Fall art season is underway, and new shows in Amsterdam and Rotterdam are worth the excursion.
Rome. Emperor Constantine’s Dream
Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam
October 3, 2015 - February 7, 2016
A major exhibit in one of Amsterdam’s most atmospheric venues, the Gothic Nieuwe Kerk, explores the fascinating story of Christianity’s breakthrough in imperial Rome under Emperor Constantine. Visitors enter the show through an impressive copy of the famous triumphal Arch of Constantine to encounter unique art treasures from fourth-century Rome, including Roman mosaics, frescoes, sarcophaguses, paintings—and the iconic right hand from one of the colossal statues of Constantine in the Capitoline Museums.
Keith Haring: The Political Line
September 20, 2015 - February 7, 2016
Rem Koolhaas’ stunning Kunsthal in Rotterdam hosts the travelling blockbuster exhibition devoted to American artist, activist and 1980s icon Keith Haring, who passed away some 25 years ago. Around 120 works display his distinctive and accessible style, while the under-explored political themes in his work are given due attention.
Spanish Masters from the Hermitage
The world of El Greco, Ribera, Zurbaran, Velazquez, Murillo and Goya
November 28, 2015 - May 29, 2016
More than 60 important paintings, plus other artefacts, from the greatest ages of Spanish art are on show at the Hermitage Amsterdam, the European branch of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The exhibition features masterpieces such as The Apostles Peter and Paul by El Greco, Velázquez’s Portrait of the Count Duke of Olivares, Murillo’s Immaculate Conception, and Goya’s Portrait of the Actress Antonia Zárate, while telling the story of Spanish art up to and including Picasso.
Jane Szita is on the Netherlands beat for Travel + Leisure. She lives in Amsterdam.