has developed in the Amsterdam Museum.


 
 
 
 

2016-10-17

Allard Pierson Museum - Amsterdam - Netherlands

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Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeology museum of the University of Amsterdam. The ancient civilisations of ancient Egypt, the Near East, the Greek World, Etruria and the Roman Empire are revived in this museum. Art-objects and utensils, dating from 10.000 B.C. till 1000 A.D. give a good impression of everyday-life.

 
 
 
 

2016-10-14

William Morris Gallery - London - U.K.

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The William Morris Gallery is housed in a Georgian house, built in the 1740s and set in Lloyd Park in Walthamstow, in north-east London. The grade II* listed building was Morris's family home from 1848 to 1856. The only public Gallery devoted to William Morris, it reopened in August 2012 following a major redevelopment.


 
 
 

2016-10-13

Whitechapel Gallery - London - U.K.

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Our history has always been the future. For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Paul Noble, Thomas Struth, Sarah Lucas and Mark Wallinger.

With beautiful galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, historic archives, education resources, inspiring art courses, Cafe/Bar and Bookshop, the Gallery is open all year round, so there is always something free to see.
 
 
 
 
 

2016-10-12

The Wallace Collection - London - U.K.

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The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.


 
 
 

2016-10-11

V&A - London - U.K.

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The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum holds many of the UK's national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.


 
 
 

2016-10-10

Tate - London - U .K.

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Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art

 
 
 
 

2016-10-07

South London Gallery - London - U.K.

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The South London Gallery is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art space which has been free to the public since its foundation in 1891. The gallery opened on its present site on Peckham Road in 1891 as the South London Fine Art Gallery and Library. Its founding mission to “bring art to the people of south London” is a vision which continues to hold true to this day and with a particular emphasis in the past twenty years, in showing challenging new work by emerging and established British and international artists.

 
 
 
 

2016-10-06

Somerset House - London - U.K.

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Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London, sitting between the Strand and the River Thames. During summer months 55 fountains dance in the courtyard, and in winter you can skate on London's favourite ice rink. Somerset House also hosts open-air concerts and films, contemporary art and design exhibitions, family workshops and free guided tours of spaces usually hidden to visitors.
The Trust's mission is to conserve and maintain Somerset House to the highest standards and to develop the site as a public space which is universally recognised as a world class visitor attraction and centre of excellence for culture and the arts.
 
 
 
 
 

2016-10-05

Sir John Soane’s Museum - London - U.K.

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Sir John Soane (1753 – 1837) was one of the most inventive architects of his time.
He built the Bank of England and Dulwich Picture Gallery, as well as his own extraordinary home by buying, demolishing and rebuilding three houses in Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
First, in 1792, he bought number 12 – pleased, perhaps, with its proximity to the Royal Academy, then at Somerset House, and the coaching inns on High Holborn. This was to be his home, office, and a space for his collections.
He created a distinctive fa├žade in white Norfolk brick – a material which would have stood out on the street. And at the back of the house, he built a two-storey architectural office.
Then in 1807, Soane bought number 13 in order to acquire its stable block.  He rebuilt the stables into a new office and museum space, which he filled with plaster casts and Roman marbles.
Soane wanted this space to be educational. In 1809, he toyed with a big idea: turning all of numbers 12 and 13 into a museum for architectural models, casts and drawings –organised into rational categories. He announced this idea to his students at the Royal Academy. However, this ambitious plan was impractical and was soon abandoned.
Soane continued to acquire objects and display them, but instead of categorising objects, he decided to show his collection in creative, eclectic ways instead.
In 1812, Soane’s unusual collection had taken over the space once occupied by the stables at the back of number 13. He needed more room, so he acquired the rest of the house and moved in. He rebuilt the front part, connecting it to the back, giving him plenty of new space to display his collection.
Soane now opened up the house to his students, hoping to aid their studies with his collection. Magazines began referring to the house as ‘an Academy of Architecture’.
Soane’s collection grew further. He ended up with some spectacular items – like the sarcophagus of the Egyptian king, Seti I. He was constantly arranging and rearranging these objects throughout his life, not just to incorporate new acquisitions, but to enhance their poetic qualities through inspiring juxtapositions. The organisation of the museum can seem chaotic. It is, in fact, quite purposeful – each room a work of art in its own right.
In 1824, Soane acquired and rebuilt number 14 Lincoln’s Inn Fields. The front part was a separate house which was rented out. The stables and courtyard at the back were demolished, replaced with an extension to number 13 which became the Picture Room.
In 1833, he negotiated an Act of Parliament: to preserve his house and collection, exactly as it would be at the time of his death – and to keep it open and free for inspiration and education.
Four years later, Soane died. A board of trustees took on the responsibility of upholding Soane’s wishes – as they continue to do so today.
And – as he intended – Soane is still inspiring us, nearly 180 years later.
We’ve recently completed a £7 million project to restore previously unseen parts of the building, and to create a new shop, exhibition gallery, and flexible space for displays and events.
Today, this unique house attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year. We hope that they enter curious and leave inspired – as our Founder intended.


 
 
 

2016-10-04

Serpentine Galleries - London - U.K.

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The Serpentine Galleries comprises two galleries situated 5 minutes walk from each other on either side of The Serpentine Bridge in the heart of the Royal Park of Kensington Gardens in central London. The Serpentine Gallery, established in 1970, and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects in 2013, present world-renowned exhibitions of art, architecture and design throughout the year.


 
 
 

2016-10-03

Saatchi Gallery - London - U.K.

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The Saatchi Gallery aims to provide an innovative forum for contemporary art, presenting work by largely unseen young artists or by international artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibited in the UK.

The audience for exhibitions of contemporary art has increased widely during the recent years as general awareness and interest in contemporary art has developed both in Britain and abroad.

When The Saatchi Gallery first opened over twenty five years ago it was only those who had a dedicated interest in contemporary art who sought out the gallery to see work by new artists. The audience, however, built steadily over the years and in our new home in King's Road our visitor numbers now exceed 1,5million per annum, with over 2000 schools a year organizing student visits.

The Saatchi Gallery has worked with media sponsors on a number of shows including The Observer, The Sunday Times, Evening Standard, The Independent on Sunday and Time Out.

Many artists showing at The Saatchi Gallery are unknown when first exhibited, not only to the general public but also to the commercial art world. Many of these artists are subsequently offered shows by galleries and museums internationally. In this effect, the gallery also operates as a springboard for young artists to launch their careers.