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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.
De Nieuwe Kerk continues its Masterwork series with an exceptional triptych by Francis Bacon
The Masterwork series in De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, will continue with the presentation of Francis Bacon’s triptych In Memory of George Dyer (1971), starting on 21 February until 30 March. This remarkable work follows Rembrandt's The Holy Family, presented in 2011, and Andy Warhol’s The Last Supper (pink) in 2012.
Bacon uses the triptych, a traditionally religious format, to create a memorial for George Dyer, who was his partner for more than seven years. Dyer had committed suicide in a Paris hotel room he shared with Bacon in 1971, two days before a major Bacon retrospective was to open in the Grand Palais. He is shown in the triptych in four different ways. The left panel depicts him as a boxer laid low on a racecourse. In the right panel, we see him twice: once in an upright position and once as a reflection on a small tabletop. Finally, he appears as a large, shadowy figure in the central panel, reaching out a muscular arm to put a key in the keyhole of a door. The austere atmosphere of this triptych accommodates both complex spirituality and emphatic physicality. Bacon portrays his friend as being suspended between two realities. The images are transfigurations, different moments in life, on the threshold between life and death.
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.
A historic park filled with blooming tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other spring bulbs.
A feast for the eye, and so are the unique flower shows in the different pavilions. And in the midst of this magnificent spectacle of colour you will also find exquisite works of art. At Keukenhof you can gain inspiration and relax in the beautiful surroundings. The 32-hectare park has 15 kilometres of footpaths. Keukenhof has surprises in store for visitors of all ages. Be sure to bring your camera along on this unique experience. Come to Keukenhof with your friends, family and associates and enjoy the ultimate spring feeling!
Keukenhof theme of 2014 : “Holland”
Each year, Keukenhof chooses a special theme. This year’s theme is ‘Holland’. Think of Holland and you automatically think of tulips. With millions of tulips in thousand different varieties, Keukenhof is truly unique. This year, the focus will be on Holland itself with exhibitions on the history of the tulip, 17th-century tulip mania and modern tulip cultivation. Spectacular features will include the flower mosaic depicting Amsterdam’s canal buildings, planted using 60,000 tulip bulbs.
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