27 August 2014
Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw jointly at the Uitmarkt
From Friday 29 up to and including Sunday 31 August, the Uitmarkt 2014 will be take place - the start of the new cultural season. For the second consecutive year, the four major cultural institutes on the Museumplein will jointly present their programmes.
In their stands, the cultural institutes on the Museumplein will present part of their programme of activities of the 2014-2015 season. It is the ambition of the four institutes to emphasize the cultural wealth assembled alongside the Museumplein, by operating jointly.
Van Gogh Museum
During the Uitmarkt 2014 the Van Gogh Museum is going to organize a great variety of events. Curators Fleur Roos Rosa de Carvalho and Maite van Dijk will show the public how the Van Gogh Museum is going to present the development of Van Gogh's artistic genius with a brand-new permanent collection exhibition (which the public can admire from 28 November onwards). They will explain what makes Van Gogh's work so powerful and universal and why he is still a great source of inspiration for both artists and the general public today. The public can register for their presentation at the stand. Visitors to the Uitmarkt can also register at the stand for a Story-per-museum-room presentation in the Van Gogh Museum. On Sunday, the public can admire the progress of the construction of the new glass entrance building during Hard Hat tours that will be held non-stop during the weekend: those interested will be given the unique opportunity to enter the building site and to discover what the new entrance is going to look like in 2015 (registration at the entrance of the building site).
The opening of the renewed Philips wing on 1 November 2014 will be the start of a very exciting new season for the Rijksmuseum. The Philips wing will open with Modern Times, the first major retrospective of 20th-century photography based on their own collection. Four hundred photos will show the best of the collection and illustrate the important developments that occurred in the previous century. The large 2015 blockbuster is the Late Rembrandt exhibition that will start on 12 February. In collaboration with the National Gallery in London, the Rijksmuseum is going to present a comprehensive overview of the master between ca. 1652 and his death in 1669, a period in which his work is characterized by an immense complexity that still determines the way Rembrandt is perceived worldwide to this very day. Starting with the Uitmarkt weekend, the brand-new course programme for 2014-2015 is available for all visitors, including more than 60 courses, workshops, lectures, guided tours and tutorials offered by the museum to young and old. During the Uitmarkt, visitors can take part in free Calder workshops that accompany the spectacular garden exhibition of sculptures by Alexander Calder (until 5 October). The Uitmarkt stand of the Rijksmuseum will also provide a preview of the successful workshop You & The Golden Age. Children can participate in the Draw the Silver Fleet workshop during Uitmarkt Junior.
The Stedelijk Museum
During this year's Uitmarkt, the Stedelijk Museum will be dominated by the exhibitions Bad Thoughts – The Martijn and Jeannette Sanders Collection and On The Move, about new developments in photography and graphic design. Attention will also be paid to the major Marlene Dumas exhibition due to open on 6 September. Under the canopy of the Stedelijk Museum, visitors can design their own posters in the official Stedelijk Museum style on Saturday (12 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (1p.m. to 6 p.m.). Visitors can derive their inspiration from the famous posters of the Stedelijk Museum and from statements by important designers, such as Wim Crouwel, Willem Sandberg and Mevis&Van Deursen. In addition, every 30 minutes a free speed tour will be organized: short guided tours through the Bad Thoughts and On The Move exhibitions. The tours are conducted by museum lecturers, Blikopeners (young people between 15 and 19 who work for the Stedelijk Museum) and artists from the On The Move exhibition. In the Uitmarkt stand, visitors can have their picture taken with their own bad thoughts in a special photo booth. Exclusive videos will be shown and visitors can receive information about the museum.
During the Uitmarkt, the public can enjoy short, 30-minute concerts in the less well-known choir-practice room in the basement of Het Concertgebouw, a unique experience, not in the least because of the location. Furthermore, a number of short concerts will be organized in the Recital Hall, the gem of the building. The programme will include a great variety of music, classical and other. Thanks to his great success, the first Dutch air-conducting champion, Richard van Roessel, will again give several half-hour courses at the Uitmarkt stand. Join in and feel like a conductor in the Koninklijk Concertgebouw!
For the complete programme, the locations and accessibility of the Uitmarkt, see www.uitmarkt.nl.
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