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Want to know which special events, parties, exhibitions, and much more are taking place in Amsterdam? On this page you'll find lots of information, courtesy of iamsterdam.com, and several other sources.
Magical Africa – Masks and Sculptures from Ivory Coast The Artists Revealed
25 October 2014 – 15 February 2015
This autumn De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam will present a major international exhibition featuring world-famous African masks and sculptures. With this exhibition of over two hundred enchanting and mysterious art objects from Ivory Coast, De Nieuwe Kerk will be fulfilling a long-held desire to devote attention to the culture of the African continent. The touring exhibition entitled Magical Africa – Masks and Sculptures from Ivory Coast. The Artists Revealed is a collaborative production of multiple international museums and private lenders. It is currently in Zurich and will be coming to Amsterdam in the autumn.
People come to Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek to meet, work and relax. This beautiful city park, with its historic factory buildings surrounded by expanses of green, also has workplaces, venues for large and small events, and a range of catering, film, theatre and exhibition facilities.
The Westergasfabriek develops and rents out spaces for creative, cultural and innovative entrepreneurs. They want to inspire a broad public and provide leisure opportunities in an exciting, sustainable and friendly environment. The Westergasfabriek is a meeting place for enterprising local, domestic and foreign visitors with refreshing ideas.
The Westergasfabriek encourages the use of its spaces for creative events, ensuring the area keeps its exciting and refreshing atmosphere. They participate in cultural projects and support collaborations between their business tenants. They use online media and their modern digital infrastructure to inform the general public about what they stand for and what they’re up to over at the Westergasfabriek.
This winter, Amsterdam will light up once again during Amsterdam Light Festival. This is the third edition of the winter light festival for young and old. For more than fifty days, the historical center of Amsterdam will be the unique décor for this international festival.
The city will be complemented by light sculptures, projections and installations by contemporary (inter)national artists. The boat route, Water Colors, will take visitors past artworks along Amsterdam’s canals and the Amstel. The walking route, Illuminade, winds through the city center. During the festival, light will play a central role in the city as museums and institutions organize light-related activities, introducing visitors to innovations in light art.
The theme for this year’s festival, ‘A Bright City’, challenges artists to create a tribute to life the city. The resulting artworks present a unique take on the modern city of Amsterdam. The third edition of the festival will take place from 27 November 2014 to 18 January 2015. The boat route, Water Colors, will take place from 27 November 2014 to 18 January 2015, and the walking route, Illuminade, from 11 December 2014 to 4 January 2015.
A complete renovation of the Stedelijk’s historic building, designed by A.W. Weissman and dating back to 1895, has converted virtually all of its program spaces into galleries, enabling the first comprehensive display the Stedelijk has ever mounted of its permanent collection, widely acknowledged to be among the world’s most important collections of modern and contemporary art and design. The dynamic new building—designed by Mels Crouwel of Benthem Crouwel Architects and measuring 10,000 square meters (98,400 square feet)—will provide new space for the Stedelijk’s renowned and influential temporary exhibitions, as well as a host of new amenities. The innovative design also re-orients the entire museum to face onto Amsterdam’s Museumplein (Museum Plaza), activating a vital public space that is shared by the Stedelijk and its neighbors: the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Concertgebouw.
“With this long-awaited opening, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will reaffirm and strengthen its place among leading international art institutions, showcase Amsterdam as a center of artistic experimentation and bring new life to the Museumplein, re-establishing it as a cultural destination,” Ann Goldstein stated. “And with the completion of Mels Crouwel’s bold yet brilliantly functional building, we are effectively adding a major new work to our exceptional collection of Dutch modern design.”
After ten years of rebuilding, renovation and restoration, the Rijksmuseum has opened its doors on 13 April 2013. Never before has a national museum undergone such a complete transformation of both its building and the presentation of its collection.
A first impression is often the most telling one. You start every journey with a first step and you never forget your first kiss. Each year, the Rijksmuseum creates first impressions for hundreds of thousands of people: they get a first impression of the museum as they stare a real Rembrandt ‘in the eye’ and get a taste of history. But it does not end there. In this day and age, in our quickly-changing society, that is quite an important task. As the museum is renovated, it is, so to speak, also being reinvented. The revamped museum will be completely in step with the 21st century. The Rijksmuseum will continue to dazzle art and history lovers, develop educational programmes and play a role in society. In addition to displaying the collection superbly, the Rijksmuseum will continue to undergo changes. Art and history are not merely a thing of the past and the Rijksmuseum is a modern museum - a museum where unique events take place, non-stop.
Wim Pijbes, General-Director of the Rijksmuseum