This museum is certainly worth a visit, an art object itself.
On January 17th. the Van Abbe was officially opened by the Queen of the Netherlands. On the picture the Queen and our major Mr. Welschen...(bad quality because its made with webcam from tv station)..i dont have picture yet of this renewed museum.
Architect: Abel Cahen Amsterdam.
For a virtual tour in and outside this museum go to:
The Van Abbemuseum is open until 21:00 on Thursday evenings, admission to the museum is free from 17:00 on those nights. Also the museum cafe is open until 21:00 on Thursday evenings. The Van Abbemuseum is wheelchair accessible.
Openinghrs: Tuesday till Sunday 11-17 hrs.
Adults: 9 euro
65+ : 6 euro
Students: 4 euro
Kids 12 jaar : free
Library and restaurant: free
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Guided tours every Sunday at 12.00 for free
(are available upon request)
On the website below u can read about the renovation, the openingshours and info about the current and future expos.
Guided tours are available upon request.
The Van Abbe Museum is one of the most important in Europe. There's nowhere else in the world where you'll find a city with a population of just 200,000 that has such an important museum. The Van Abbe has the ideal scale. It's small enough to be able to define your own artistic policy, but big enough to be able to buy works of art and to pay for a good staff.The Van Abbe Museum is one of the leading museums for modern and contemporary art. After a far-reaching renovation and extension in 2003, the Van Abbe responds to changes in the museum world and ever-increasing public expectations. Alongside a breakthrough exhibitions program presenting the latest developments in modern art, the museum is also showing its own internationally renowned collection, including well known masterpieces by names like Picasso, Chagall and El Lissitzky.
Yesterday I was at the Van Abbe museum in Eindhoven (NL) where Jef Geys had an exhibition. The main feature of this expo was a collage of about 200 snippings from porn magazines. In the 70s it was also exhibited, at least that was the plan. The artists question was: are the viewers shocked or not? The viewers had to sign a paper that they would not be shocked and only then would they be able to view the exhibited piece, thus answering the artists question.
Anyway, there was a lot to do about that piece back then, and the town council had the artwork removed before the exhibition openend.
Now, in 2005, the full work is finally up for viewing in the museum. I'm not disputing its artistry or not. It is obviously not to do with say technique (like a Dutch Master's painting) but more with making a statement or triggering people's reaction. That seems enough to make it art.
Het Nieuwe vanAbbemuseum
The Van Abbemuseum collection covers a period of about 100 years. In total the museum now owns roughly 2700 works of art, of which 1000 are works on paper, 700 are paintings and 1000 are sculptures, installations and video works. The collections international reputation is due to the fine quality of the individual works of art, some of which are world famous. In the strip below you can see illustrations of a number of works from the collection. They have been taken from the 100-year period covered by the collection and put in chronological order. More information about the works in the collection is to be found in the museum library.
Tuesday to Sunday 11.00-17.00 hrs.
Adults: € 8,50.
Children under 12 yrs: f.o.c.