View works from this local avant-garde art movement at a very special museum located just outside Amsterdam’s city limits.
Are you familiar with this category of art? The CoBrA Movement was a European art movement active from 1948 to 1951. The name was coined from the initials of the members’ home cities: Copenhagen (Co), Brussels (Br), Amsterdam (A).
The Cobra Museum in Amstelveen is the leading authority on the Dutch Cobra movement and has a substantial collection of Cobra art and documentary material, and exhibits Cobra artists as well as their peers, illustrating both the Cobra movement and its place in art history. The exhibitions are often combined with cultural and education activities aimed at highlighting the social and historical importance of the Cobra art movement. In addition, the museum exhibits modern art which can be placed in the Cobra tradition.
This is one of my favorite art museums in Amsterdam. The building, designed by Dutch architect Wim Quist, is stunning with its circular shaped glass atrium and views over the nearby canal. You’ll see some of the museum’s sculptures seemingly floating in the canal outside too.
The art is displayed on two floors, with sculptures outside the museum. On June 9 a new exhibition opens on the second floor called Restless Matter, a look at our relationship with things.
Past exhibits I have seen included pieces from the museum’s collection including art by Carl-Henning Pedersen and Jan Nieuwenhuijs. An exhibit upstairs featured the works of one of Cobra’s founding leaders: Constant. Pieces ranged from home decor to paintings, perhaps most intriguing were the hanging and spinning metal sculptures. Another special exhibit showed works by Eugene Brand.
The museum changes their exhibits regularly so be sure to check their website to see what is on now.
The Cobra museum is sometimes overlooked by visitors as it is not located in the city center or at Museumplein, but it is well worth the short trip there. You can reach the museum by bicycle, tram or train and there is even a parking lot next door for those who have a car. Perhaps combine a visit to the museum with a walk through Amsterdamse Bos, and maybe some goat milk ice cream from Geitenboerderij Riddammerhoeve. Sounds like a good day out to me!
Helpful hint: If you plan to visit more than three museums within the year, we recommend the Museumkaart for locals. The price of €59 is worth it as entrance to each museum is around €15-20 for adults. If you are visiting Amsterdam take a look at the iAmsterdam card which gives you free transport around the city as well as free entry to many museums and attractions in Amsterdam and Haarlem. Check here for more information and to purchase the iAmsterdam card online. Another option is the Holland Pass which grants free access to several museums and attractions, as well as discounts to others. Check here for more information on the Holland Pass.
Sandbergplein 1, Amstelveen
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