Dutch Art Museums – My Top 10 – Blog speciaal

Ah, a Dutch master! This is a concept in the art world. This refers to the old ham with individual or group portraits of people in traditional costumes, hidden objects medieval street scenes or the proud cogs of the Dutch East India Company. Painted by Dutch and Flemish masters like Rembrandt, Vermeer, Bruegel or Hieronymus Bosch. But Dutch art has much more to offer. Original artists, such as Vincent van Gogh, later Piet Mondrian, who found landscapes over geometric forms and reduced colors, also MC Escher, the designer of geometrically impossible worlds. Accordingly, the range of Dutch art museums is very diverse.

On the one hand, there is a great treasure trove of classical artists and a broad spectrum of modern art, as well as the living museums of the Netherlands. I have already visited some museums, both for a blog portrait on this blog and in previous years. In the process, I have discovered some very noteworthy museums, which I recommend in this list. Of course, the sequence is subjective and not always a measure of the amount or international reputation of the art exhibited. Also, I have many museums still on my to-de-visit list and therefore do not know them personally.

So the following procedure for these top 10 of the Dutch art museums has emerged: In an alternation, a museum visited by me (odd places) and a museum unknown to me (even places), which I would like to visit. Then, of course, there is an update with fresh impressions of the art visited.

10th place – Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven

The Van Abbe Museum shows Dutch and international artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The collection includes 1000 sculptures, 700 pictures and 1000 drawings ( Source: Wikipedia ). In particular, I find the building very appealing, which takes up forms of cubism or deconstructivism.

Place 9 – Mondrianmuseum Amersfoort

The Mondrian has in Amersfoort is also the birthplace of Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan, later Mondrian. The museum depicts the artistic career of Mondrian from the landscape painter to the master of the geometric form in a reduced color. Here I made my own little Mondrian with Lego bricks.

Place 8 – Groninger Museum

The Groninger Museum displays works of art from five centuries as well as an extensive collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain. Part of the museum deals with the history of Groningen.

Place 7 – Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Of course, the Reich Museum is actually the classic when it comes to the big hams. Night watch, Rembrandt and the like. In terms of its importance, it should be higher on the list. It is unquestionably impressive, but it can also kill you of its abundance. It was too classic for me after all. I was there about twenty years ago, but I will definitely visit it again when I am in Amsterdam for three days.

6th place – Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam

Stately: Museum and sculpture, Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

The Boijmans van Beuningen Museum displays Dutch classics, including Pieter Bruegel’s ‘Tower of Babel’, as well as current exhibitions on art, art discourse, and design.

5th place – Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

As in the Rijksmuseum, I was in the Van Gogh Museum about twenty years ago. This I found personally much fresher, more appealing. The largest collection of paintings by the Impressionist shows the artistic path and the change to the well-known brushstrokes of van Gogh.

4th place – Beelden aan Zee Scheveningen

I have not visited the museum myself yet. But those who stroll on the beach promenade of Scheveningen, sometimes stumble over these large sculptures, which seem funny at first glance, irritating at second glance. That on purpose: they show how people deal with the resources of nature.

The museum displays an extensive sculpture collection from the period after 1945.

3rd place – Kröller-Müller Museum Otterloo

Near Arnhem lies the Kröller-Müller Museum amid the Hoge Veluwe National Park. It shows the collection of art collector Helene Kröller-Müller, including the second largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh. In the garden, you can admire an extensive collection of sculptures. Exhibitions of contemporary art complement the museum’s own exhibitions. The location in the national park (but not exclusively) makes the visit to the museum a special experience.

2nd place – Escher in Het Paleis The Hague

Escher his palace. Impossible worlds on the balcony.

Not only because I studied science and am also fascinated by mathematics, but I also love the impossible graphic constructions of the MC Escher. A chessboard becomes a city, these become fields, and meadows, from which birds arise and ascend into the sky. Or the staircase, which seems to go up in the circle infinitely.

I do not know why, but I have not visited this museum yet. That’s why: to-do-list at the top.

Place 1 – Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Maybe it’s a coincidence that among the top 4 museums on this list are three in The Hague. Certainly, because I was there recently. These museums have particularly fascinated me or irritated me for a future visit.

In the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, I visited the special exhibition Mondrian, 100 years ‘De Stijl’. But the other departments, the classic, the modern, the Delft blue and the museum education area in the basement have also inspired me.

Beyond the TOP 10

I have already visited other art museums that were not included in the top 10 list. Nevertheless, I would like to recommend her:

Villa Mondriaan in Winterswijk – Home of the Mondriaan family.

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam – Town History and Art Collection

Rembrandthuis Amsterdam – Residential house and Atelier Rembrandt

Five perspectives are presented at the Kappathos Art Gallery

The Cappados Art Gallery presents five contemporary artists in five distinct sections of works titled Five Persencies. Each section occupies a standalone space, where each artist exhibits part of his recent personal creation, which acts as an independent presence in the context of a comprehensive group exhibition.

The exhibition aims to highlight and highlight the ways in which current artistic practices are confronted by five contemporary creators through different paths and approaches. Based on their personal style and way of expression.

Five perspectives

The designs of Inos Varvaritis are not limited to the limits of painting representation, but they are mainly a conceptual approach to the history, memory, and formation of the national imaginary. Also in the context of a conceptual approach, the ongoing joint project of Inos Varvaritis with Giannis Dellagramatika, “The willingness to revisit, 2012-2018”, starts from the executive process of “collecting” souvenir and takes the form of installation, exploring the importance of objects as carriers of meaning, as products of exchange or economic exploitation in the context of tourism and cultural practice.

Sculptural suggestions of Labrins Mark revolve around the concept of ambivalence. But also stability and destabilization, matter and dematerialization, tangibility and optics, are the main directions of the works that it presents.

Finally, the works of Panos Famelis and Socrates Fatouros tend to break the narrow boundaries between painting and sculpture, between optics and truancy. The first creates textures using a thick paste of color. While the latter uses mixed techniques for processing industrial materials. The two artists finally succeed in involving in their work the two-dimensional with the three-dimensional space.

Looking back to the past, one considers the position of the theorist and theoretician, Clement Greenberg, who, in a 1945 article titled “The New Sculpture,” defended the purity and accuracy of the limits of artistic means. The observance of the boundaries, he believed, allowed the arts to be distinct among them. Sculpture as a three-dimensional art is more about touch while painting as a two-dimensional art in the sense of vision.


City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia

Valencia is suitable for a visit at any time of the year, with its good location and warm climate, allowing you to escape from the winter for at least a while.

One of the most impressive places you must visit when you are in Valencia is the City of Arts and Sciences ! This city is a complex of several buildings – each of them extremely original, eccentric and unusual.

The work on the buildings is done by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, and the result is that his buildings have become emblematic for the city.

Entry to the Hemisphere, Prince Felipe Science Museum and Aquarium require tickets that can be purchased separately or combined. The better option is to buy a combined ticket for all buildings plus use of the urban transport network. These combined maps are available online as well as on-site and can be purchased for different periods of time, depending on how many days the city has planned to stay.

Here is what the City of Arts and Sciences itself is in Valencia:

Aquarium (Oceanogràfic)

The largest aquarium in Europe, where almost 45,000 specimens of 500 different species can be seen, such as dolphins, beluga, sea lions, seals, penguins, sharks and much more. Do not miss the dolphin show, which takes place at certain times during the day and is an interesting attraction for both small and large. Marine mammals are very well trained and trained and will surprise you with wonderful synchronism and choreography.

The Hemisfèric

Hemisfèric is a digital 3D cinema with a huge 900-meter concave screen that almost “envelops” viewers. Several films are projected on a daily basis – mostly educational and documentary films lasting no more than 45 minutes, which are suitable for any audience. On entering, along with the ticket, you will get a pair of innovative 3D glasses that allow you to change the language (the movies have only music, and the glasses are the doublet itself). If you travel with children, usually once a day, there is a film suitable for kids. We recommend that you check the movie program and reserve the screening you want to see before you start visiting the other buildings in the City of Arts and Sciences.

Prince Felipe Science Museum

The building of the museum is reminiscent of a skeleton of a whale, and inside is just as interesting as it is outside. The Prince Felipe Science Museum offers various interactive exhibitions related to science and technology. Usually, on the first floor there is an interesting temporary exhibition, and on the upper floors, you may lose days in sight. You can measure your blood, fat, pounds, see real-time chickens, explore the world in no-fly ways, and a whole host of unconventional and unexpected things.

The Opera (Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía)

If you’re a music lover, then the Palau de les Arts are the place for you in the City of Arts and Sciences. From October to November, his program includes operas, concerts, and ballet. When it is not used for performances, it can only come in to look at the interior.

The garden “Umbracle”

Umbracle is a huge open-air garden, stretching over 17,000 square meters, where you can stroll and enjoy the typical Mediterranean plants and contemporary sculptures. Terraza Mya opens at night in the summer months and is a place where you can order a drink under the moonlight. The public parking lot of the City of Arts and Sciences is just below Umbracle.