Catherine, the Greatest

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Opening hours during the holidays

Saturday 24 December 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday 25 December closed
Monday 26 December 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday 31 December 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday 1 January 11 am - 5 pm

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Passion, Religion and power in Dutch and Chinese Outsider Art

The first major exhibition featuring Chinese and Dutch Outsider Art is coming to the Netherlands. Featuring in excess of 200 extraordinary works by Chinese and Dutch outsider artists, the exhibition offers visitors the unique opportunity to compare and admire Outsider Art produced in both countries. The exhibition runs from 24 November 2016 to 5 June 2017 at the Outsider Art Museum (OAM), located in the Hermitage Amsterdam.


Jannemiek Tukker (1964) - Wat ben ik? - 2006
Yang Min (1982) - Untitled - 2014

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New series of 'Picasso grids' on view in exhibition by ABN AMRO Art Award winner Van Kreij

Reclining Nude with Man Playing the Guitar on view at Hermitage Amsterdam from 24.11.2016 through 28.5.2017

In Marijn van Kreij’s multifaceted oeuvre, consisting of drawings, paintings, collages, videos and installations, the process of duplication plays a key role. In his work, Van Kreij finds a connection with historical work by artists from the past – the legacy of modernism in particular – as well as with music and visual culture in the broader sense. Reflecting on ideas around repetition and autonomy, his work often forms a response to existing works of art or involves collaborations with other artists, designers, writers or musicians.


Marijn van Kreij, 'Picasso grids'

Hermitage Amsterdam opens unique exhibition: 1917. Romanovs & Revolution

A unique exhibition entitled 1917. Romanovs & Revolution. The End of Monarchy will open at the Hermitage Amsterdam in February 2017, exactly a century after the outbreak of the Russian Revolution. This will be the only showing of the exhibition in Western Europe. It will include over 250 items from the collections of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, the State Archive of the Russian Federation in Moscow, and the Artillery Museum in St Petersburg. Using films, photographs, paintings, objets d’art and historical documents, the show will tell the gripping story of fashionable St Petersburg and the art that flourished there in the early twentieth century, of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra, and of the explosive political and social circumstances of their reign.
The exhibition will run from 4 February to 17 September 2017.


Tsar Nicolaas II and tsarevitsj Aleksej, ca. 1910
© GARF, The State Archive of the Russian Federation, Moscow

Dutch Masters form the Hermitage

October 7, 2017 – May 28, 2018

The exhibition Dutch Masters from the Hermitage is unique in the world. For the first time, and probably the last, a large overview of the Dutch masterpieces from the collection of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg will be on show in Europe.

On display are over 63 works by 50 painters of the Dutch Golden Age, including 6 masterpieces by Rembrandt. The tsars purchased them in the times of The Republic. They thereby set an international trend in appreciation of Rembrandt and his contemporaries. The splendid works of art bear witness to a true love for the Dutch Golden Age painters. Most paintings never travelled back to the Netherlands or Western Europe. Now, they return to their home ground for seven months.

A first selection of works that will be shown, is now known. Rembrandt’s Flora (1634) and Young Woman with Earrings (1656), Govert Flinck’s Portrait of a Man (1637), Lot and his daughters (ca. 1600) by Joachim van Wtewael, The woman and her maid (1661-63) by Pieter de Hooch and Jan Steen Tric-Trac Players (1667) are definite. Soon, much more will be announced, including works by Frans Hals, Jacob van Ruisdael, Gerard Dou, Cornelis Cornelisz. Haarlem and Paulus Potter.

With over 1,000 works (paintings, prints and drawings), the Dutch Masters collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg is the world's largest outside the Netherlands.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Flora, 1634
© State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Catherine, the Greatest is ready to meet you!

First Outsider Art Museum in the Netherlands

The museum world acknowledges a growing art movement

For the first time, the Netherlands will have its own Outsider Art Museum, with world-class works of art by national and international outsider artists. This museum will make its home in a new space in the Hermitage Amsterdam. The Dolhuys in Haarlem, health care organization Cordaan, and the Hermitage Amsterdam have joined in a unique partnership to put a substantial collection of outsider art on display for a large international audience.

The new museum, which will open on 17 March, focuses on contemporary outsider art from the growing Dolhuys collection: hundreds of works by scores of artists from Britain, France, Iran, Japan, and the Netherlands. Among these artists, one famous name is Shinichi Sawada (b. 1982). He exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2013, when outsider art took the spotlight there. That event launched this emerging movement into the international art scene. Sawada makes ceramic sculptures in an intensely perfectionistic process.


Keisuke Ishino, Girl, Collection of the artist
Sawada, Zonder titel, 2006-2010, Collection Dolhuys
Derk Wessels, Portret Zwarte haren, 2011, Collection Dolhuys

Exhibition Catherine, the Greatest. Self-polished Diamond of the Hermitage unravels myths surrounding Europe’s greatest empress and her life

Two hundred and fifty years after Catherine the Great founded the Hermitage, the Hermitage Amsterdam presents her life story in a sumptuous exhibition on Europe's longest-reigning empress. Her name has always been surrounded with stories and superlatives, often about her private life and court intrigues. Some of these stories belong to the realm of myth, but others are perfectly true.


Georg Christoph Grooth, Portrait of Grand Duchess Catherine Alexeevna, 1745–46
© State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.
Vigilius Eriksen, Portrait of Catherine the Great on Horseback, 1762. Oil on canvas
© State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.
Fyodor Rokotov after Alexander Roslin, Portrait of Catherine, the Greatest, 1780–90 (original 1777–78). Oil on canvas.

Exhibition Programme
Hermitage Amsterdam

Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age From November 29,2014
Outsider Art Museum From November 24, 2016
Catherine, the Greatest. Self-polished Diamond of the Hermitage June 18, 2016 – January 15, 2017
1917. Romanovs & Revolution
(subject to changes)
February 4 – September 17, 2017
Dutch Master
(subject to changes)
October 7, 2017 – May 27, 2018

© State Hermitage Museum St Petersburg

Plantage Amsterdam, cultural garden of Amsterdam

Right in the city centre the Plantage neighbourhood offers nature and culture in laidback surroundings. Visit another museum or cultural institution in this area. Wander through its many parks, stroll along its canals or have a drink at one of those wonderful waterside terraces.
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Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed on 27 April (Kingsday) and 25 December (Christmas Day)
Open on 1 January 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

The Hermitage Amsterdam is located on Amstel 51, Amsterdam

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February 4th 2017 in the Hermitage Amsterdam

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