Every year we face the same question: How to combat the lull of February? With the New Year’s excitement gone and Spring still a couple of months away, it can be a slow and challenging month. Fortunately, Amsterdam’s cultural calendar is always teeming with thought-provoking exhibitions, vitalising concerts and special ways to discover the city. As a bonus, all of our February recommendations below double as fabulous, out-of-the-box date ideas for Valentine’s Day. Be sure to mark your calendars accordingly to give your loved one an experience they will treasure forever.
“Chagall, Picasso, Mondrian and others” at the Stedelijk Museum
Every new year begins with the questioning of identity. Who am I? What do I stand for? In that spirit, the exhibition “Chagall, Picasso, Mondrian and others: Migrants in Paris” at the Stedelijk Museum for contemporary art, tells the story of otherness and finding one’s way. The exhibition curates more than 50 collection pieces by famous artists who moved to Paris at the beginning of the 20th century in order to take the art world by storm. Follow master artists like Picasso, Rivera, Chagall and Kandinsky on their journey from relative anonymity to becoming the toast of the Parisian artworld. If you’re looking for personal or professional inspiration this year, then this exhibition cannot be missed.
Valentine Classics at the Movies at the Concertgebouw
If you are tired of being accused of less than stellar date ideas, why don’t you take your sweetheart to the “Valentine Classics at the Movies” concert at the Concertgebouw? On Friday February 14, let Harry Piekema and the WDR Funkhausorchester transport you musically to the set of your very own romantic comedy. Enjoy classics by Puccini, Beethoven, and Bizet in the very building where Mahler and Strauss conducted their own compositions. A classical Valentine’s Day concert is the absolute height of romance, so book your tickets now.
Outside Fashion at Huis Marseille
Treat your eyes and mind to something beautiful at Huis Marseille. For the first time in history, archive material from Palais Galliera, the fashion museum of Paris, is being presented to the public in the exhibition “Outside Fashion”, in order to illustrate how much fashion photography has changed from 1900 to 1969. Feast your eyes upon never seen before photographs and magazine excerpts featuring stylish women and classic beauties in smart clothing. It’s an absolute must-see for fashion and photography lovers.
What a Genderful World at the Tropenmuseum
Love is not the only hot topic in February. “What a Genderful World” at the Tropenmuseum in the east of Amsterdam explores the popular topic of gender and gender identity. Discover the expression and experience of gender from all around the world through photographs, fashion, art and personal stories. Learn why police officers in Fiji wear skirts or why “he” and “she” do not exist in the Turkish language. With colourful, interactive and captivating exhibition spaces that are both educational and entertaining, this exhibition is the Tropenmuseum at its finest.