At The Russian Court
The Hermitage in Amsterdam opens at its new location with a spectacular exhibition of over 1800 items from the Hermitage in St Petersburg. The rich and valuable collection shows the palace and its protocol in the 19th century and covers the life of six czars: from Paul I, the son of Catherine the Great, to Nicholas II, the last czar. Among the court paintings, furniture, costumes, jewellery and dinner services are the Romanov throne and the last czarina’s grand piano.
Hermitage, Amsterdam until January 31 2010.
Cuba! Art and History from 1868 to the Present Day
A major exhibition showing the development of Cuban art from the earliest landscape paintings and photo journalism to the poster art from during and after the Revolution.
Groninger Museum, Groningen until September 20.
From Dürer to Kiefer
This exhibition presents five centuries of art on paper, ranging from water colours and drawings to lithographs. Among the artists whose work is on display are Dürer, Rembrandt, Picasso, Munch, Richter, Kiefer and Louise Bourgeois.
The works are on loan from 50 German museums and are seldom shown because of their delicacy.
Kunsthal, Rotterdam, until September 13.
Ilana Raviv and Paul du Toit
Two internationally acclaimed artists have their first exhibitions in the Netherlands. The Israeli-American Ilana Raviv creates synthetic life on canvas by forming diverse flat shapes in contrasting colours. The South African Paul du Toit’s style is reminiscent of the Cobra style with a strong emphasis on compositions, lines and colours.
Art Vine, Amsterdam, until September 27.
Jo Baer, Lynda Benglis, Jutta Koether
A trio exhibition by three of the foremost living female artists. The American Jo Baer came to her present ‘radical figuration’ style through abstract expressionism and minimalism. Her fellow countrywoman Lynda Benglis is noted for her wax paintings and poured latex sculpture. And the German Jutta Koether both celebrates and criticises art in her use of transparent colour fields and threatening black landscapes.
Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven until October 4.
New Light: The Hague School Revealed
The landscapes of the Hague School are well known. In this exhibition of one hundred paintings and works on paper the stories of the people pictured are told, giving an insight into how the Dutch lived in the second half of the 19th century. Among the art on display are works by Mauve, Maris and Weissenbruch.
Gemeentemuseum, The Hague until September 27.
Primal, the Power of Looking
Photos by Martin Kers and Willem Kolvoort, two of the Netherlands’ top nature photographers, provide close-ups of the details of the Dutch countryside from blooming reed stalks and the stones along river banks to fresh water sponges.
Museon, The Hague until September 22.
The art of designing forms which fit together to make articles like tables, cupboards, chairs and chandeliers. Among those taking part are the internationally renowned Patricia Urquiola and the Bouroullec brothers and new talents such as Maarten De Ceulaer and Berber Soepboer.
Stedelijk Museum, Den Bosch until September 13.
This year’s annual The Hague Sculpture features the works of just one artist: the Mexican Javier Marín. Marín makes enormous figures of male and female heads and warriors on horseback in a baroque style from bronze, marble and polyester resin. A large number of these extraordinary sculptures are exhibited in the leafy environs of the city’s main theatre.
Lange Voorhout, The Hague until September 9.
For the first time this year, Amsterdam has a sculpture walk. Under the name ArtZuid, around 30 works by artists such as Zadkine, Tajiri, Panamarenko and Rodin will be displayed outdoors.
Apollolaan and Minervalaan, Amsterdam, until October 26.
The Unanimous Life
The Lithuanian artist Deimantas Narkevicious (1964) uses video, film, sculpture and photos to explore the paradox inherent in collective memory and the way in which it is seen in the future.
Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven until September 6.
Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe
The designers Miriam van der Lubbe and Niels van Eijk, who started their own studio ten years ago, are internationally known for their diversity, designing everything from products and interiors to mini-architecture and exhibitions. This exhibition features a large number of their designs including a chair made of cowhide, a stove of ceramic textile, a lamp of glass fibre and bobbin lace and a handbag in the form of a pistol.
Textile Museum, Tilburg until October 11.