Amsterdam Art Week - ART FIX

Amsterdam Art Week

Now that the Netherlands has lifted most Covid restrictions, it's time to see and experience art in real life at Amsterdam Art Week! Let Art Fix be your guide to the best of the contemporary art scene in Amsterdam.

Drift at Carré

Let’s kick off with the mesmerizing presentation of Drift at the Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam. Filled with excitement and anticipation, Art Fix was lucky enough to experience EGO, a show displaying a kinetic sculpture made of 10 miles of ultra-fine nylon, accompanied by Lavinia Meijer’s magical harp performance. Unfortunately all tickets are sold out, but watch this short video to get a feeling of this mind blowing installation.

Art Fix date night tip: In front of the theatre Carré is a new pop up restaurant Terrace on the Amstel which hosts a different restaurant every weekend. Cool idea for a date night?

Ellsworth Kelly – the Rijksmuseum Gardens

Ellsworth Kelly’s immense sculptures in the Rijksmuseum gardens are not to be missed this Summer. Kelly was one of the most important American artists of the second half of the 20th century. Nine of his sculptures are outdoors, all of which are being shown in the Netherlands for the first time.

Art Fix Tip: Be sure to book a guided tour.

Bruce Nauman – Stedelijk Museum

  • Until 24 October 2021
  • Museumplein 10, Amsterdam

Make sure to add a stop at the Stedelijk Museum after visiting Kelly’s exhibition. This Amsterdam’s go-to institution for contemporary art is presenting a major retrospective of the American artist Bruce Nauman. In collaboration with Tate Modern, this exhibition presents the largest overview of the radical pioneer of video and light art. 

Imagine – Art Zuid 2021

  • 1 July – 17 October 2021
  • Amsterdam Zuid

The Amsterdam Sculpture Biennale officially opens on July 1st, but Art Fix has already spotted some of the impressive high profile sculptures around the green lanes of Amsterdam South. Look out for the uber cool sculpture “Good Intentions” by KAWS, which is on display right in front of the Rijksmuseum!


Jan Robert Leegte: Van Gogh Inspires –  Van Gogh Museum 

Visiting the Van Gogh Museum is always a good idea! Climb the stairs to the third floor of this glorious museum to view Jan Robert Leegte’s works. Inspired by Van Gogh’s landscapes, Leegte created an algorithm that randomly selects images with queries like ‘mountains’, ‘forests’ or ‘sunsets’. Having found an image, the algorithm then compresses the file maximally, creating a raw compressed landscape, imitating Van Gogh’s paintings beautifully. The “Compressed Landscapes” series is on view online for those who can’t visit the exhibition IRL.

Art Fix coffee tipOn your way to Albada Jelgersma Gallery, grab a delicious freshly roasted coffee at Back to Black.  

Erin O’Keefe, Matt Kleberg: Sightseeing – Albada Jelgersma

We were tricked into thinking these illusory artworks are painted, but in reality these are photographs! We were blown away by Erin’O Keefe’s cross between architecture and photography in combination with Kleberg’s portal-like paintings.

Otobong Nkanga: Lingering on the Rim – Lumen Travo Gallery 

This solo show by the Nigerian born Otobong Nkanga is a truly special one! It features various drawings of installation works and two fantastic tapestries creating narratives that dwell on memory, environment, and the post colonial history embedded in her home country.

Liv Liberg: Sister Sister – Multiple Made

For 15 years, Liv Liberg photographed her younger sister Britt in all stages of her growing into adulthood. A selection of these intimate works is on view at the gallery of Multiple Madé, a gallery that has just celebrated its first year anniversary and is already a key destination in the Amsterdam gallery circuit.

Mame-Diarra Niang & Barthélémy Toguo – Stevenson

Art Fix recommends visiting Stevenson Gallery this summer to experience the intriguing photographs by Mame-Diarra and the wood carved portraits by Barthélémy Toguo sculpted from the Zingana trees. An Art Fix Tip: step a little closer to smell the lovely scent of the wooden sculptures. 

Art Fix lunch tipCraving a savory snack? Go to Bussia for what might possibly be the most amazing focaccia you’ve ever tasted. This little culinary gem is located just around the corner of Stevenson Gallery.

Mirror Mirage – Ron Mandos

If you enjoyed our episode on Light Art, then you can’t miss this one! Ron Mandos is showing an impressive selection of top artists this summer, including: James Turrell, Ann Veronica Janssens, Iván Navarro, Brigitte Kowanz and Sarah van Sonsbeeck. 

Daniel Richter: Shellshock – Grimm

This very established German painter’s solo exhibition at Grimm in Keizersgracht is a true shock of colour and form. Featuring energetic and powerful large paintings, it is a must-see for any Richter fan. 

Ola Lanko: Insight Whisperer – Galerie Caroline O’Breen 

Are you up for taking an active approach to seeking insight? Head over to Caroline O’Breen’s gallery for a very interesting exhibition of the Ukrainian artist Ola Lanko, who you might be able to meet IRL. Keep an eye out for the huge artist book at the entrance of the gallery!

Catherine Biocca: SOBSOBSOBSOBSOB – Stigter Van Doesburg

This impressive exhibition is full of cry-babies! Italian artist Biocca shows us the phenomenon of praeficae, females who used to be hired to wail and mourn at funerals in a very modern day version. Her comprehensive exhibition features video art, audio, sculptural elements and much more!

Thijs Zweers: Out Of Element – Torch Gallery

If you’re a lover of light, don’t forget to pay a visit to Torch Gallery. Art Fix highly recommends Zweers’s beautiful neon artworks on digitally designed sceneries IRL. 

Bertien van Manen: Moonshine – Annet Gelink

Bertien van Manen’s powerful exhibition at Annet Gelink is a must for all our photography lovers. The show presents work taken by the Dutch artist over nearly three decades while traveling to different parts of the world. Our favorite part? The selection of unique vintage prints presented in the Bakery.

Sarah Ksieska: Phantoms & Folkert de Jong: Anomalies – Galerie Fons Welters 

Always inspiring to see Sarah Ksieiska silvery paintings and sail away on Folkert de Jong’s boat at Galerie Fons Welters this summer. De Jong made a limited edition called “ALIVE” in pigmented epoxy especially for Amsterdam Art week.


David Bade & Tirzo Martha: The Healers – Kers Gallery 

The two art-brothers, Bade and Martha, present energetic and powerful paintings and installations at one of Art Fix fave spots, Kers Gallery.

The Golden Coach – Amsterdam Museum

After more than five years of restoration, the Golden Coach will be on display to the public for the first time since its official use. The exhibition will include work from a number of contemporary artists on themes relating to the coach. Art Fix fav Sarah van Sonsbeeck has covered a wooden bench with gold leaf in which you can carve a message. Watch this video in which Sarah addresses the King.

Thomas Kuijpers: Volumes – The Ravestijn Gallery

Volumes is a must-see exhibition for all art lovers out there. If you’re lucky enough to meet Narda van ‘t Veer, co-founder of the gallery, ask her about the stories behind the works; she’s the best tour guide and an amazing storyteller!

Monique Roderiquez: Observe – Hama Gallery

We encourage you to check out Monique Roderiquez’ colorful geometric landscapes at the brand new gallery Hama. The sun always shines in Rodriguez’s work, with her paintings radiating a feel-good vibe. She’s très en-Vogue! 

The Miracle Garden of Elspeth Diederix

The Miracle Garden is a unique flower garden in the Erasmus Park in West Amsterdam, initiated and designed by the Amsterdam-based visual artist Elspeth Diederix. The Miracle Garden is the breeding ground for the Miracle Series: unique artworks developed from the garden. Still not convinced? There’s an array of the most spectacular flowers in bloom all year round. The Miracle Garden is free to the public during the opening hours of the Erasmus Park.

Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: A Love Revolution – Cobra Museum

Cobra Museum is showing a major exhibition of the world famous Mexican artist and one of the stars of our episode on self-portraits Frida Kahlo. Don’t miss the rare opportunity to experience Kahlo’s amazing paintings, drawings and photographs IRL.

Art Fix dinner tip: End your day with food, drinks and the best music at Corner Stone in Amsterdam North.

Tracey Emin, The more of you the more I love you installation, 2016. A neon installation on the ABN Amro bank building at Apollolaan 171 in Amsterdam.

During Art week, all Amsterdam contemporary art venues collectively open from 20 June – 27 June 10:00-18:00.