Antonio Canova, The Three Graces, 1812–16 (detail) © Aurelio Amendola / State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg


16 June
— 13 January 2019
Classic Beauties
Artists, Italy, and the Esthetic Ideals of the 18th century
All over mid-eighteenth century Europe, people watched with bated breath as excavations in Italy uncovered artistic treasures of stupefying beauty. It inspired artists to rediscover classic physical beauty and perfect its depiction. They also sparked a craze for travel among young aristocrats across the continent. Many undertook the Grand Tour: a pilgrimage to Italy, and in particular Rome, lasting many months. Among them were Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the ‘Count and Countess of the North’ (the later Russian Tsar Paul I and his wife Maria Fyodorovna). Arriving in the Eternal City, Grand Tourists encountered renowned artists: Pompeo Batoni, Anton Raphael Mengs, Angelika Kauffmann and – most famous of all – Antonio Canova.
Now on display
Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age
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Kaarina Staudinger-Loppukaarre - Animals and humans
From 14 june '18
Outsider Art Museum
Intriguing, unpolished art by people with extraordinary backgrounds
Outsider Art Gallery

Outsider Art Gallery

Watching over difference

26 September 2018 - 11 November 2018

The University of Humanistic Studies (Utrecht) asked people with learning disabilities to take photos of moments that stood out in daily life. The purpose of these photos and the research was to learn when they feel dependent on other people, or just the opposite. ‘Watching over difference’ presents these photos – and their stories – alongside work by photographer Aad van Vliet, who also joined the research team. Through his portraits and images of ‘helping hands’, Van Vliet attempts to show the humanity he sees in disability care. In this way, ’Watching over difference’ paints an intimate picture of the personalities and experiences of people with learning disabilities.

Coming soon: Raw Beauties

21/11/2018 – 20/1/2019

The body is central to the Raw Beauties exhibition. Many outsider artists are fascinated by this ‘earthly house of the mind’. Sometimes they use existing images or themselves as a model, while other times mere memories and imagination are employed. The results don’t always conform to ideal beauty. They are charged with emotion and inspiration from daily life, cultural touchpoints, myths, eroticism and spirituality. A stimulating exhibition of drawings, paintings, collage, photography and sculpture.

Jannie Notmeyer

Outsider Art Gallery

In the Outsider Art Gallery changing exhibitions of well-known and less known outsiders from the Netherlands and abroad take place. You will find paintings, drawings, prints, ceramic statues, sculpture, collages, photos and textile art. All works are for sale, the entrance to the gallery is free.
The Outsider Art Gallery is founded in 2016 by Cordaan care organisation in cooperation with the Hermitage Museum Amsterdam and Museum het Dolhuys Haarlem.

The art in the Outsider Art Gallery is often unconventional. Most the artists have an intellectual or mental disability. They are not concerned with commercial targets and their works do not reflect current trends in art. The art comes bubbling up from within – it is in their minds and just needs to come out. Their work is fascinating, versatile and very pure. The Outsider Art Gallery offers a fully-fledged art platform for these colourful artists, not inside the walls of a care organisation, but rather in an inspiring museum environment.

Outsider Art Studios

Currently a group of 15 artists is at work in the Outsider Art Studios, located above the gallery. They are accompanied by professional artists and pedagogical employees and work on their own art: painting, drawing, print making and digital media. In the studios companies or groups of individuals can also attend art workshops led by an outsider artist.

Outsider Art Lease

The Outsider Art Lease Programme allows you to borrow outsider art works. For more information about workshops, guided tours and/or art lease please look at: www.outsiderartgalerie.nl. Entrance is free.

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Photo Ilja Huner
Now on display
Panorama Amsterdam


Lorenzo Lotto, Madonna and Child with Angels (Madonna delle grazie), 1542. Oil on panel © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
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