The Netherlands Hosts Artistic Attractions

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AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands -- Clients heading to the Netherlands this year will find a wealth of artistic diversions to occupy their time.

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 spring.

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 Museum.

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 view.

    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 Kandinsky.

    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 blues concerts.

    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.
    Holland Tourism
    Phone: (888) 2HOLLAND

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