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coming up #33 (amsterdam)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted my weekly Amsterdam Insight posts. The months of March, April and May were really busy but things are finally slowing down now. I will now spend more time at work and dedicate my free time to Amsterdam Insights. So here we go! This week in Amsterdam…

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coming up #32/april (amsterdam)

Spring buds in Amsterdam! This month has been (and will be!) a little crazy for me so instead of weekly ‘Coming Up’ posts, I thought I’d gather a few events that are taking place this month…

  • The great exhibition ‘Klee and Cobra: A Child’s Play‘ at the Cobra Museum (Sandbergplein 1) in Amstelveen is on display until 22 April. Don’t miss it!
  • The EYE Film Institute opened last week! It is located opposite Amsterdam Central Station on the northern banks of the River IJ. The new building hosts a large exhibition space and four cinemas with a total of 640 seats, and is open daily from 10:00 until 01:00 on weekdays and until 02:00 at the weekend.
  • Vinyl, clothes, books, art & more at the 3 x Ten K Markt (Jan Hazenstraat 39-41) on Saturday April 14, Saturday April 21 and Saturday April 28 April.
  • The National Museum Weekend will take place on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April. More than 500 museums nationwide will open their doors to the public free of charge or offer heavily discounted entrance. In Amsterdam, museums like the newly opened EYE Film Institute (Ijpromenade 1), the Scheepvaartmuseum (Kattenburgerplein 1), photography museum Huis Marseille (Keizersgracht 401), the Portuguese Synagogue (Mr. Visserplein 3) and the Science Center NEMO (Oosterdok 2) will open there doors. See the full list of Amsterdam museums here.
  • The new exhibition at the Jewish Historical Museum (Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1) looks interesting. ‘Else Berg and Mommie Schwarz‘ (until 24 June) is the first exhibition surveying the work of this husband-and-wife pair, who lived and worked in the Netherlands from 1910 to 1942 and were strongly influenced by a variety of national and international avant-garde art movements. The JHM has brought together more than 80 of their paintings and drawings, as well as a small selection of works by contemporaries who inspired them, such as Leo Gestel, Jan Sluijters, and Charley Toorop.
  • Have you heard of the initiative 1000 Drawings? It’s simple. Draw anything you like on an A5 piece of paper and send it in to 1000 Drawings, Postbus 92292, 1090 AG Amsterdam. The show up at Vlaams Cultuurhuis De Brakke Grond (Nes 45) on Friday May 11th at 20.00 for ‘the night of a 1000 Drawings expo, sale and party.’ All proceeds go to FairPen, an organization that helps children in Uganda publish their very own newspapers to influence public opinion and cope with complex issues.
  • The winning images from the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest, World Press Photo, begin their world tour in Amsterdam. An overview of press photography, 200 images are selected from the past 12 months and travel from the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam to more than 40 countries around the world. The exhibition is only display in the Oude Kerk from 20 April till 17 June.
  • The fourth NeighbourFood Market (see previous post) is coming up on Sunday 22 April at the Westergasfabriek in the Westerpark. This “neighborhood” market is a platform for bio-farmers, top traiteurs, bakers, butchters, local chefs, fanatic foodies, baristas… The list goes on. There’s a wonderful atmosphere and it’s is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, between 11am and 4pm!
  • The cultural hub Roest (Czaar Peterstraat 213; see previous post) is opening its doors this month. The opening weekend of 28-30 April will be packed with exhibitions, a market, DJs in the cafe, performances, live music and a “beach day.” Each day starts at noon till the early hours of the night, and even on Queen’s Day, Monday 30 April, you’ll find a great party at Roest.
  • Don’t forget the Pure Markt this month,at the lovely Park Frankendael on Sunday 29 April. You won’t want to miss this on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Visit the market between 11am and 6pm.
  • How will you be spending Queen’s Day, Monday 30 April?
  • I’ve just added 4 brunch places to my “must visit” list: coconut french toast at the Australian cafe Little Collins (Eerste Sweelinckstraat 19), yoghurt with fresh fruit and granola at Buffet van Odette (Prinsengracht 598), challah french toast with banana and cinnamon sugar at G&T’s really, really nice place (Goudbloemstraat 91) and a stack of pancakes at George Deli USA (Utrechtsestraat 17). Do you have a favorite brunch spot in Amsterdam?
  • And if you’re traveling to Amsterdam in the near future, check out my full Amsterdam Insights roundup of the past 6 months. Cafes, shops, museums, restaurants and more!

Click for more Amsterdam Insights, published every Wednesday, and here for previous Coming Up posts.

coming up #31 (amsterdam)

Remember Cafe George (Leidsegracht 84)? Well I recently stopped by its little brother, the George Deli U.S.A (Utrechtsestraat 17) on the Rembrandtplein for a quick lunch the other day. Coming up this week in Amsterdam…

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coming up #30 (amsterdam)

Better late than never, right? The first green! Spring is finally here. This week in Amsterdam…

  • Photography overload! A few photography-related posts for you… Unseen is a new international photography fair that will take place in Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek from 19-23 September. It is a joint venture of the photography museum Foam (see previous post), the office for cultural business development Platform A, and the creative branding agency Vandejong. I’ve started my new internship at Unseen, as an Editorial Intern. Follow the fairs’ developments on the updated Facebook Page!
  • There is a new exhibition, ‘New York Times Magazine Photographs‘ (until 30 May) at the photography museum Foam (Keizersgracht 609; see previous post) curated by The New York Times Magazine Photographs photo editor, Kathy Ryan, and Lesley A. Martin, Publisher of the Aperture Books. The book of the same name, recently published by the Aperture Foundation, will appear alongside the exhibition.
  • The other much anticipated exhibition at Foam (Keizersgracht 609; see previous post) is the exhibition of Dutch photographer Bertien van Manen.
  • Don’t forget about the new exhibition at Huis Marseille (Keizersgracht 401; see previous post), ‘Guy Tillim: Second Nature.’ In this exhibition, “the images of the South African photographer display an analytical precision that never fails to stir up the emotions.” Intriguing.
  • Other non-photography related insights include… A great hairdresser in De Pijp, Bubblekid (Ferdinand Bolstraat 145), down the street from the bookstore/cafe Inkt & Olie (Ferdinand Bolstraat 151) and right around the corner from the ‘bakery and communal table’ Pain Quotidien (Cornelis Troostplein 2). I recently purchased a 40% off voucher for Bubblekid at Strawberry Earth (be sure to sign up for their newsletter for weekly deals!)
  • If you’re around this weekend, the neighborhood of De Plantage will be hosting a ‘Spring Day‘ on Sunday April 1. Discovering rare tulips in de Hortus or drawing spring landscapes at the Rembrandthuis or soaking up some sun on the roof of Nemo, there’s lots to do. Check out the website for the full program.
  • Also on Sunday April 1, the monthly Sunday Market (see previous post). From 12.00 to 6pm on Sunday 4 March, find the best goodies (sweets, homemade crafts, etc.) This edition is a ‘funky easter market.’
  • If you’re traveling to Amsterdam in the near future, check out my full Amsterdam Insights roundup of the past 6 months. Cafes, shops, museums, restaurants and more!

Click for more Amsterdam Insights, published every Wednesday, and here for previous Coming Up posts.

coming up #29 (amsterdam)

Delicious vegetables at the NeighbourFood Market that took place at the Westergasfabriek in the Westerpark last Sunday. Stay tuned for the next one! This week in Amsterdam…

  • Today, Wednesday 21 March, head to the Bijenkorf (Dam Square 1) for the launch of Vogue Nederland. Grab a copy of one of the limited edition first issues, for just 5.95 euros. And click here for fashion travel tips from Vogue NL’s editor, via Mark Smith.
  • Also tonight, another edition of the popular, The Secret Art of Growing Mushrooms, at the Mediamatic Bank (Vijzelstraat 68). Starts at 7pm and costs 35 euros.
  • Pakhuis de Zwijger (Piet Heinkade 179) is a platform for creativity and innovation. This Thursday, 22 March, there’s another edition of Creative Amsterdam. This week, ‘Unlocking Business Opportunity’, brings together business leaders with both international and local insights into the creative industry. Starts at 7pm, reserve your spot online!
  • The opening of the new exhibition, ‘New York Times Magazine Photographs‘ (until 30 May) will take place at the photography museum Foam (Keizersgracht 609; see previous post) on Thursday 23 March. The exhibition, curated by The New York Times Magazine Photographs photo editor, Kathy Ryan, and Lesley A. Martin, Publisher of the Aperture Books, reflects upon and interrogates the very nature of both photography and print magazines at this pivotal moment in their history and evolution. The book of the same name, recently published by the Aperture Foundation, will appear alongside the exhibition.
  • On Friday 23 March, the opening of a new exhibition at the Jewish Historical Museum (Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1). The exhibition, ‘Else Berg and Mommie Schwarz‘ (until 24 June) is the first exhibition surveying the work of this husband-and-wife pair, who lived and worked in the Netherlands from 1910 to 1942 and were strongly influenced by a variety of national and international avant-garde art movements. The JHM has brought together more than 80 of their paintings and drawings, as well as a small selection of works by contemporaries who inspired them, such as Leo Gestel, Jan Sluijters, and Charley Toorop.
  • Also on Friday 23 March, ‘GRAPHIC: 20 Posters in Amsterdam‘ opening at 6pm at Depot BG (Tolstraat 137). GRAPHIC asked 22 graphic designers and artists to develop poster designs to express their own social “agenda.”
  • Sunday 25 March, this years’ first Pure Markt at the lovely Park Frankendael, a wonderful biological food market in a beautiful park. You won’t want to miss this on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Visit the market between 11am and 6pm.
  • And until Sunday 25 March, Steve McQueen‘s ‘Blues Before Sunrise‘ installation in the Vondelpark. All 275 streetlamps in the park will emit blue light instead of white, vividly transforming the nighttime experience of Amsterdam’s most well known urban “green space.” Here’s a preview!
  • If you’re traveling to Amsterdam in the near future, check out my full Amsterdam Insights roundup of the past 6 months. Cafes, shops, museums, restaurants and more!

Click for more Amsterdam Insights, published every Wednesday, and here for previous Coming Up posts.

coming up #28 (amsterdam)

Just a relaxing afternoon on the Amsterdam canals. The weather is finally getting a little warmer, the birds are chirping and it’s starting to feel like spring. This week in Amsterdam…

  • Beautiful photographs of the newly opened The Conversatorium Hotel (Van Baerlestraat 27), right across from the Stedelijk Museum (Museumplein 10).
  • Speaking of the Stedelijk Museum, don’t forget to take a stroll through the Vondelpark, where Steve McQueen‘s (yes, the internationally acclaimed British artist and filmmaker, known for his recent film Shame) installation Blues Before Sunrise is on display until Tuesday 27 March. All 275 streetlamps in the park will emit blue light instead of white, vividly transforming the nighttime experience of Amsterdam’s most well known urban “green space.” Here’s a preview!
  • On Friday night, 16 March, the organizers of Museumnacht, n8, will be hosting 2012’s first edition of the Nachtsalon, or “Night Salon” at the Tassenmuseum or “Museum of Bags and Purses” (Herengracht 573). Nachtsalon is an initiative of n8 that, in combination with the existing exhibition at the museum, in this case the Museum of Bags and Purses, creates an interesting program for just one evening. In this edition, young “inspired” Amsterdammers will be discussing their thoughts about the role of the ‘bag’ in the context of fashion and identity. Tickets cost €7 in advance and can be purchased here.
  • Finally! The Food Film Festival will take place this weekend from Friday 16 March to Sunday 18 March at Studio/K (Timorplein 62). The festival hopes to educate people about “wrongs in the food system” by screening interesting documentaries, inviting knowledgeable speakers and debating about current issues. There will also be a daily food market and other free events! Tickets will be available at the door for certain events, on Friday 16 March.
  • This Saturday, March 17th, is St. Patrick’s Day! How will you be celebrating? At one of the Irish pubs in Amsterdam, maybe? There’s O’reilly’s (Paleisstraat 103), Mulligans (Amstel 100) and Molly Malone’s Irish Pub (Oudezijds Kolk 9) to name a few.
  • De Appel arts centre (1e Jacob van Campenstraat 59, entrance Ferdinand Bolstraat) is moving to a new location which means that this weekend, Saturday 17 March and Sunday 18 March, they will be organizing a book sale! For one time only, all Appel publications are offered with discounts up to 50%. The book sale will take place from 12-6pm.
  • The third NeighbourFood Market is coming up this Sunday 18 March at the Westergasfabriek in the Westerpark. This “neighborhood” market is a platform for bio-farmers, top traiteurs, bakers, butchters, local chefs, fanatic foodies, barista’s… The list goes on. There’s a wonderful atmosphere and it’s is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, between 11am and 4pm!
  • The new exhibition at Huis Marseille (Keizersgracht 401; see previous post),  ‘Guy Tillim: Second Nature’ looks interesting! In this exhibition, “the images of the South African photographer display an analytical precision that never fails to stir up the emotions.”
  • If you’re traveling to Amsterdam in the near future, check out my full Amsterdam Insights roundup of the past 6 months. Cafes, shops, museums, restaurants and more!

Click for more Amsterdam Insights, published every Wednesday, and here for previous Coming Up posts.

oming up #27 (amsterdam)

It’s almost spring, which in Holland, means flowers. Lots and lots of flowers. As I was biking home from school yesterday, I spotted these one euro roses and couldn’t resist buying a bouquet. Coming up in Amsterdam this week…

  • On view today, Wednesday 7 March until Tuesday 27 March, Steve McQueen‘s (yes, the internationally acclaimed British artist and filmmaker, known for his recent film Shame) installation in the Vondelpark, Blues Before Sunrise, organized by the Temporary Stedelijk 3: Stedelijk @. For two weeks, all 275 streetlamps in the park will emit blue light instead of white, vividly transforming the nighttime experience of Amsterdam’s most well known urban “green space.”
  • Also today, the 5 Days Off Festival is starting! This electronic music and art festival will take place at Paradiso (Weteringschans 6-8) and Melkweg (Lijnbaansgracht 234) from Wednesday 7 March to Sunday 11 March. See the full program here.
  • The fifth edition of the ‘Facing Forward: Art & Theory from a Future Perspective‘ lectures, ‘Future Museum‘ on Thursday 8 March at the Oude Lutherse Kerk of the University of Amsterdam (Singel 411). This edition will feature an introduction by Natasha Ginwala, an independent curator and art critic based in Amsterdam, a lecture by Iwona Blazwick, director of the Whitechapel Gallery in London, and an interview with Hans Belting, Professor for Art History at the universities of Heidelberg and Munich, by Rein Wolfs, Artistic Director of the Kunsthalle Fridericianum.
  • Also on Thursday 8 March, Fashion&Foam: Fashion Photography featuring Martien Mellema (creative director of Vogue), Colette Olof (curator at Foam), Scheltens&Abbenes (photographers) and Philippe Vogelenzang (fashion photographer) who will talk about the role of photography in magazines and the new Vogue Nederland. The event will take place at &Foam (Vijzelstraat 78; see previous post) at 6.30pm.
  • Opening on Friday, 9 March, the Starbucks Coffee concept store, named ‘The Bank, vision of the future.’ Starbucks The Bank is located at Herengracht 595, right off the Rembrandtplein. I’m curious.
  • It’s your last chance to visit the exhibition ‘The World Exhibition‘ by Mexican artist Erick Beltrán at the at the Tropenmuseum (Lineausstraat 2), on display until Sunday 11 March. The exhibition features interviews by Beltrán and a team of young anthropologists of residents in Amsterdam, and the results have been “assembled in a contemporary encyclopedia.” Also on display until 26 June, the exhibition ‘Culture Couture.‘ In this exhibition, young fashion talent from Antwerp’s Academy of Fine Arts showcase a selection of spectacular creations inspired by other cultures.
  • It’s also the last week to visit the exhibition ‘Joel Sternfeld: Color Photographs since 1970‘ (until 14 March) atFoam (Keizersgracht 609; see previous post). Additionally, check out the exhibitions ‘Les vacances de Monsieur Grunberg‘ (until 18 March) and ‘Pavel Prokopchik: The Tribe‘ (until 21 March).
  • The 2012 Oscar winner for ‘Best Picture,’ Michel Hazanavicius‘s The Artist, featuring the 2012 Oscar winner for ‘Best Actor’Jean Dujardin, is still showing at The Movies (Haarlemmerdijk 161), daily at 5.15pm. So worth it.
  • If you’re traveling to Amsterdam in the near future, check out my full Amsterdam Insights roundup of the past 6 months. Cafes, shops, museums, restaurants and more! And be sure to pick up the March ‘Chef’s’ edition of Time Out Amsterdam magazine, out now.

Click for more Amsterdam Insights, published every Wednesday, and here for previous Coming Up posts.