Amsterdam's got so much more in terms of art than just Rembrandt or Van Gogh. What with the prewar architecture, a
rampant counter-culture that keeps it’s canal-house walls consistently covered
in fresh layer of spray paint, and makeshift galleries popping up all over town, this city has got inspiration of all varieties.
can’t talk Amsterdam Art without mentioning Museumplein, what with the trifecta
of the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum, and the Van Gogh Museum – by far our favorite. The way in which the museum lays out
the pieces – in chronological order –allows you to see the moods and emotional
phases Van Gogh experienced throughout his life. The difference in them is
pretty clear when you can see all the paintings right next to each other. For
example, he has a lot of very grey, depressing paintings from his time in the
Dutch countryside, his work then brightens when he goes to Paris, and finally
takes on a darker tone when he ends up at the mental institution in Arles.
classic museums of Museumplein are certainly worth visiting, just a few blocks
away on Nieuwe Spiegelstraat is a wide array history and culture at the streets
antique shops, picturesque cafes and contemporary galleries. The Jaski Gallery
has some really great modern art and the Smelik and Stokking Galerie boasts
beautiful sculpture, but if you only have time for one, it has to be the Delaive Gallery.
The beauty of the Delaive Gallery is its wide selection of different periods
and trends in art. You can view
some of the most famous artists in the world here alongside some of their
lesser-known contemporaries. From Francis’ Abstract Expressionist canvasses to
Picasso’s abstract masterpieces and Warhol’s pop prints to contemporary Dutch
art, it is impossible to avoid being enchanted by some of the world’s most
provocative styles of painting.
a photography fan? Then head to the Jordaan neighborhood where rock legends
live on along the Prinsengracht at Rockarchive.
Jimi Hendrix is in one corner, the Beatles in the next, and Bob Dylan’s out in front
gathering a crowd at this gallery-slash-print shop that features one of the
coolest collection in town. Of course, a city's artistic spirit can hardly be
summarized in galleries alone.
of the few major European cities spared during WWII, Amsterdam boasts
beautiful, prewar architecture along every canal. And just as omnipresent as
it's architecture is it's street art.
Alongside seemingly every building is colorful graffiti and tags that
turn Amsterdam into a city-wide gallery of counter culture and street art. For
a glimpse at some of the city’s edgiest work, trek out to Club 8. This club, pool hall and art
installation in one features graffiti on the walls, fresh chalk on the tables,
and a different crowd every night, depending on the theme. Of course, clubs
aren’t the only place that makeshift galleries can be found. Take The Winston
example. This former haven for the city’s bohemians holds true to its roots as
an art hotel with each room doubling as a contemporary art installation. Think
walls covered in photographs or your room flush with the glowing neon lights…
even the bathroom doubles as the city’s smallest art exhibit.
all this inspiration, you’re going to want something to remember it by. While
you would never think so as you stumble around Rembrandtplein at 4am, this square hosts local artists plying their latest work during the day. There might
not be any Van Goghs, but these paintings make great a souvenir well worthwhile
the 20 euro price tag. After all, do
you really need that shirt that reads, 'Wish you were her'?