5 Dutch Art Galleries That You Just Can’t Miss
Posted: Jan 20, 2018
Life in the Netherlands is fascinating and ever-stimulating, and there’s so much more to the culture of this corner of Europe than clogs, tulips and bicycles.
The country is, of course, especially strongly associated with the art world, having produced such legendary painters as Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt, while continuing to enjoy a thriving current art scene.
So, for a whistle-stop introduction to Dutch art once you have taken advantage of our Netherlands removals service, what are some of the galleries that we would most urge you to visit?
1. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
If you want to learn more about the story of modern art from the 20th century onwards, you would struggle to choose a better starting point than the Stedelijk, which was established in 1895 and has a formidable collection including works by such celebrated artists as van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol.
You’ll find it at Amsterdam’s Museum Square, or Museumplein.
2. Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art
Those who like their modern art galleries to have a slightly more... academic vibe are likely to be big fans of this institution in Rotterdam. It was founded in 1990, and continues to offer an intriguing range of curated exhibitions, live events, symposia and educational programs.
In case you’re looking through this list so far and thinking, "but I’ve never heard of these places...", no worries – this one’s a familiar tourist favourite.
We’re heading back to Museum Square for this national institution dedicated to the arts and history, where you can see about 8,000 objects on display at any one time – including Rembrandt’s celebrated painting, The Night Watch, as well as masterpieces by the likes of Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals.
4. Frans Hals Museum
On the subject of Hals – the Dutch Golden Age portrait painter – you’ll find a municipal museum in his name in Haarlem.
However, the institution’s collection of more than just 750 pieces isn’t just about Hals, with other prominent artists from down the ages to be represented here ranging from Jan van Scorel and Frans’ younger brother Dirck Hals, to Jacob van Ruisdael and Gerrit Adriaenszoon Berckheyde.
Opening its doors in 1992 – meaning this year is its 25th anniversary – the Kuntshal can be found in Rotterdam’s Museumpark and doesn’t have any permanent collection at all, instead hosting various temporary exhibitions of works sourced from elsewhere.
Artists to have been featured in past shows here include Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, Arne Quinze and many others.Would you like to ensure that your move to this exciting part of the world goes as smoothly as possible? If so, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Simpsons Removals about our Netherlands removals service that really does cover all of your most urgent requirements – and for which it couldn’t be easier to Request a Free Quote.
This article is written by Liz Seyi, Digital Marketing Manager at Jumpinngspidermedia LLC.