City Guide Amsterdam – Winter ’23 - ART FIX

City Guide Amsterdam – Winter '23

All the leaves are brown, skies are grey and before you know it, it'll be snowing... but the art world is as vibrant as ever! The year might be hurtling to an end at lightning speed, but there’s still plenty to see along the beautifully illuminated canals of Amsterdam. We've curated the best exhibitions, galleries and events to keep the dreary Dutch weather at bay and introduce some color and coziness into this wintery season.

First order of business: this Art Fix map will save you time when you’re busy gallery-hopping along the canals of Amsterdam. Save it on your phone in the Google Maps app, and share with fellow art-loving friends.


Collection of Boijmans Van Beuningen | Rijksmuseum

Rotterdam in Amsterdam! Until January, you’ll be able to see 90 exceptional works from the collection of the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, which is currently closed for a large-scale renovation.

Van Gogh Along the Seine | Van Gogh Museum

During the 19th century, the area of Asnières along the river Seine was a scenic spring of inspiration for the likes of Van Gogh and his contemporaries, including Paul Signac, Georges Seurat, Emile Bernard, and Charles Angrand.

Art Fix: If you’re heading for Amsterdam Noord, hop on the ‘Van Gogh along the Seine’ ferry that’ll take you from Amsterdam Central Station to the NDSM Wharf.

Nan Goldin | Stedelijk Museum

This must-see retrospective “This Will Not End Well” is the first exhibition that presents Nan Goldin’s work as a filmmaker. Be sure to book a ticket with a time-slot before you go.

Art Fix: Have you checked out our episode on protest art? Watch “Don’t Shoot the Messenger” for more insights into the impact of Nan Goldin’s work.

Amsterdam Light Festival

It’s that time of the year again! Our favorite light are festival that illuminates the early nights. Take a scenic stroll or cruise down the canals of Amsterdam this holiday season. From 14 Dec to 7 Jan you’ll find additional light artworks in the Hoftuin from 16:00 till 21:00 every day. There’s free-entrance, but of course we think a canal cruise is the best way to experience the light festival.

Art Fix: Remember our episode on light art? Watch it here.

Random International | NXT Museum

Random International is a London-based post-digital art group that creates large-scale installations, exploring the relationship between humanity and technology, and how it impacts our connections to one another.

Art Fix: To learn more about digital art, catch up on our episode “The Virtual as Reality”.

Carlijn Jacobs – Sleeping Beauty, 2023 ©Foam. Photo: Christian van der Kooy

Carlijn Jacobs | FOAM 

  • Until 21 Jan ‘24
  • Keizersgracht 609

Dutch photographer Carlijn Jacobs is a tour-de-force in fashion photography and visual art – in fact, she’s the talent behind Beyoncé’s 2023 album cover. In her solo exhibition “Sleeping Beauty”, her work is enriched with AI to create hauntingly surreal images inspired by aesthetics of Japanese geisha and Venetian masks.

Sol LeWitt | Jewish Museum 

  • Until 31 Mar ‘24
  • Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1

Sol LeWitt is a leading name in the field of conceptual art – this exhibition delves into the relationship between his artwork and his Jewish identity.

Meredith Monk | Oude Kerk 

A 700 year old church in the middle of Amsterdam is an unlikely, yet ideal, place to enjoy the immersive work of this American vocalist and interdisciplinary performer.


Chae Eun Rhee | Eenwerk 

Based between South Korea and the Netherlands, Chae Eun Rhee is a graduate of the Rijksacademie in 2020 whose oil paintings are an assemblage of images from art history and contemporary issues on social media.

Group exhibition, ‘Colourful KERSGALLERY’ | Kersgallery

How about some colour to brighten up the lacklustre Dutch weather?

Antonio Jose Guzman & Iva Jankovic | Galerie Stigter van Doesburg

An ongoing joint project reimagining the transatlantic connections of indigo-blue textiles that have come to represent diasporic identity and rich cultural histories.

Ilona Langbroek | Bildhalle

  • From 8 Dec ‘23 – 24 Feb ‘24
  • Willemsparkweg 134H

The contrast of light and shadow in this artist’s photography is simply hypnotic – Langbroek’s work is an introspective look at the cultural identity of the former Dutch East Indies.

Adriano Amaral | Galerie Fons Welters

Brazilian artist Adriano Amaral’s installations fill the space with his exploration of materiality and physicality.

Christy Groen & Sabina Lăpteanu | Galerie Fons Welters

Recent graduates Christy Groen and Sabina Lăpteanu take the stage in the front gallery of Fons Welters, presenting light sculptures and paintings.

Art Fix: Did you know the front façade of this gallery was made by Joep van Lieshout?

Rezi van Lankveld | Annet Gelink Gallery

These paintings may be small in size, but they are mighty in impact – Van Lankveld’s use of colour and texture makes for an abstract yet familiar image.

Bertien van Manen | Annet Gelink Gallery Bakery

Bertien van Manen is a Dutch female artist whose photographs have an inexplicably immersive quality to them, throwing you into the lives of those whose image she captures.

Group exhibition, ‘The Painted Room’ | GRIMM Gallery

This group exhibition brings together nine artists whose works all depict quiet, domestic scenes that seem to capture the fleeting nostalgia of life at home. Fittingly, the show has been curated by none other than Caroline Walker!

Art Fix: Have you listened to our podcast interview with Caroline?

Inti Hernandez | Ron Mandos Gallery

Inspired by the philosophy of Baruch Spinoza, Cuban artist Inti Hernández paints beautiful natural landscapes that compel viewers to rethink nature as an extension of the home.

Group exhibition, ‘The Permanent Journey’ | Ron Mandos Gallery

A deeply arresting group show of ten contemporary Cuban artists and their connection to the concept of migration, displacement and community identity.

Popel Coumou | Torch Gallery

Following a hugely successful solo booth at Unseen Amsterdam this past September, Torch Gallery celebrates the opening of Popel Coumou’s seventh solo exhibition. We’re big fans of the ethereal glow in these liminal spaces.

Tanja Engelberts | Caroline O’Breen Gallery

Based in The Hague, Tanja Engelberts is a visual artist whose works are rather confrontational, yet alluring, in the ways that they evoke the direness of the climate crisis.

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi | Stevenson

In her fascinating exhibition ‘Stadium’, Nkosi delves into the political and cultural messaging that is latent within sporting events.

Noémie Degen & Simon Jaton | Diez Gallery 

This brand new gallery space is celebrating its opening with an exhibition of Paris-based artist duo, Noémie Degen and Simon Jaton.

Ruud van Empel | Galerie Fontana 

Ruud van Empel uses photo manipulation to produce these stunning assemblages of the natural world and imagined landscapes.

Tomas Rajlich | Borzo Gallery 

  • Until 22 Dec ‘23
  • Keizersgracht 321

In 1969, this Czech-Dutch artist fled from his home country following the turmoil of the Prague Spring. Since then, he has become a namesake of the Fundamental Painting tradition from the 70s, delving into geometric abstraction and inspiration from the Minimalists.


Refik Anadol | Kunsthal

  • Until 1 Apr ‘24 
  • Westzeedijk 341, 3015 AA Rotterdam

Are you ready for the first solo exhibition of this prominent digital artist in the Netherlands? Anadol uses AI and data visualisation to create ‘living paintings’.

Anselm Kiefer | Museum Voorlinden

  • Until 25 Feb ‘24
  • Buurtweg 90, 2244 AG Wassenaar

Produced in close collaboration with the artist himself, this exhibition has transformed the usually bright and airy Voorlinden into an immersive, rubbled Kiefer-esque landscape.

Yayoi Kusama | Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

Did you know that Kusama spent the early years of her career in this very city in the Netherlands? 

Art Fix tip: Learn more about Yayoi Kusama’s 2012 collaboration with Louis Vuitton in Episode 8.

Africa Supernova | Kunsthal Kade

Bringing together 145 artworks by artists from 33 African countries, this collection presentation serves as an impressive cross-section of contemporary African art. The show recently featured on NPO’s “Nu te Zien”, which you can view here.

Reach for the Stars | Galerie Ramakers

A new group exhibition is opening opposite the Royal Stables and the Paleistuin. Galerie Ramakers will also be participating in PAN Amsterdam, so you don’t have to make the trip down to the Hague if you’re short on time.


PAN Amsterdam

  • 19 – 26 Nov ’23
  • Opening hours are 11:00 – 18:00 except on Tuesday and Thursday (open until 20:00 and 21:30)
  • Amsterdam RAI, Hall 8, Europaplein

The Dutch national art fair that brings together the best in art, antiques and design opens its doors at Amsterdam RAI for nine days.

PAN Podium 

  • 19 – 26 Nov ’23
  • Amsterdam RAI, Hall 8, Europaplein

Throughout the fair, PAN Podium offers a daily program of panels and talks. On Tuesday 21 November from 18:00, the Art Fix founders will be there and you are warmly welcome! We’ll be launching our brand new edition with Joep van Lieshout, and hosting a talk on digital learning and collecting. Open until 20:00.

Group exhibition, ‘Echoes’ | Go Mulan Gallery

This exhibition brings together four artists whose works are all tied in some way to the practice of art history: from Renaissance masters to the Khmer Empire, there’s no shortage of history in this show.



Have you checked out this new coffee spot yet? It’s as Instagrammable as it is delish.

Rum Baba Coffee Roasters

Who doesn’t love a freshly roasted brew with a slice of homemade cake?

Back to Black

For a special seasonal treat, make sure you order the filled speculaas biscuit with your cup of coffee.


Bakkerij Wolf

Open face sandwiches and schiacciata galore – we also recommend the delicious carrot cake.


A Canadian-owned bakery that specialises in sourdough bagels – yum, count us in.

Caldi e Freddi

Amsterdam’s best kept secret is an authentic Italian deli in the heart of Amsterdam’s centre with unbeatable prices – think panini, cornetti and espresso.


A chic, yet cosy spot for French-Mediterranean inspired shared plates and a very indulgent selection of wines.


Speaking of wine, this fine dining establishment is well equipped with not one, not two, but three sommeliers. Book a table here for refined flavours served with a casual vibe.

Kikkie van de Prinsensluis

This modern twist on the classic Amsterdam brown café is exactly the ticket at the end of a cold rainy day of museum-hopping. We recommend the smash burgers here for your cheat day treat. 


Twee Prinsen

Just opposite Kikkie sits this stylish natural wine bar – head here for drinks on a nice full stomach.

Café Thijssen

This is a truly historic location in the Dutch capital – great for snacks and small bites to go with your end-of-day drinks.

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