What to See in Amsterdam

As a longstanding hub of the arts, it comes as no surprise that the following months in Amsterdam are chock-full of exciting events and exhibits. Here are a few you should jot down in your planner.

Banksy and Dalí at the Moco Museum

Art lovers will be delighted to know that the work of two of the world’s greatest talents will be displayed at the Moco Museum on Honthorststraat until October 31. Expect to see Banksy’s politically charged pieces and Dalí’s surreal works. Tickets start from US$15 for adults.

bansky

Bansky. All photographs are courtesy of the museums mentioned.

Exhibits at the Rijksmuseum

Of course, you can’t be an art-lover in Amsterdam and not visit the Rijksmuseum, especially when the museum has three new exhibits for you to explore up until September 17.

The first exhibit may require a magnifying glass. “Small Wonders” as it’s aptly named is an exhibition on Dutch micro-carvings from the late Middle Ages. Showcasing painstakingly carved prayer nuts and beads engraved with scenes from the Bible, visitors are bound to be left asking “How did they do that?” by the time they reach the end of the exhibit.

Small Wonders

Small Wonders

The second exhibit is “New Realities,” a collection of works from pioneering photographers such as William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Roger Fenton. Photographs of the day were either carefully posed for, or experimental to say the least.

New Realities

New Realities

The third and final exhibit, “Sea Views” focuses on photos that showcase the beauty of the sea, as captured by contemporary photographers such as Viviane Sassen, Chip Hooper, and Franco Fontana. From inky blacks to azures blues, from the still and stormy, this exhibit showcases nature photography at its best. Tickets for all exhibits start from US$201 for adults.

Sea Views

Sea Views

Puck & Hans – First Retrospective Exhibit

Happening at the Amsterdam Museum, this exhibit is bound to delight fashionistas and admirers of the famous design duo. Catering to clients from the moneyed class, the designers made waves with their hand-painted blouses, pinstripes, and unorthodox belts made from toilet seat hinges. Open until Spetember 3, tickets start from US$15 for adults.

Puck and Hans

Puck and Hans

Rhythms and Roots – From Blues to Hip Hop

Up until October 30, the Tropenmuseum invites people to take a journey through history to see how African-Americans influenced modern pop music. A couple standouts of the exhibit include Chuck Berry’s and Jimi Hendrix’s guitars, Elvis Presley’s leather biker jacket and James Brown’s signature cape.

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Rhythms and Roots

The Prints of Andy Warhol

To this day, Andy Warhol remains as influential as he was before his sudden death 30 years ago. Who hasn’t seen his print of Campbell soup cans or Marilyn Monroe? Up until September 30, the Beurs van Berlage will be celebrating highlights from his dynamic career by exhibiting a private collection of screen prints by Warhol and his pop art peers such as Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring, all of which are part of the private collection of media mogul Lex Harding. Admissions cost US$18 for adults.

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Hotels within close proximity of the venues mentioned include Amsterdam Marriott Hotel (from US$327 a night), Hampshire Hotel Amsterdam (from US$264 a night), and Hyatt Regency Amsterdam (from US$256 a night).

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