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Museum het Rembrandthuis
Rembrandt House Museum
#About the Museum

The Rembrandt House Museum (Museum het Rembrandthuis), located in the Jewish Quarter, is home to the painter Rembrandt van Rijn. He lived here for 20 years, between the years 1639-1659 and now serves as a museum for the commemoration of his life and work.

The building was built in 1600. At that time, where the young painter was newly married, he lived in this respectable middle-class neighborhood. Among the Jews living in the quarter, Rembrandt was able to find inspiration in the creation of his famous biblical images.

Rembrandt was also known for his amazing engravings. They were very sought after and their printing in books revealed his work in all directions. The exhibits in the museum explain the complex creation process of the etching. Rembrandt took advantage of the method of engraving with a flexible hand and dealt with all kinds of subjects - from magical leaps to Biblical subjects.

At the end of the 19th century the museum was renovated, and in 1911 it was opened and dedicated entirely to Rembrandt's art. The museum has 260 works out of the 290 works Rembrandt painted in his life. You can also see the self portraits that he used to paint, which allow you to dive into his inner feelings. It is apparent that at the beginning of the publication and the glory of his face he was full of confidence and pleasure, while in the later pictures he seemed more restrained and closed.

The place is very authentic and allows you to enter the artist's life story and imagine him walking around the studio and passing his time with his family. Welcome to the family!

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Foam Amsterdam
Foam Amsterdam
#About the Photography Museum

This small and pleasant museum is devoted to the entire subject of photography. You can see the amazing photographs displayed in the various exhibitions, listen to lectures or discussions on various subjects in the field of photography and in general - to meet other people who are engaged or interested in photography.

The museum is in the heart of Amsterdam and is considered the leader in its field. It was built in 1861, in an impressive building. Usually there is one central exhibition of a famous photographer (which changes once in a while) and around it are small exhibitions of photographs of all kinds: art, documentary, fashion, and more. With the large windows, the pictures are illuminated with a proper light to show them at their best.

Although many of the works presented here are of the best photographers in the world, the museum is proud to nurture and give stage for photographers at their beginning. The museum also publishes its own magazine and sells limited editions of especially beautiful images. The museum collaborates with MTV to present each year an annual performance of young talents.


If you want to join a free tour, you can come on Thursdays at 6:30 pm.

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The Mondriaan House
#About the Mondriaan Museum

If you ever arrive in the town of Amersfoort, near Amsterdam, visit the Mondriaan Museum (Mondriaanhuis), a museum named after Mondriaan, a native of the talented city who gained fame and became one of the great masters of abstract painting.

The museum presents the life history and development of Mondrian's style, the famous Modernist painter in his geometric paintings, based on the primary colors, blue, red and yellow and the black lines.

The museum presents realistic works from his youth, landscapes he painted in his studies in Amsterdam and won many sales, paintings he painted when he moved to Paris under the influence of cubism that swept him to modernism, his paintings during his partnership with the De Steele art and design group, works from his time in New York, his connection to jazz music, music he loved especially and the revolution he created in the world of painting and its enormous effects on the art of the 20th century.

#Important Tips

If you wish to visit the house, you must book a visit at least one week before arrival.

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Stedelijk Museum
Stedelijk Museum
#About the Museum

This special building belongs to the Stedelijk Museum, from a quick glance it looks like a giant bath tub, this is one of the leading museums in the world for modern art. It is large and impressive and is the location of many displays and exhibits permanent and temporary, lectures, performances that are varied and interesting. Until its re-opening in 2009 it was located in a different building, very close to the new one.

The building of the new structure was not a small investment - 170 million euros. This was not the original budget, but was grossly over spent while in construction. The architecture firm that designed the building was the Dutch office Benthem Crouwel. The building covers 12,000 square meters and is considered new and innovative.

At the Stedelijk Museum you can find many artworks by known artists like Picasso, Matis, Mondriaan, de Kooning, Rauschenberg, and more. Among other things, you will see sketches, statues and other pieces of art that were created after World War II.

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Art in Amsterdam

Amsterdam National Museum
#About the Museum

The Amsterdam National Museum (Rijksmuseum) was established in 1800, in order to display modern art (modern at the time). It is also known by the name "The National Museum of Art" and is one of the most important museums in the world. The museum is located in the museum square, and nearby are other museums that are worth the visit. It is easy to spot this museum thanks to its impressive building, that looks just like a palace. This is the reason it is nicknamed the royal museum.

The truth is that the beautiful building only hosted the museum from 1885. The building was designed by Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers who designed the building in a mix between the Gothic and Renaissance style.

Among 4,500 pieces of art that you can see here are paintings, sketches, statues, prints, photos, and more. There are many works of art from the 17th century, and pieces from Amsterdam's golden age.

In the five wings at the museum you will find the Philips division (also named after the electronics giant who donated the money for its construction), this wing includes, among others, Rembrandt's "Night Watch." In addition, among the rooms in the museum you will be exposed to a huge selection of exhibits that will provide a nostalgic and fascinating experience in time, from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and beyond. Through the presentation of the items, arranged according to the periods, we can learn about the common characteristics of the art and the subjects that occupied the artists.

Especially interesting exhibits are art objects from Asia, dolls' houses, porcelain objects and more. The museum is very popular and has many visitors throughout the day.

#Renovation of the Museum

In 2013 the museum was renovated in a large and significant way. Although the original structure of Pierre Cuypers was added wings and courtyards, the result has not yet been sufficient, as the museum's vast collection have only grown throughout the years. In 2003 it was closed for extensive renovations.

It was opened 10 years later, in 2013. The renovations lasted five years longer than planned (originally designed for 5 years of renovation) and their total cost amounted to about $500 million. Despite the enormous deviation from the budget and the timelime, something particularly nostalgic about it in the 19th century returned to the museum, combined with elements that characterized the 21st century.

The architects, Cruz and Ortiz, won the competition and undertook the renovation of the museum. They began a precise reconstruction of the galleries and decorations that characterized the building in the past. They believed in simplicity and made sure to stick to tradition and nostalgia. Among other things, he added a display space, shops, restaurants, educational facilities and a renovated library.

The museum's public interior, with a size of more than 2,200 square meters, contains glass roofs and Portuguese stone floors, which can be accessed free of charge and featuring performances and artistic installations.

#Rembrandt's "Night Watch" Painting (Courtesy of Eureka Encyclopedia)

One of the most prominent paintings at the Amsterdam National Museum is Rembrandt's painting, "Night Watch," or "night shift," as its name is sometimes written, a masterpiece of the Dutch painter Rembrandt. This painting is considered the artist's most famous painting and probably the most important work of art of the Netherlands.

The painting was completed in 1642 and depicts the civil force of Captain Koch (dressed in black and red) and his deputy Willem van Roitenbork, together with the soldiers of their platoon.

The name "Night Watch" is given to it even though it is not a nightly picture, because it is coated with dark varnish that gives the viewer the feeling that it is nighttime.

History of art knows that the fact that not all members of the Guard's faces were painted, some faces are clear while others are hidden, caused the painting to be rejected by the ones who comissioned it, and it was hung in the city hall of Amsterdam. It was also cut at the edge, in order to hang it on a wall too small. The full painting today remains only in a smaller copy of the original painting.

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Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum
#About the Museum

All of us and especially art lovers among us know Vincent Van Gogh, one of the greatest painters of all time. The Dutch artist, who in his lifetime did not succeed, was successful only after he ended his life in 1890. In his life Van Gogh sold only one painting, but today he is considered one of the greatest painters in history, if not the greatest. When you visit a museum dedicated to him in Amsterdam, you will be exposed to the largest collection in the world collected for him.

The museum was founded in 1973 in a building designed by the architect Gerrit Rietveld. The museum has more than 200 paintings and 500 drawings. You can learn about Van Gogh's artistic development through the chronological displays of the works and learn about the development of his painting style throughout the seven periods he created, from the "optimistic" to the darkest. You will also be exposed in the museum to the works of other artists who created in the 19th century and learn about the turbulent period in general.

Pay particular attention to the famous paintings of Van Gogh, "Potato Eaters," "Yellow House in Arles" and one of the three "Sunflower" paintings.

In addition to the permanent exhibition, the museum also has temporary exhibitions on various subjects. Children can also find interest in workshops, voice tours, and treasure hunt games to keep them alert and active.

#What is Van Gogh's Story?

Vincent Van Gogh is now known as one of the greatest painters of all time, but in his life he suffered from poverty and many difficulties in his soul and his relationship with others. As a painter he is known for his bold and expressive use of colors and is now considered one of the creators of Expressionism.

In his youth, he changed drawing styles more than once and was very influenced by the Japanese painting. He created his large paintings, full of light and light colors, in the last years of his life. These years he painted in the south of France. At the same time, Van Gogh began to lose his sanity and did strange things that indicated a difficult mental distress. The most famous of them was the chopping off his ear, rumored to give it to a woman he loved, but in reality probably after a quarrel with his friend, the painter Paul Gauguin.

Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting, called "The Red Kerem." His lack of pocket led him to draw on tablecloths and towels he took from the mental institution where he was hospitalized. Today his paintings are worth millions of dollars each.

The realization of his genius came only a few years after his death. His paintings were then exhibited in Paris and were widely appreciated. Since then they have become the most important in the history of art and are now sold at record prices!

#About the Theft from the Museum

In 2002 two important works were stolen from the museum. The paintings are "A View Above the Sea in Scheveningen" and "People Emerging from the Church in Nuenen." These are two works lent to the museum by the Dutch government. Using a ladder and hammers, the thieves entered the museum through the roof, took the two paintings from the exhibition hall and fled for their lives. The value of the works was 77 million euros and they were not insured when they were stolen. The FBI defined the theft as one of the world's top ten art crimes.

In 2016, the stolen creations were handed over to the authorities by a criminal organization after an ongoing investigation. Using DNA samples collected at the museum, two suspects were arrested: "the monkey," the art thief Octav Durham and his partner Henk Bayslin, both of whom were sentenced to four years in prison.

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