Exhibition: Maria Sibylla Merian at an Amsterdam Canal House

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.

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An introduction to Bob Dylan’s literary world

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.

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Once important enough to be painted; now unknown

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.

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Turkish Tulips at Amsterdam

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.

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Prints in Paris – at the Amsterdam van Gogh museum

“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”.
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Exhibition: Romanovs and Revolution at the Amsterdam Hermitage

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?

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Exhibitions Preview: Glenn Brown at the Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam

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.
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