Friday Night at the Van Gogh Museum

Every Friday the Van Gogh Museum is open until 10 pm with a packed programme. Did you know that every first Friday of the month the museum organizes a grand event? The other Friday Nights are designed a bit smaller with a DJ, VJ, cocktail bar, free guided tours and the return of one of the acts of the first night.

Friday Night in Van Gogh Museum (Photo: Nina Albada Jelgersma Photography)


Design competition Friday-Night carpet Van Gogh Museum and Desso

In collaboration with Desso, the Van Gogh Museum organizes a design competition, inviting designers to express their ideas about Vincent van Gogh and the Van Gogh Museum by designing a unique carpet. In close cooperation with the designer, Desso will make the winning concept into a carpet that will be the eye-catcher of the central hall of the museum each Friday Night.

A professional jury will judge all entries. The top-five entries will receive personal feedback on their design by Axel Rüger (Director Van Gogh Museum), Bas Kosters (designer and visual artist), Thomas Widdershoven (Creative Director Design Academy Eindhoven) and Léon Stolk (Creative Director Bourne Design), among others.

The unveiling of the new carpet will take place on Friday night 6 February 2015. For more information check out the flyer and terms and conditions.


Online tickets
To join a Friday Night, you only need a ticket to the Van Gogh Museum. For fast access, order your ticket online. You don't need to print your e-ticket, just show it on your smartphone (iOS or Android) at the museum entrance.

1 August


August: (re)new traditions

This month’s theme is all about old traditions in new guises.

Our museum is showing photographs by Emmy Andriesse this autumn. Andriesse followed in Van Gogh’s footsteps when, just before her death, she shot the photo series The World of Van Gogh. She travelled to Provence and to Auvers-sur-Oise to photograph the subjects that Vincent van Gogh had painted and drawn over sixty years earlier. Like the artist, she was interested in ordinary people and ordinary life, which she captured with the greatest possible honesty and respect throughout her career, and not just in this final series. In this way, the anonymous passer-by is given a face.

The exhibition The World of Van Gogh: Photographs by Emmy Andriesse runs until the beginning of October.


Poetry Circle/Nowhere

8:15–9:15 pm central hall

Nowhere is a production house that organizes workshops, performances, festivals and other special events for young people in Amsterdam. The spoken word artists at Nowhere are putting on a varied programme at the museum, in which you’ll hear all about how Van Gogh continues to inspire them. Oral poetry was already considered a high form of art in the time of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Nowhere’s Poetry Circle takes the Spoken Word tradition that has wafted over to Europe from the United States to show how entirely new poetry traditions can arise!


Disco Hooligans @ Friday Night present: Diggy Doug

Continuous, from 6:30 pm, central hall

Come and dance tonight to the hottest discs spun by the resident DJ and Magical Mondays host from Disco Dolly!


VJ Henry Jalink

Continuous, from 6:30 pm, central hall

Henry Jalink from Escapation is the resident VJ at Club Air. Big names he’s worked with in recent years include Martin Garrix, Steve Oaki, Skrillex, Girls Love DJs and YellowClaw. You’ll find him DJ-ing every summer at festivals like Buitenwesten and Amsterdam Open Air.

Guided Tour

7 pm: English; 8 pm: Dutch, Maximum 15 participants; registration and start at the info point

Be inspired by the extraordinary highlights of Van Gogh’s work during this interactive tour.



8 August


August: (re)new traditions


This month’s theme is all about old traditions in new guises.

Our museum is showing photographs by Emmy Andriesse this autumn. Andriesse followed in Van Gogh’s footsteps when, just before her death, she shot the photo series The World of Van Gogh. She travelled to Provence and to Auvers-sur-Oise to photograph the subjects that Vincent van Gogh had painted and drawn over sixty years earlier. Like the artist, she was interested in ordinary people and ordinary life, which she captured with the greatest possible honesty and respect throughout her career, and not just in this final series. In this way, the anonymous passer-by is given a face.

The exhibition The World of Van Gogh: Photographs by Emmy Andriesse runs until the beginning of October.


Tiao Dua

8:30–9:15 pm central hall

Tiao Dua’s Brazilian performers bring the summer to the museum with their untraditional samba sounds. They’ve even written a number specially for the Van Gogh Museum, Almond Blossom.


DJ Dirkson

Continuous, from 6:30 pm, central hall

This musicologist, seasoned radio pirate and musician will fire your imagination with his contemporary and classical vibes.


VJ Henry Jalink

Continuous, from 6:30 pm, central hall

Henry Jalink from Escapation is the resident VJ at Club Air. Big names he’s worked with in recent years include Martin Garrix, Steve Oaki, Skrillex, Girls Love DJs and YellowClaw. You’ll find him DJ-ing every summer at festivals like Buitenwesten and Amsterdam Open Air.


Guided Tour

7 pm: English; 8 pm: Dutch, Maximum 15 participants; registration and start at the info point

Be inspired by the extraordinary highlights of Van Gogh’s work during this interactive tour.



15 August


August: (re)new traditions

This month’s theme is all about old traditions in new guises.

Our museum is showing photographs by Emmy Andriesse this autumn. Andriesse followed in Van Gogh’s footsteps when, just before her death, she shot the photo series The World of Van Gogh. She travelled to Provence and to Auvers-sur-Oise to photograph the subjects that Vincent van Gogh had painted and drawn over sixty years earlier. Like the artist, she was interested in ordinary people and ordinary life, which she captured with the greatest possible honesty and respect throughout her career, and not just in this final series. In this way, the anonymous passer-by is given a face.

The exhibition The World of Van Gogh: Photographs by Emmy Andriesse runs until the beginning of October.


Poetry Circle/Nowhere

8:15–9:15 pm central hall

Nowhere is a production house that organizes workshops, performances, festivals and other special events for young people in Amsterdam. The spoken word artists at Nowhere are putting on a varied programme at the museum, in which you’ll hear all about how Van Gogh continues to inspire them. Oral poetry was already considered a high form of art in the time of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Nowhere’s Poetry Circle takes the Spoken Word tradition that has wafted over to Europe from the United States to show how entirely new poetry traditions can arise!


Disco Hooligans @ Friday Night present: Kleo

Continuous, from 6:30 pm, central hall

It was in Amsterdam that this Parisian visual artist developed her passion for vinyl and disco. These days she spins regularly at Café Belgique and is one of the residents at Disco Dolly.


VJ Henry Jalink

Continuous, from 6:30 pm, central hall

Henry Jalink from Escapation is the resident VJ at Club Air. Big names he’s worked with in recent years include Martin Garrix, Steve Oaki, Skrillex, Girls Love DJs and YellowClaw. You’ll find him DJ-ing every summer at festivals like Buitenwesten and Amsterdam Open Air.


Guided Tour

7 pm: English; 8 pm: Dutch, Maximum 15 participants; registration and start at the info point

Be inspired by the extraordinary highlights of Van Gogh’s work during this interactive tour.



22 August


August: (re)new traditions


This month’s theme is all about old traditions in new guises.

Our museum is showing photographs by Emmy Andriesse this autumn. Andriesse followed in Van Gogh’s footsteps when, just before her death, she shot the photo series The World of Van Gogh. She travelled to Provence and to Auvers-sur-Oise to photograph the subjects that Vincent van Gogh had painted and drawn over sixty years earlier. Like the artist, she was interested in ordinary people and ordinary life, which she captured with the greatest possible honesty and respect throughout her career, and not just in this final series. In this way, the anonymous passer-by is given a face.

The exhibition The World of Van Gogh: Photographs by Emmy Andriesse runs until the beginning of October.


Grachtenfestival @ Friday Night presents: Ensemble FIVE

8:15–8:45 pm central hall; 9:00–9:30 locations throughout the museum

The (re)new traditions theme is ideally suited to Ensemble FIVE, which will treat us to a special musical performance as part of the Grachtenfestival. The five cellists and ten associated composers who make up this young, interdisciplinary ensemble from Amsterdam, offer a totally different experience of their instrument by inviting composers from genres like pop and jazz, classical and film music to write new pieces for them.

Don’t come expecting a standard concert: allow yourself to be surprised by the special setting in which you decide yourself as listener how close you want to sit to the five musicians.


DJ Goldfinger

Continuous, from 6:30 pm, central hall

Apart from his performances at Salon USSR and Moskow Diskow, the Russian Maxim Shaposhnikov has produced music and soundtracks for a series of art projects. Each set in the museum is inspired by the atmosphere of the city and the theme of the exhibitions.


VJ Henry Jalink

Continuous, from 6:30 pm, central hall

Henry Jalink from Escapation is the resident VJ at Club Air. Big names he’s worked with in recent years include Martin Garrix, Steve Oaki, Skrillex, Girls Love DJs and YellowClaw. You’ll find him DJ-ing every summer at festivals like Buitenwesten and Amsterdam Open Air.


Guided Tour

7 pm: English; 8 pm: Dutch, Maximum 15 participants; registration and start at the info point

Be inspired by the extraordinary highlights of Van Gogh’s work during this interactive tour.



29 August


August: (re)new traditions

This month’s theme is all about old traditions in new guises.

Our museum is showing photographs by Emmy Andriesse this autumn. Andriesse followed in Van Gogh’s footsteps when, just before her death, she shot the photo series The World of Van Gogh. She travelled to Provence and to Auvers-sur-Oise to photograph the subjects that Vincent van Gogh had painted and drawn over sixty years earlier. Like the artist, she was interested in ordinary people and ordinary life, which she captured with the greatest possible honesty and respect throughout her career, and not just in this final series. In this way, the anonymous passer-by is given a face.

The exhibition The World of Van Gogh: Photographs by Emmy Andriesse runs until the beginning of October.


Poetry Circle/Nowhere

8:15–9:15 pm central hall

Nowhere is a production house that organizes workshops, performances, festivals and other special events for young people in Amsterdam. The spoken word artists at Nowhere are putting on a varied programme at the museum, in which you’ll hear all about how Van Gogh continues to inspire them. Oral poetry was already considered a high form of art in the time of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Nowhere’s Poetry Circle takes the Spoken Word tradition that has wafted over to Europe from the United States to show how entirely new poetry traditions can arise!


Disco Hooligans @ Friday Night present: Jeff Monrae

Continuous, from 6:30 pm, central hall

Jeff Monrae’s a man who won’t rest until he’s found the perfect disco record. Come and lose yourself this evening in the little gems he’s picked out for you.


VJ Henry Jalink

Continuous, from 6:30 pm, central hall

Henry Jalink from Escapation is the resident VJ at Club Air. Big names he’s worked with in recent years include Martin Garrix, Steve Oaki, Skrillex, Girls Love DJs and YellowClaw. You’ll find him DJ-ing every summer at festivals like Buitenwesten and Amsterdam Open Air.


Guided Tour

7 pm: English; 8 pm: Dutch, Maximum 15 participants; registration and start at the info point

Be inspired by the extraordinary highlights of Van Gogh’s work during this interactive tour.



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