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


Tino Sehgal: A Year at the Stedelijk

Tino Sehgal: A Year at the Stedelijk

A major survey of the work of the German-British artist Tino Sehgal unfolds in 12 chapters and 12 different rooms in the Stedelijk Museum. Sehgal makes live artworks and each month there will be another work in another room, increasing in scale and culminating in the summer with 'situations' involving a larger number of participants. As summer turns to autumn, the works return to a smaller scale.Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam until December 31.www.stedelijk.nl  More >


Dotan

Dotan, the Dutch singer-songwriter who began his career singing in people's front rooms, has had a meteoric rise to fame with his first album, 7 Layers from 2014. The single, Home, has become a worldwide hit and the American trade paper Billboard put Dotan at number two on its list of the Next Big Sound for 2015.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, December 21.Tickets on sale: February 28.www.ziggodome.nl   More >


David Bowie

David Bowie

The David Bowie exhibition held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London last year arrives in the Netherlands. With over 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork and rare performance material from the past five decades from the David Bowie Archive, it provides a comprehensive look at the career of the man who has influenced music, art, design, theatre and contemporary culture for the past five decades.Groninger Museum, Groningen, December 12 until March 13 2016.There are as yet no details on when tickets will go on sale. Keep and eye on the website.www.groningermuseum.nl   More >


Madonna

Madonna brings her spectacular Rebel Heart tour to the Netherlands.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, December 5.Tickets on sale March 9.www.ziggodome.nl   More >


Masterpieces from the Howard Greenberg Collection

Masterpieces from the Howard Greenberg Collection

New York gallery owner Howard Greenberg has been collecting photographs for the past fifty years. Now a selection of 150 prints are being exhibited in Amsterdam, offering a broad overview of the history of 20th century Western photography. The collection features many iconic photos by famous photographers as well as masterpieces by less well-known artists. It represents a diversity of photographic genres and movements in Europe and America, with a focus on the New York School and the Czech modernism of the 1920 and 1930s.Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam until January 11.   More >


Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner

A major retrospective on the work of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), one of the 20th century's most significant and influential reformers. Steiner served as a source of inspiration for some artistic giants, including Piet Mondriaan, Wassily Kandinsky and Josef Beuys, and for contemporary artists and designers such as Olafur Eliasson and Konstantin Grcic. The exhibition presents an extensive collection of furniture, models and blackboard drawings.Kunsthal, Rotterdam until January 11 2015.   More >


Carthage

Carthage

A major exhibition about the city founded around the ninth century BC by the Phoenicians and later the third-largest city in the Roman Empire. The objects on show are on loan from Tunisian museums, the Louvre, the British Museum and other institutions. They are presented in a Mediterranean setting of the ancient port and city ruins, still found on the Tunisian coast.Among the objects on show are colourful mosaics, marble and bronze sculptures, tombs, jewels, glass artefacts and valueable treasures found in a shipwreck.National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden until May 10 2015.   More >


Confessions of the Imperfect

Confessions of the Imperfect

An exhibition looking backwards to the February Revolution of 1848 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and forward to where we go from here with the world needing a new mentality, a different perspective. It travels through modern culture and shows that art and design touch every facet of life. There is new and old work by artists such as Constant, Francesco Garcia Dory, Renzo Martens, Wendelien von Oldenborgh, Alexandra Pirici & Manuel Pelmus and Li Mu.Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven until February 22 2015.   More >


Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

The stage version of the popular 1994 film about two drag queens and a transsexual travelling across the Australian desert to perform their unique style of cabaret comes to the Netherlands with the original cast. The musical has won several awards since it opened in Sydney in 2006, including an Olivier and a Tony for best costume design.Theater Carré, Amsterdam, November 10 to 22.www.theatercarre.nl  More >


Bernard Haitink

Bernard Haitink

Bernard Haitink returns to Amsterdam with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for three concerts featuring all four of Schumann's symphonies plus three of his concertos.Symphony nr 3, and the violin concerto with soloist Isabelle Faust.November 11.The first and fourth symphonies, and the cello concerto with soloist Gautier Capuçon.November 13.Symphony nr 2, and the piano concerto with soloist Murray Perahia.November 15.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.www.concertgebouw.nl  More >


Modern Times

Modern Times

Around 400 images from the Rijksmuseum's collection of 20th century photos are on display in the newly refurbished Philip's Wing. They include rare works by the likes of Bassaii, Ed van Elsken, Lewis Hine, William Klein and Man Ray.Also included is Eadward Muybridge's famous Horse In Action from 1886, which disproved the long-held idea that a galloping horse always has one foot on the ground.There are also portraits of Hollywood stars such as Joan Crawford captured by Edward Steichen in 1931, and images of city life by photographers such as Grant W Pullis.Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam until January 11.www.rijksmuseum.nl  More >


Football

Football

The Dutch national football team plays a friendly match against the US.Arena, Amsterdam, June 5.The Netherlands versus Iceland in a European Cup qualifier.Arena, Amsterdam, September 3.The Netherlands versus the Czech Republic in a European Cup qualifier.Arena, Amsterdam, October 13.www.amsterdamarena.nl  More >


National Tattoo

National Tattoo

Military music from an international line-up of marching bands, which include the Netherlands Police Orchestra, the Band of the Polish Border Guards and the Canadian Delta Police Pipe Band. There are also bands featuring hunting horns.The emphasis this year is on the drum, both traditional and modern drumming, with special guests Cesar Zuidenwijk, drummer with the Golden Earring, and percussion group Percossa.This year's event celebrates 70 years of liberation after World War II, 200 years of the military Willems Order and 350 years of the Netherlands Marine Corp.Ahoy, Rotterdam, September 25 to 28.www.nationaletaptoe.nl     More >


U2

U2

U2 have added two dates to the Netherlands leg of their tour when they will be performing numbers from Songs of Innocence, their 13th studio album.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, September 12 and 13.www.ziggodome.nl  More >


The Oasis of Matisse

The Oasis of Matisse

Photo: Stedelijk CollectionThe biggest collection ever exhibited in the Netherlands of the work of the French painter Henri Matisse (1869-1954). In his paintings and cut-outs Matisse sought the most perfect possible union between shape and colour. He depicted Eastern nudes, colourful fabrics, carpets, potted plants and idyllic landscapes.Using its permanent collection, the Stedelijk also provides surprising combinations with the work of his contemporaries, teachers and followers, such as Monet, Van Gogh, Kirchner, Mondrian and Cézanne.At the heart of the exhibition is Matisse's most popular work: The Parakeet and the Mermaid (1952-1953).Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam until August 16.www.stedelijk.nl  More >


Cirque Éloize

Cirque Éloize

Canada's Cirque Éloize performs the show ID, a fizzing spectacle which mixes circus and urban dance to electric effect. A Chinese pole act has shades of West Side Story, contortion gets an extra edge when it meets break-dancing and a trampowall sequence is exhilarating. There's even inline skating and trial bike tricks.Theater Carré, Amsterdam, June 24 to July 19.www.carre.nl  More >


Eye-catchers

Eye-catchers

The National Archive has selected 450 photos from its collection of 15 million, ranging from classic images by master photographers such as Robert Capa and Paul Huf to intriguing shots taken by amateurs. Because the archive covers the whole history of photography, this selection provides a snapshot of modern history.National Archive, The Hague until July 12.www.gahetna.nl/blikvangers  More >


North Sea Jazz Festival

North Sea Jazz Festival

One of the world's foremost jazz festivals also features music ranging from blues to salsa with a line-up of international singers and instrumentalists. Already announced for the 2015 edition are Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.Ahoy, Rotterdam, July 10, 11 and 12.www.northseajazz.com  More >


Cor Jaring, Photographer: Amsterdam’s Magic Centre

Cor Jaring, Photographer: Amsterdam’s Magic Centre

Photographer Cor Jaring (1936-2013) recorded all the 'happenings' which took place in Amsterdam between 1965 and 1975. He felt at home among the motley collection of rebellious spirits who roused the sleepy Netherlands and spread an atmosphere of cheerful confusion. News of the Provo movement, founded in May 1965, spread around the world thanks to Jaring’s images.This exhibition includes a wide selection of his photographs recording the emerging youth culture in pop temple Paradiso and the Vondelpark, and of events such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 'bed in' at Amsterdam’s Hilton Hotel.City Archive, Amsterdam until July 12.www.stadsarchief.amsterdam.nl  More >


Tour de France: Grand Départ

Tour de France: Grand Départ

The 2015 edition of the Tour de France cycling race begins in Utrecht when the riders arrive in the city on July 2 and are presented in the Lepelburg park. On July 4 there are individual time trials. July 5 sees the seconed stage of the race from Utrecht to Neeltje Jans in Zeeland via Rotterdam.Full details of the route are on the website.Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, July 1 to 5.www.routetourdefrance.nl  More >


Henri de Fromantiou: Royal Illusions

Henri de Fromantiou: Royal Illusions

The first retrospective of the work of the 17th century artist Henri de Fromantiou with a wide selection of his paintings.De Fromantiou was born in Maastricht and enjoyed his heyday as the court painter in Potsdam. The exhibition highlights not only his oeuvre, but also his position as court painter, art dealer and restorer in the service of Frederik Willem I, Elector of Brandenburg. De Fromantiou's paintings portray a royal world in prestigious still lifes of game and luxury products like flowers and fruit.Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht until June 28.www.bonnefanten.nl  More >


Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond sings old favourites such as Red, Red Wine and Sweet Caroline as well as more recent songs.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, June 25 and 27.www.ziggodome.nl  More >


Titanic with live music

Titanic with live music

James Cameron's film Titanic, which won 11 Oscars, is shown on a huge screen while the Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders plays James Horner's music live. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet sail into the sunset to the strains of My Heart Will Go On, before fate overtakes them.Ahoy, Rotterdam, June 23.www.ahoy.nl  More >


Oerol Festival

Oerol Festival

This annual festival takes over the island of Terschelling and presents theatre in its widest meaning, outdoors in its woods and fields and on its sand dunes and golden beaches, and indoors in its barns and cafés. It also includes dance, visual art and music. All the performances are created specially or adapted to the location.Terschelling, June 12 to 21.www.oerol.nl  More >


Anton Corbijn: Hollands Deep and 1-2-3-4

Anton Corbijn: Hollands Deep and 1-2-3-4

Photo: Clint Eastwood by Anton CorbijnTo mark the sixtieth birthday of photographer Anton Corbijn, the Gemeentemuseum and the Hague Museum of Photography are paying homage to this leading portrait photographer in two major exhibitions held in the two different locations.In Hollands Deep, the Gemeentemuseum will show how Corbijn has evolved over the last forty years from an ordinary music fan into a successful photographer and multifaceted creative artist. The concurrent show, 1-2-3-4 at the next door Museum of Photography, will feature photographs of bands and musicians with whom Corbijn had or still has lasting associations and in which the relationship between the photographer and the music world is at centre stage.Gemeentemuseum and Museum of Photography, The Hague until June 21.www.gemeentemuseum.nl www.fotomuseumdenhaag.nl   More >


Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race, the round the world yacht race which began on October 4 2014, makes a 24-hour pit-stop in The Hague before departing for the final stage to Göteborg for the finish on June 27.For the first time in its history, this 12th edition of the race, which has nine stages, sees all seven competing teams sailing in the same class of boat: the Volvo Ocean 65.Derde Haven, The Hague, June 19 and 20.www.volvooceanrace.com/en/ports/38_The-Hague.html  More >


PinkPop

PinkPop

The annual outdoor pop festival presents a line-up of international artists on several stages. This year's acts include Elbow, Robbie Williams, Anouk, Foo Fighters, Pharrell Williams and Sam Smith.Landgraf, Heerlen, June 12, 13 and 14.www.pinkpop.nl  More >


The Watercolour

The Watercolour

A double exhibition showing the development of watercolour painting in the 19th century.Tylers Museum is showing a selection from its large collection of 19th century watercolourists, together with loans from other Dutch collections. These include works by Mauve, Weissenbruch, Israëls and Breitner.The Mesdag Collection has an exhibition about Henrik Willem Mesdag, who not only painted watercolours but also collected and promoted them by other artists.Teylers Museum, Haarlem and Mesdag Collection, The Hague until June 7.www.teylersmuseum.nl www.demesdagcollectie.nl  More >


Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

The complete original line-up is back together for On With The Show, which is their final tour. Expect songs from their best-selling album Rumours and more.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, May 31 and June 1.www.ziggodome.nl  More >


National Opera

Hector Berlioz's opera Benvenuto Cellini is directed by film-maker Terry Gilliam and conducted by Sir Mark Elder. Berlioz's first opera was inspired by the memoirs of the 16th century Florentine sculptor Cellini as he casts his statue of Perseus, commissioned for Pope Clemens VII. The opera is rarely performed because of its technical difficulty. John Osborn takes on the title role, with Laurent Naouri as his rival Fieramosca. The Rotterdam Philharmonic is joined by the National Opera choir.It is performed in French with Dutch and English surtitles.Muziektheater, Amsterdam, May 9, 12, 15, 18, 25 (matinee), 28 and 31 (matinee).www.operaballet.nl   More >


Isaac Julien: Riot

The films of Isaac Julien (London, 1960) are a blend of fact and fiction, aesthetics and critical reflection. Over the past few years, an architectural arrangement of the projection screens has become a striking factor as well. His recent film installation Playtime is a spectacular example of this development and comprises the core of the exhibition. Along with this work, eight films shown in 'single-screen' versions provide a broad view of Julien's oeuvre, spanning the past thirty years. Large photographic works that came about in connection with the films, but which function as independent works of art, complete the exhibition.De Pont, Tilburg until May 31.www.depont.nl  More >


Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

The American singer-songwriter Ariana Grande, who shot to fame in the tv show Victorious, is on her first world tour promoting her second studio album, My Everything. The album has already provided three top hits: Problem, featuring Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, Break Free and Love Me Harder.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, May 29.www.ziggodome.nl  More >


How We Work

Following the international success of the first wave of Dutch Design, a younger generation of designers from the Netherlands shows the new directions it is taking. Guest curator Tatjana Quax (Studio Aandacht) and the museum have selected one object by each of fourteen very diverse designers to show the process of how and why it was made.Stedelijk Museum, Den Bosch until May 26.www.sm-s.nl  More >


Pleasure and Piety: The Art of Joachim Wtewael

Pleasure & Piety is the first-ever large monographic exhibition on the Utrecht painter Joachim Wtewael (1566-1638). Wtewael is a sublime colourist and fabulous storyteller. His works on copper are exquisitely painted gems. His biblical depictions are strikingly sensitive, while his mythological works are witty and good-humoured, with gods and goddesses at play or at war.His portrayals of Mars and Venus are so risqué that some were censured or hidden from view - behind another painting, on a collector’s bookshelf or in a museum depot.A selection of his best works has been brought together for this exhibition. Approximately forty paintings and ten drawings from European and American museum and private collections offer a unique demonstration of his mastery.Centraal Museum, Utrecht until May 25.www.centraalmuseum.nl  More >


Greg Shapiro

In his show How To Be Orange Greg Shapiro shared the hilarious truth of becoming a Dutch citizen. Now he finds himself integrating further, into something truly strange: Friesland. In How To Be Frisian, he discovers that the Frisians are loud, proud and fiercely independent. He tackles such subjects as Fierjlappen (pole vaulting across canals), Aaisykje (hunting for eggs) and Reerijden (skating in circles for hours. And he covers subjects ranging from the Dairy Campus to the Circular Economy.Boom Chicago, Amsterdam, March 31; Schouwburg, Zwolle, April 21; De Harmonie, Leeuwarden, May 21.www.howtobefrisian.nl  More >


Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is joined by the Netherlands Chamber Choir under the baton of Richard Egarr for two performances of Bach's John Passion. Among the soloists are Andrew Foster-Williams, Carolyn Sampson and Christopher Purves.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, March 27 and 29 (matinee).Leonidas Kavakos is the soloist for Shostakovich's violin concerto nr 1. Also on the programme are extracts from three of Wagner's operas. The conductor is Valery Gergiev.De Doelen, Rotterdam, April 4.Mozart's piano concerto nr 9 (Jeunehomme) with soloist Kristian Bezuidenhout. There is also ballet music from Idomeneo by Mozart and Schubert's symphony nr 1. The conductor is Jan Willem de Vriend.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, May 13, 15, 17 (matinee) and 21.www.concertgebouworkest.nl   More >


The Stedelijk Museum In The Second World War

The Stedelijk Museum In The Second World War

The Stedelijk is taking a look at its activities during World War Two, including works of art acquired between 1933 and 1945 which may have to be returned to the heirs of the owners. Sixteen 'dubious' paintings are on display, including works by Kandinsky and Matisse. In addition, there are documents, posters and photographs from the period.Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam until May 21.www.stedelijk.nl   More >


La La La Human Steps

Museum Boijmans' spring exhibition features one hundred works of art from the museum's own collection and ranging from huge installations to small paintings. They all deal with la condition humaine and include works by Mike Kelley, Cindy Sherman, Hans Bellmer, Bruce Nauman and Pipilotti Rist.There is also contemporary dance in the form of Gesina Moog and Jac Carlsson performing a piece by Edouard Lock of La La La Human Steps (March 29) and a performance by House of Makers' Sterre van Rossem, Peter Leung and Matthew Pawlicki (May 17).Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam until May 17.www.boijmans.nl  More >


Rembrandt’s Late Pupils – Studying Under A Genius

A companion exhibition to Late Rembrandt at the Rijksmuseum, this is devoted to the pupils Rembrandt trained during the final stage of his career, from around 1650 until his death in 1669. The relationship between pupils and teacher emerges from around 90 paintings, drawings and prints by Nicolaes Maes, Willem Drost, Abraham van Dijck, Jacobus Leveck, Heyman Dullaert, Arent de Gelder and others. Their work is shown alongside that of Rembrandt.Rembrandt House, Amsterdam until May 17.www.rembrandthuis.nl  More >


Late Rembrandt

The biggest exhibition of work by Rembrandt (1606-1669) in the Netherlands since 1969 concentrates on his later paintings, drawings and etchings, with loans coming from museums and private collections across the globe. The works made in the last phase of his life show a more experimental technique and more emotion.Among the works on show is the painting Family Portrait which has not left its home at the Kunstmuseum des Landes Neidersachsen in the German Braunschweig for seventy years. It is the only family portrait known to have been painted by Rembrandt.Also in the exhibition is the Claudius Civilis, which once hung beside The Night Watch in Amsterdam's city hall - the present Royal Palace on the Dam. This painting is now in the collection of the National Museum in Stockholm.Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam until May 17.www.rijksmuseum.nl  More >