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Tiny Treasures: Intricate Dutch Carvings at the Rijksmuseum

Exhibition Review of 'Small Wonders', June 17 - September 17 2017, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. By Danielle Carter Although the glory of the Dutch Golden Age seems to garner the most attention (and museum-space) throughout the Netherlands, and particularly in Amsterdam, a new exhibition at the Rijksmuseum concentrates on painstakingly intricate carvings from the late Middle Ages.

5 Reasons Why Looking at Art Builds Strong and Successful Teams

by Claire Bown Maybe looking at art is not the first thing that springs to mind when we talk about sharpening transferable skills and building strong teams, but art-based activities in museums centred around discussing art and museum objects are becoming increasingly popular for company team events. We've been running our Artful Looking for

The Smells of Art – Olfactory Experiences at the Stedelijk Museum

by Eve Kalyva Did you ever think that a museum visit would start with smelling coffee beans? This is what I found at the entrance of #artSmellery, a brief olfactory experience set up at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The concept was simple: choose six paintings, make a fragrance for each and put it on display.


5 (Unexpected!) Museums to Visit in Rotterdam

by Danielle Carter If you love museums as much as we do at Thinking Museum, you will be delighted to discover that Amsterdam is not the only place with museums to love in the Netherlands. Rotterdam is a great option if you are looking for a day trip from Amsterdam during your stay in the

Van Gogh Returns!

by Danielle Carter Although art theft seems like something you would only see in films, it is not a totally uncommon event. In 2002 — within the space of just a few minutes — thieves stole two early paintings by Vincent van Gogh from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Several years later, the Van

A Peek at Dutch (Art) History at the Stedelijk Museum

By Danielle Carter The Stedelijk Museum has acted as a key supporter of contemporary art in general—commissioning the first Richard Serra piece intended for public space, for example—, but has also played a particularly important role in the stimulation of Dutch contemporary art. The museum, for example, commissioned the work of Ed van der Elsken,

Ed van der Elsken at the Stedelijk Museum

Ed van der Elsken, Meisje in de metro, Tokio (1984) Nederlands Fotomuseum / © Ed van der Elsken / Collectie Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Observing Human Behaviour through the Camera Lens by Danielle Carter The new exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum explores Ed van der Elsken’s (1925-1990) infatuation with photography and film throughout his

Museologists, Communities, Crises and Commerce

This year I had the pleasure of co-organising two events around the 40 Year Anniversary celebrations at the Reinwardt Academy. On 11 November I was one of the Co-Curators/-Creators for the RTWA40 Years Festival and led a marathon session on building an exhibition in 11 hours. On 10 November I organised, in conjunction with two