Opera, classical music, jazz, theatre, exhibitions and festivals throughout the Netherlands – specially chosen for an international audience


Karel Appel: A Retrospective

Karel Appel: A Retrospective

Karel Appel (1921-2006) is perhaps the most renowned Dutch artist of the latter half of the twentieth century. This major retrospective marks the tenth anniversary of his death. The 67 paintings, 12 sculptures and more than 60 drawings in the exhibition demonstrate that Karel Appel was more than just a member of the Cobra movement. The show also revisits Appel’s early interest in Outsider Art, his wide-ranging stylistic experiments, and his highly individual – sometimes almost abstract – interpretation of traditional genres like the nude, the portrait and the urban or rural landscape. This exhibition is a pivotal part of a wider international reappraisal of Karel Appel’s work, which will also include exhibitions in Paris, London and Washington. Gemeentemuseum, The Hague until May 16. www.gemeentemuseum.nl      More >


Royal Photos

Royal Photos

A selection of the photos taken by Vincent Mentzel (1945), formerly in-house photographer of national newspaper NRC. Mentzel photographed the royal family for over thirty years at official functions and during state visits, but also during less formal occasions. The photos date from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s when access to the royal family was much looser than it is now. Mentzel took a walk with Prince Claus during a visit to Pakistan. In China he went shopping with Princess Juliana's best friend. Such access is unthinkable these days. Paleis Het Loo, Apeldoorn until August 21. www.paleishetloo.nl    More >


Fra Bartolommeo, the Divine Renaissance

Fra Bartolommeo, the Divine Renaissance

The museum has the largest collection of drawings by 15th century artist Fra Bartolommeo who, with Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael and Michelangelo, was one of the main representatives of the High Renaissance. A hundred of these drawings will be on show, together with a number of important paintings among which two altar pieces that have never been seen outside of Italy.  www.boijmans.nl October 15 – January 15  More >


Catharine the Great: Self-Polished Diamond of the Hermitage

Catharine the Great: Self-Polished Diamond of the Hermitage

Two hundred and fifty years after Catherine the Great founded the Hermitage in Russia, the Hermitage Amsterdam presents her life story in a sumptuous exhibition containing over 300 objects. At the age of fourteen, the German princess Catherine (1729–1796) was married off to the Russian tsar. She later overthrew her husband, Peter III, and claimed the throne for herself. Catherine would become the greatest tsarina of all time. She had ambitious plans to reform the whole empire and acted with great foresight. Although she encountered setbacks, her achievements were astounding. Catherine had a tremendous passion for art and contributed more than anyone else to the world’s greatest art collection. She was an enlightened despot, corresponding with Voltaire and Diderot. She added a new territory to her empire as large as France, and including the Crimea. And in all her endeavours, she had a sharp eye for talented people who could help her, such as the Orlov brothers and her most influential lover, Potemkin. She was a diamond of her own making. Hermitage, Amsterdam, June 15 until January 15 2017. www.hermitage.nl    More >


From Rodin to Bourgeois: sculpture in the 20th century

From Rodin to Bourgeois: sculpture in the 20th century

Highlights from 20th European and American century sculpture from 1876 to 1965, with works from Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Hans Arp, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti, Julio González, Henry Moore, Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth, Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Jean Tinguely, Louise Bourgeois  and many others.  www.gemeentemuseum.nl  October 15 to January 21  More >


Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar

Italian producer and director Massimo Piparo created this stage version of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical in 2014 to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the film version. It was such a success at its original venue of the Teatro Sistina in Rome that it is now on tour. The 50-strong cast is headed by the American singer Ted Neeley who played the role of Jesus in Norman Jewison's film version some 40 years ago and can still reach the top notes of this rock score. Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, December 14 to 17; World Forum, The Hague, December 20 to January 8; Martini Plaza, Groningen, January 18 to 22. Tickets: www.eventim.nl    More >


ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament

ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament

Top international players will compete in the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament. No names have yet been announced, but it seems likely that 2016 surprise winner Martin Klizan will return. The tournament also offers special entertainment on Ladies' Day, Kids' Day and Family Day. Ahoy, Rotterdam, February 13 to19. www.abnamrowtt.nl  More >


Picasso by the sea

Picasso by the sea

Ceramics and sculptures by Picasso from the time the artist lived and worked on the French Rivièra. At this time Picasso’s love for sculpture and ceramics was rekindled resulting in a particularly creative period. From 1947 –when he came to his chateau by the sea -until his death Picasso produced some 4,000 sculptures and ceramic works, many featuring familiar themes from his native Spain, such as the bullring. www.beeldenaanzee.nl October 13 - March 5 2017  More >


Skating

Skating

The Netherlands plays host to the ISU World Cup short-track skating competition in 2017, following the growing popularity of the sport and the achievements of Sjinkie Knegt and Jorien ter Mors. Ahoy, Rotterdam, March 10 to 12 2017. www.ahoy.nl    More >


Hubert de Givenchy: to Audrey with love

Hubert de Givenchy: to Audrey with love

A retrospective of the designs of French couturier Givenchy, chosen by the man himself, this exhibition puts the spotlight on his friendship with muse Audrey Hepburn who wore many of his creations, both on and off screen. The exhibition spans almost half a century, from the opening of the house of Givenchy  in 1952 until 1995 when the designer stepped down. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag  November 26 to March 26  More >


Apassionata

Apassionata

Cinema of Dreams is the title of the latest show featuring fifty horses, among them Arabs, Lusitanos, Shetland ponies and Shires. They are surrounded by people, music, dance, stunts and lighting effects. Apparently it's about two friends who get caught up in the opening of a new cinema, but it's really about the spectacle. Ahoy, Rotterdam, April 8 and 9. www.apassionata.com  More >