This babe melts my heart, spotted near the Dappermarkt in Amsterdam Oost. Coming up this week in Amsterdam…
- Opening this Thursday, October 14th, is the exhibition “Snapshot: Painters and Photography 1888-1915” at the Van Gogh Museum. Many of the earliest users of the first easy-to-use cameras from 1888 were artists… Come explore how these two creative processes influenced each other.
- Also opening this week, the exhibition “Paris: City of Modern Art” at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, in The Hague. The Centre Pompidou in Paris has loaned the museum 40 of its top works for a special exhibition, works including those by Kandinsky, Picasso, Miro, Leger, Braque and Delaunay. The Hague is only a 40 minute train ride from Amsterdam, and this exhibition is a great excuse for a day trip. Check out NS.nl for train times to The Hague from Amsterdam and click here for a description on how to get to the museum.
- And if you’re in The Hague, why not visit the Mauritushuis, the famous art museum that houses Johannes Vermeer‘s Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665)? On display till the 11th of December are paintings by modern masters (think Salvador Dali, Claude Monet and Francis Bancon) juxtaposed with old modern masters. Interesting? I think so!
- The Amsterdam Marathon will take place this Sunday, October 16th. Check out the start times and the route (including the Olympic Stadium, Rijksmuseum and Vondelpark). I’ll be there cheering on my sister who is running the half marathon!
- A few weeks ago I mentioned Het National Ballet, the Dutch ballet company based in the Muziektheater in Amsterdam (around the corner from the Waterlooplein). Starting on Monday, October 17th, the ballet company will be performing The Swan Lake, an adaptation of the classic by the company’s former artistic director/choreographer, Rudi van Dantzig. It should be an amazing performance so I recommend you order tickets here!
- If you haven’t done so already, you should stop by the photography museum, Foam on the Keizersgracht for the exhibition ‘Still/Life Photography: Contemporary Dutch Photography,’ on display until October 26th. Join a free guided tour in English tomorrow, Thursday, October 13 at 7.30pm or Thursday, October 27th at 7.30pm. Other Foam locations include Foam West Side Stories on the Confuciusplein 14, open Wednesday and Friday from 2-6pm and Saturday from 11am-5pm and Foam Pop-In on the Museumplein (Gabriel Metsustraat 2-6) till November 5th, open Thursday 11am-9pm and Friday to Sunday till 7pm.
- And for your information/if you haven’t heard already, the voting for the Best of Amsterdam Awards 2011 has started! Vote for your favorite business in Amsterdam for a chance to win a Workcycles bike, either online or instore at 250 nominated locations throughout the city. Winners will be announced in the December issue of Time Out Amsterdam magazine.
Click for more Amsterdam Insights, published every Wednesday, and here for previous Coming Up posts: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.