While waiting for friends,staff at one of the museums I used to work for had a chat with me. They told me about their event, special guest, to sign up quickly. This monthly event is becoming very popular, but the number of tickets remains limited. Continue reading →
Blue sky, spring sun, garden waking up. Museum café open and offering the chance to sit in the small, quiet garden – provided the weather allows it. Most Sunday afternoons, there are concerts in one of the rooms of this Amsterdam canal house. It is now called the Cromhouthuis Museum.
It was an astonishing performance. An hour of texts and music which influenced Bob Dylan, as well as his own lyrics and versions. The words, meanings, messages mainly written during the 1950s and 1960s were eye-openers. Last chance to attend: 28th of March 2017 – in Amsterdam.
On a recent visit to Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, I sauntered through its lower level rooms. Most tourists prefer its floor with the Night Watch and other Dutch Golden Age treasures. I was exploring its art from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Sorry, teased you a bit. The title of the small exhibition at the canal house museum van Loon does refer to tulips. However, it also refers to the artist’s name and works of art by him and his friends. While walking through this period home, you need to watch carefully to detect some of the exhibited modern art. It is a bit of a treasure hunt.
“From elite to the street”, is the exhibition’s subtitle. For the van Gogh Museum takes you from elitist collector’s rooms to Parisian streets. This new exhibition explains the craze for prints which took Paris by storm during the “fin de siecle”. Continue reading →
The “Teekentour”, a short drawing tour offered at the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum, has proven immensely popular. Despite having done this last year, I decided to have another go, while in Amsterdam last weekend.
On first hearing about this exhibition, I turned slightly cynical. The Amsterdam Hermitage had had a successful exhibition on Nicholas and Alexandra in 2004-2005. So were they milking a money-spinning subject?
Guests arrived early, the museum director and artist on time, while Amsterdam’s deputy mayor was caught up in a traffic jam. No problem: the rest of us enjoyed the museum’s excellent hospitality inside Amsterdam’s Zuiderkerk. The church is just a short walk from the Rembrandt House Museum, which has no museum café. Continue reading →