AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands -- Clients heading to the Netherlands
this year will find a wealth of artistic diversions to occupy their
Amsterdam and the Hague will stage an impressive lineup of
exhibitions and events, and art buffs heading to other areas of the
country also might take in a number of special offerings.
As part of an ongoing effort to spotlight Amsterdam's cultural
offerings, the tourist office here created two annual programs:
Amsterdam Arts Adventure, mainly showcasing performing arts during
the summer months, and Winter Adventure, featuring exhibitions at
museums that usually run from late fall through the beginning of
The Amsterdam Arts Adventure is slated to include the annual
Robeco summer concert series, featuring live performances by top
soloists and orchestras from July 1 through Aug. 31 as well as an
array of other music, opera, dance and theater performances.
More information on the events will be available via the
Internet (www.noord-holland-tourist.nl) starting in May.
On the museum front, an exhibition of the painter and etcher
Adriaen van Ostade's works will mark the official opening of the
new wing of the Rembrandt House Museum.
All 50 of the artist's prints will be on view, in addition to
works by Rembrandt, who was an influence on van Ostade. The
exhibition will run through July 19.
The Rijksmuseum will host an exhibition of van Gogh's works from
Sept. 19 to March 7, 1999, while the van Gogh Museum is being
renovated and expanded.
Another exhibition scheduled for May 30 through Aug. 30 at the
Rijksmuseum will be devoted to 16th, 17th and 18th century German
furniture. The pieces are part of the museum's collection but
normally are not available for public viewing.
As part of the Gay Games Amsterdam 1998, which will be held Aug.
1 through 8, exhibitions will be organized by three city museums:
Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art and van Gogh
Presentations will be staged in 40 of the city's other museums
and art galleries to coincide with the games.
A number of other events will take place in Amsterdam this year.
The following is a sampling of what is on the schedule.Antiques, art and books will be featured every Sunday through
Sept. 27 at the Antique Market at Nieuwmarkt.The Vondelpark Open Air Theater will stage plays and classical
and pop music concerts from June 1 to Aug. 31.A 26-day international cultural festival combining flowers and
music will include 200 concerts and events in Amsterdam and the
surrounding areas. The event, called Voices & Flowers, is
slated for Aug. 19 through Sept. 13.
The Hague, 50 minutes by train from Amsterdam, is hosting many
important exhibitions and events to coincide with the city's 750th
anniversary this year.
A program called "The Hague Dances" began in February and will
run through November at venues throughout the city.
Upcoming events include a new production by Jiri Kylian,
choreographer of the Netherlands Dance Theatre, during the month of
May, and CaDance, the leading Dutch festival for modern dance,
running from Nov. 4 through 14.
Visitors can view the work of sculptors Rodin, Calder and
Giacometti at an open-air exhibition through July 14 in the Hague's
tree-shaded Lange Voorhout Square.
The exhibition, which has traveled to Tokyo and Paris, will
provide an overview of 20th century sculpture with 49 artworks on
At the same time, an exhibition called "From Rodin to Marini"
will be showcased at the adjacent Palace Museum, and a photo
exhibition about the works of living sculptors will be on display
at the Pulchri Studio, also situated on Lange Voorhout Square.
On another front, the Hague Convention and Visitors Bureau will
issue a brochure in October that will guide visitors through five
centuries of paintings shown at Mauritshuis, Prince William V
Gallery, Bredius, Mesdag and the Municipal Museum.
The publication of the brochure will coincide with the reopening
of the Hague Municipal Museum after an ambitious renovation
project. Exhibitions to be mounted with the reopening of the
facility include a display from Russian collections by
From July 10 through 12, music lovers also can take in the
Hague's annual North Sea Jazz Festival, which spotlights
world-famous and budding musicians in live jazz, funk, soul and
Other destinations throughout Holland also will showcase their
artistic side this year. Examples include Rotterdam, which will
feature an international poetry festival from June 13 through 21,
and Arnhem, which will showcase an exhibition focusing on 100 years
of Dutch costumes from Aug. 28 through Nov. 1.
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