by - March 23, 2015

If you didn't know, I absolutely love museums and exhibitions and whatnot. Here in the Netherlands we have some absolutely top notch museums who present the most variating exhibitions. Unfortunately this means that there's a lot to choose from. I say unfortunately because time, man, there ain't not enough! So to get a little bit on track of what's to do and what's to see where (and when, naturally), I thought it to be handy to make myself a short list of some exhibitions that've caught my eyes these past days. And my oh my, they are absolutely spoiling us!


Jean Desmet's Dream Factory: The adventurous years of film (1907-1916)
13 December 2014 - 12 April 2015

Jean Desmet (1875-1956) is one of the first cinema operators and film distributors in the Netherlands. He opened one of the first permanent cinema in Amsterdam called Parisien. Desmet bought his films abroad. His final collection would consist of more than 900 films. In this exhibition socalled pearls of his collection will be shown on different screens. In addition there are feature films, advertising films, newsreels etc., posters, publicity material and a selection of other available documents on dispay and will be used as an example for the adventurous years of film.

The Wardrobe of Mrs. Brusse
30 January 2015 - 31 May 2015

In 1986 and 1997 donates Mrs. Germaine Adeline Brusse-Urtebise (1903-1997) her wardrobe to the Rijksmuseum. Her closet exists, among others, out of pieces by Lanvin, Balenciaga and Chanel, and gives an unique insight into the wardrobe of a fashionable lady from a well-off environment mid-twentieth century. The arrangement can be seen in the 'special collections' section of the museum where the key-pieces of the wardrobe are on show (including not only clothes but also shoes, hats, lingerie and furniture).

Happy Birthday Chanel: 60 years the 2.55
1 February 2015 - 3 May 2015

Tassenmuseum Hendrikje is the biggest bag museum in the world. The devolopment of the bag is shown from the Middle Ages to present day. In between all of this is the story of Chanel. I guess everyone by now is familiar with the woman and especially the brand Chanel. This year the "real" Chanel bag, the 2:55, has turned 60 years young. In honour of it the museum has made an exhibition showing the history of this bag and the many ways it comes in. 

Late Rembrandt 
12 February 2015 - 17 May 2015

Late Rembrandt is about, as you might've deducted, the later works by Rembrandt van Rijn. Within the exhibition there are more than 100 paintings, drawings and imprints made in the last years of the masters' excistence.

"Rembrandt's later life was marked by tragic personal losses and financial setbacks. Yet he produced his best work. He experimented with colour and light and managed to bring an unprecedented emotional depth in his work. It led to his most daring and intimate work."

Chiaroscuro in photography
12 February 2015 - 17 May 2015

Together with Late Rembrandt the Rijksmuseum has made an exhibition about the earliest photographers from their collection.

"The exhibition shows that light, shadow and lighting – as in the work of Rembrandt – play the leading role in photography."

Alexander, Napoleon & Joséphine: a Story of Friendship, War and Art from the Hermitage
28 March 2015 – 8 November 2015

This year it'll be 200 years ago after the battle of Waterloo. The Hermitage has decided to bring us to the period previous to this (in)famous battle with help of Napoleon Bonaparte. As the title might suggest, the exhibition will take a closer look at the relationship between him, the love of his life Joséphine and his frenemy Tsar Alexander I. This story about love and hate will be told with help from over the 200 paintings, sculptures, personal possesions, dresses and uniforms, applied arts and weapons.


Wonder World: Remarkable early 20th century picture postcards
14 March 2015 - 7 June 2015

With over 500 postcards, film and photo material, the exhibition Wonder World presents an exhibition about the largely forgotten history of the postcard. The exhibition will look back at the end of the nineteenth century with glamorous divas in a world of surreal fantasies and mysterious dreams, in which theatre and irony are held high.


10 October 2014 - 25 May 2015

Geisha is a world renowned (style) icon. Within the exhibition the history and life of a Geisha will be displayed. It answers such questions as: What does the daily lif of a Geisha looks like? Is it a profession or vocation? This exhibition gives you time to marvel at the mysterious lady companion as a cultural icon and lets you get familiar with the woman behind the mask.

Silk Splendour
March 6 2015 - 31 May 2015

In the exhibition Silk Splendour it's all about the kimono. Within the exhibition there'll be 16 kimonos on display made by master weaver Itchiku Kubota (1917-2003).

"Extensive dyeing procedures, 300 colours and 12 months of needlework are required to make one perfect Kubota kimono.  Each kimono is an explosion of colours, decorated with embroidery, with patterns in East Indian ink and embellished with gold leaf and silver after the 16th century traditional Tsujigahana technique." 


Sisi: Fairytale & Reality
10 April 2015 - 27 September 2015

Sisi! The exhibition will show the confrontation between the fairytale image -created by the famous movies- and reality of the life of the famous empress Elisabeth (1837 - 1898). During her lifetime she's battled with depression, intrigues, obsessions and death. On the basis of film clips, photographs, paintings and personal belongings is Sisi's childhood, her life as empress at the Viennese court, her coronation as queen of Hungary, the obsession with her appearance and mythmaking illustrated around her person.

Have you seen an exhibition you'd recommend? Please comment below! I'm always on the look out for some dream destinations... ;)


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