A Russian Taste for French Art: Gauguin, Bonnard, Denis
The work of the French artists Pierre Bonnard and Maurice Denis, part of Les Nabis group for a while, and Paul Gauguin was popular among Russian collectors in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Their work focuses on colour, emotion and symbolism.
Many of these paintings are exhibited alongside works by their French predecessors, contemporaries and immediate successors, and also includes a small selection of sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Auguste Malliol and Paul Auguste Bartholemé.
In 1908, Denis was asked by the wealthy Russian collector Ivan Morozov to decorate the concert hall in his mansion. The exhibition includes a reconstruction of this interior, with seven paintings and six decorative panels.
Hermitage, Amsterdam until February 28.
The Italian-French pianist may be 86-years-old but he still plays like an energetic young man. On the bill are works by Brahms, Grieg, Borodin and Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, December 8.
Amsterdam Light Festival
International artists light up Amsterdam in surprising ways during the festive season. Among them are Tamar Frank's perfect circle of light under one of the bridges, the kinetic light sculpture by Hagar Elazari and Liat Segal and French studio TILT's silvery flower with coloured beams of light spreading from its centre.
There are walking and boat trips along the routes of these creations on the website.
Amsterdam, December 6 to January 19.
Frontman Pete Doherty and his band have recently released the new album Sequel to the Prequel and are on tour promoting it.
Paradiso, Amsterdam, January 15.
Benefit for the Jazz Archive
The Dutch Jazz Archive has lost its subsidy and is struggling to survive. So top jazz musicians are getting together to raise some money. Among those performing are the Instant Composers Pool Orchestra, drummers Han Bennink, John Engels and Joost Patocka who will aim to demonstrate which of them is Master of the Brushes, and a duo composed of guitarist Anton Goudsmit and pianist Harmen Fraanje. There is also a tribute to jazz singer Rita Reys, who died recently.
Bimhuis, Amsterdam, December 15.
The great French singer-songwriter will perform in Amsterdam for the first time since 2002. Now 89 years old, Aznavour's career has lasted 60 years during which he made over 100 albums and wrote 1200 songs.
The first concert on December 14 is sold out and a second date has been added.
Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, December 15.
In The New Houdini, one of the world's greatest illusionists presents a new version of his spectacular show which includes several of Houdini's old tricks. Klok has added new illusions, in many of which he makes girls disappear and reappear at lightning speed. One of the highlights is Klok 'flying' across the stage on invisible strings and through a hoop.
RAI Theater Carré, December 20 to 22.
Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde
A major exhibition of the work of Kazimir Malevich (1879-1935) with over 500 works forming a tribute to the Russian avant-garde of the early 20th century and placing Malevich in the context of his contemporaries.
Although best known for his purely abstract work, Malevich was inspired by diverse art movements of his day, including Impressionism, Symbolism, Fauvism, and Cubism. His own visual language was also influenced by Russian icon painting and folk art.
Through oil paintings, gouaches, drawings, and sculptures the exhibition traces the rich variety of his oeuvre. All the phases in Malevich’s career are on view, from his Impressionist period to his iconic Suprematist phase - his Black Square was its most radical consequence - to the lesser-known figurative works that followed.
Other artists whose work is on show include Chagall, Kandinsky, El Lissitzky and Rodchenko.
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam until February 2 2014.
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Eugene O'Neill's ultimate family tragedy is performed in Dutch with English surtitles. It is stars Roeland Fernhout, Marieke Heebink, Ramsey Nasr and Gijs Scholten van Aschat. The director is Ivo van Hove.
Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, December 12.
The Italian-born artist Lorenzo Vitturi collects the left-over fruit and vegetables from the Ridley Road Market in Hackney, London, which is close to his studio, and makes sculptures and collages of them which he then photographs. He also photographs the market stall holders and their customers.
Foam, Amsterdam until December 11.
The American comedian and self-styled 'patron saint of outsiders' brings her Mother show to the Netherlands. She aims to celebrate non-conformism with what could be described as 'slow comedy', full of pauses and lots of face-pulling. Check her out on youtube.
Comedy Theater, Amsterdam, December 13.
Frontman Adam Levine was recently voted Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. Check him out with the rest of this pop rock band when they perform numbers from their new album, Overexposed.
Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, January 20.
Masters of Lxry
The fair for the very wealthy with top-of-the-range products ranging from houses, cars and boats to furs, shoes and jewellery.
RAI, Amsterdam, December 12 to 16.
The Canadian singer-songwriter croons his way through numbers from his latest album, To Be Loved, which went straight to the top of the Billboard 200 chart when it was released last April.
Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, January 19.
Ming: Emperors, Artists and Merchants in Ancient China
The story of China's Ming Dynasty ((1368-1644) told through an exclusive collection of original Ming artefacts from the Nanjing Museum, complemented by classic Delftware from the Gemeente Museum in The Hague and a series of exotic drawings from the private collection of Ferdinand Bertholet.
Among the exhibits are luxury items made exclusively for the Imperial Court, such as rare and precious yellow and green porcelain, and portraits, paintings on silk and grave goods offering glimpses of ordinary lives in the Ming period. Also on display are numerous examples of calligraphy and characteristic blue-and-white porcelain, formerly owned by wealthy Dutch burghers.
Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam until February 2 2014.
The National Ballet dances Peter Wright's dazzling version of The Sleeping Beauty with its sweeping music by Tchaikovsky. The rich sets and costumes are by Philip Prowse.
Muziektheater, Amsterdam, December 12, 14, 15 (matinee), 16, 18, 19, 21, 22 (matinee), 24 (matinee), 25 (matinee), 27, 28 and 30 (matinee).
Violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky is the soloist for Lalo's Symphony Español. Also on the programme are Mendelssohn's overture Ruy Blas and his third symphony, the Scottish. The conductor is Christoph Poppen.
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, December 7 and 8 (matinee).
A festive concert for the Christmas season with a surprise programme which includes some ballet and opera music, waltzes and polkas. The soloist is the young English soprano Elizabeth Watts. The conductor is Clemens Schuldt.
De Vest, Alkmaar, December 20; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, December 21; Philharmonie, Haarlem, December 22.
The young Rotterdam jazz vocalist with the sultry tones combines the best rhythms and sounds from Europe and Africa in her music. She sings numbers from her new album, At The Back Of Beyond, which was partly financed by crowd funding.
North Sea Jazz Club, Amsterdam, December 21.
Orange Tea Theatre Company
The company specialises in the performance of modern plays in the English language and runs a season of staged readings each season.
Waterstones, Amsterdam, December 10.
Paulina Olowska: Au Bonheur des Dames
Paintings, collages and neon works by Polish artist Paulina Olowska (1976). Also included are the series Cafe Bar (2011) and Accidental Collages (2004). The latter, recently acquired by the Stedelijk Museum, features combined photos of Olowska and her friends with historical visual material, such as artworks, architecture and fashion.
Olowska invited Amsterdam artist Mick la Rock to create a work of graffiti as a backdrop to her installation.
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam until January 27 2014.
The French intellectual and historian Pierre Rosanvallon is an expert on the history of democracy, the role of the state and the question of social justice in contemporary societies.
He talks about the demise of the idea of equality in these economically difficult times and the growth of distrust in politics, and puts forward ideas on how to break through social fragmentation in an age of individualism.
De Rode Hoed, Amsterdam, December 9.
Ramón Valle & Orlando 'Maraca' Valle
The cousins Ramón Valle and Orlando Valle from Cuba, both with long and successful careers, finally perform together. Ramón is famous for his virtuoso and expressive piano playing; Orlando is one of the most well-known flautists in the Latin jazz scene.
North Sea Jazz Club, Amsterdam, December 8.
Rembrandt's portrait of his first wife, Saskia van Uylenburgh, is on loan from Washington's National Gallery of Art. The portrait, which has recently been restored, has never been shown at a Dutch museum before.
Rembrandt probably began painting the portrait in 1634/1635, shortly after he and Saskia were married, and only completed it some years later, around 1640. It was last shown in Europe in 1894, in Paris.
Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam until August 2015.
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, performances of his Les Illuminations with the tenor Ian Bostridge. Also on the programme: Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances and Debussy's Six épigraphes antiques. The conductor is Andris Nelsons.
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, December 12, 13 and 14.
Menahem Pressler is the soloist for Mozart's piano concerto nr 27. Also on the programme: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's symphony in G and Mozart's symphony nr 36, the Linz.
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, December 18, 19 and 22 (matinee).
For the Christmas matinee, Andris Nelsons conducts works by Wagner and Strauss.
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, December 25 (matinee).
The orchestra revives an old tradition which lasted from 1922 until 1978. It is performing all Beethoven's symphonies. These are the final two concerts. The conductor is Iván Fischer.
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, January 9 (6th and 7th) and February 20 (8th and 9th).
Schoenberg and Kandinsky: Artistic Revolutionaries
Arnold Schoenberg was a multifaceted artist. He taught himself violin at the age of nine and went on to become one of the most influential composers of the twentieth century. He was also a self-taught draughtsman and designer and, influenced by his friendship with the artist Richard Gerstl, created an extensive body of visual art that deserves to be better known.
This exhibition brings together a large number of artworks and objects by Schoenberg that have never previously been seen in the Netherlands. They give an impression of the artist, his time and his contemporaries, and are displayed with works by his friends Kandinsky and Egon Schiele.
Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam until March 16 2014.
Jumping Indoor Groningen is an international show jumping and dressage competition for both horses and ponies.
Eurohal, Zuidbroek, December 20 to January 4.
Jumping Amsterdam is the event of the year for equestrians, with international riders taking part in jumping, dressage and carriage driving competitions. There are also demonstrations, and Sunday morning gives the children the chance to show their spurs.
Sons of Kemet
An unusual line-up from a quartet which sums up everything that makes contemporary UK jazz so exciting. Band leader Shabaka Hutchings plays saxophone and clarinet, with Oren Marshall on tuba and the two drummers Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford. Together they play a danceable mix of jazz, parade music from New Orleans and Arabian scales.
Bimhuis, Amsterdam, December 12.
À fair for people who are not interested in mass tourism but want something more exclusive where money is no object. The travel agents on hand with information offer new destinations and new possibilities. From trips to the Arctic and Antarctica, to safaris and monastical retreats.
Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, January 4 and 5; MECC, Maastricht, January 11 and 12.
The Amsterdam Swim Cup is a qualifying tournament for the European Long Course Championships being held in Berlin in August 2014. It attracts top international swimmers as well as national heroes such as Ranomi Kromowidjojo who won multiple gold medals during the Olympics in London.
Sloterparkbad, Amsterdam, December 7 and 8.
The Future of Intellectual Property
Can you own an idea? Does the concept of intellectual property slow down innovation? And how does this affect the future of publishing? These are just some of the questions being debated by James Boyle, Professor of Law and co-founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School and columnist for the Financial Times, and Paul Goldstein, Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and a globally recognized expert on intellectual property law.
People's Place, Amsterdam, December 8.
The Rediscovery of the World
The newly enlarged and refurbished photography museum Huis Marseille reopens with an exhibition that questions the role of photography in this digital world full of images. The Dutch photographers represented are all giving renewed emphasis on purely photographic aspects such as disclosure, light and colour. Among them are Juul Kraijer, Eddo Hartmann and Hellen van Meene.
Huis Marseille, Amsterdam until December 8.
Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition
Over a century ago, the brand new passenger ship Titanic set sail for New York. But, not long into her maiden voyage, she collided with an iceberg and sank to the bottom of the ocean. Of the 2,228 passengers on board, only 703 survived the disaster. For over 73 years, the Titanic lay at a depth of four kilometres under the ocean, until her final resting place was discovered by a French-American expedition.
Since then, thousands of objects have been brought back to the surface, allowing a glimpse into life on this luxury liner.
This exhibition includes some of those artefacts, such as personal property and one of the ship's safes, together with reconstructions of some of the onboard, including a first class cabin.
Amsterdam Expo, Amsterdam until May 11 2014.
Van Gogh At Work - with newly discovered painting
The Van Gogh Museum reopens following renovation work with an exhibition that brings together many of the artist's outstanding works to mark the conclusion of eight years' research into his methods and the 160th anniversary of his birth.
The exhibition includes the newly discovered Sunset at Montmajour, painted in 1888, which is on loan to the museum for a year. The painting was made during Van Gogh's period in Arles in the south of France when he also painted famous works such as Sunflowers, The Yellow House and The Bedroom.
Over 200 paintings, works on paper, sketchbooks and letters, together with 19th century painting materials and artists' manuals, offer an insight into the creation process behind Van Gogh's paintings and drawings.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam until January 12 2014.
The singer-songwriter and musician takes to the stage for a performance that will include songs from his latest album, Born To Sing: No Plan B.
Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, December 10.
The founding member of The Black Eyed Peas, record producer and solo artist performs tracks from his latest album, #willpower, which was released to mixed reviews earlier this year.
Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, December 8.
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