In 2024, the Amsterdam Museum has several exhibitions on the agenda, both in the building on the Amstel and in Huis Willet-Holthuysen. Among other things, 2024 will focus on the role of women in our collections, the significance of Piet van Eeghen for the history of Amsterdam and 400 years of the connection between Amsterdam and New York.
Collecting the City #4 (Amsterdam Museum aan de Amstel)
23 February 2024 to 5 January 2025
A new edition of Collecting the City on show. For the fourth time, museum and city join forces to bring stories of Amsterdam into the limelight. This time, the participating partners are Kazerne Reigersbos, Ongekend Zeedijk and Museum om de Hoek.
Left: Atelier Volten. Photo: Daphne Lucker. Right: Pianola Museum. Photo: Herman van Heusden.
400 Years New Amsterdam (Amsterdam Museum aan de Amstel)
29 March to 10 November 2024
In 1624, the Dutch took possession of the southern tip of Manhattan and established a fort and settlement there: New Amsterdam. Inconvert the centuries that followed, this would grow into New York. Now, four hundred years later, the Amsterdam Museum is joining forces with the Museum of the City of New York and representatives of Lenape communities - the original inhabitants of the area, called Lenapehoking by them. Together, they are creating an exhibition about this historic event and the 40 years of Dutch colonisation that followed. The focus of this exhibition is not the coloniser's view, but indigenous perspectives on and experiences surrounding this history and its consequences, which are still felt today.
Map of area around present-day New York with names and villages of native peoples, 1614. Source: The Hague, National Archives.
Piet van Eeghen: how a merchant changed the city (Amsterdam Museum aan de Amstel)
29 March to 30 June 2024
Nineteenth-century businessman and philanthropist Piet van Eeghen left his personal collection to the city, which is now kept at the Amsterdam Museum. As founder of the Vondelpark and Prinsengracht Hospital and through housing initiatives, he left his mark on the city. The exhibition reflects on Van Eeghen as an Amsterdam benefactor, art collector and banker. He made his money with colonial trade, among other things. What does this mean for our contemporary view of his philanthropic work? And what roles did women play in all his activities?
Left: Henriette de Vries, Christiaan Pieter van Eeghen,1890. Amsterdam Museum collection. Right: Jozef Israëls, Children of the Sea, 1863. Amsterdam Museum collection.
Faces of North Holland (Amsterdam Museum aan de Amstel)
27 July 2024 to 10 November 2024
With Faces of North Holland the Frans Hals Museum and the Amsterdam Museum are expanding their portrait collection. Both museums are moving into the province of North Holland to collect new and diverse (group) portraits of different communities, in cooperation with social and cultural organisations. All inhabitants of North Holland are welcome. The collected portraits will be displayed not only online, but also in a final exhibition in both museums.
Women of Amsterdam: An ode (Amsterdam Museum aan de Amstel)
14 December 2024 to 31 August 2025
The Amsterdam Museum wants to rewrite the city's history from a female perspective, ahead of Amsterdam's 750th anniversary. The museum is therefore calling on everyone to write a letter to a woman who made the city what it is today. The letters will be collected from spring 2024 on an online platform, which will further culminate in a publication, podcast, theatre and television production and an exhibition, among other things, which will open its doors in December 2024.
Left: Therese Schwartze, Sophia Adriana de Bruijn, 1890. Amsterdam Museum collection. Right: Yosina Roemajauw as Christina van Geugten, 2019. Photo: Stacii Samidin.
Refresh Amsterdam #2 (Amsterdam Museum aan de Amstel)
7 October 2023 to 25 February 2024
From 7 October 2023 to 25 February 2024, the second edition of Refresh Amsterdam place. Refresh Amsterdam is a biennial event on Amsterdam urban culture featuring work by contemporary creators. The theme of this second edition is War & Conflict. The exhibition at the Amsterdam Museum features works by twenty artists from different disciplines. With their work, the makers show how wars and conflicts around the world and throughout time play a role in the city of Amsterdam.
Left: Clinton Kabena. Landed Rock, 2022. Right: Susanne Khalil Yusef. We Come in Pieces, 2023.
Grand March: A Historic House through a Ballroom Lens (Huis Willet-Holthuysen)
2 December 2023 to 26 May 2024
From 2 December 2023, the Amsterdam Museum will present the exhibition Grand March: A Historic House through a Ballroom Lens. The exhibition is a collaboration with House of Vineyard, the first ballroom house in the Netherlands. In the rooms of Amsterdam Museum location Huis Willet-Holthuysen, House of Vineyard shows the power of ballroom culture with stimulating fashion interventions and art installations.
House of Vineyard at House Willet-Holthuysen. Photo: Bete van Meeuwen.
ELJA Children's Museum (Amsterdam Museum aan de Amstel)
9 December 2023 to 31 March 2024
During the period 2023-2025, Amsterdam children at the Amsterdam Museum will have the chance to help think about the city museum of the future. The ELJA Children's Museum project consists of lab sessions in all city districts, exhibitions and a children's sounding board group and director. With this, Amsterdam's city museum aims to gain insight into what the ultimate museum for and by children looks like. The artworks created during the eight lab sessions will be given a place in the Amsterdam Museum's Garden Entrance from 9 December to 31 March 2024.
Lab session ELJA Children's Museum. Photo Bobbie Wagenaar.
Also in 2024, the Amsterdam Museum offers public programming at various locations and for diverse audiences. Some of these programmes tie in with the exhibitions mentioned above. Examples include symposia, talks, workshops, film screenings, performances and evening openings. In addition, specific programmes are organised to tie in with current events or special moments, such as Keti Koti and 4 and 5 May. In 2024, the Amsterdam Museum will also continue its monthly New Narrative Tours, Queer Gaze Tours and Female Gaze Tours, which invite visitors to view the collection from different perspectives. Furthermore, new formats for the public programme will be developed, including around music and food culture.