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.
Exhibition review of Rineke Dijkstra: An Ode, 20 May – 06 August 2017, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. by Eve Kalyva Rineke Dijkstra’s exhibition at the Stedelijk is a must see. The vast space of the museum’s upper galleries is always a challenge – what from the outside looks like a bathtub was, after all, the largest
by Eve Kalyva 1917 is the year of the Revolution. Telling the story from the point of view of the imperial family of Tzar Nicholas II, the Hermitage Amsterdam presents the exhibition 1917. Romanovs & Revolution. The End of Monarchy (4 February – 17 September 2017). The exhibition is impressive not only because of the
by Danielle Carter When we think of play in the museum setting, we often think of science museums where children can experiment with scientific concepts through play, or museums that are made specifically for children. With this perception, it seems that play has no role in the traditional art museum; how can we make play
by Aniko Kovecsi A recent encounter with the concept of Visible Thinking (VT) inspired this brief piece about its applicability in an archival setting. I recently participated in a 2-day training organised by the Amsterdam based Thinking Museum (held at the Jewish Museum in London, April, 2017). The participants were mainly museum and
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
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.
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
By Danielle Carter As a museum educator, it can sometimes prove difficult to balance the limitless information held within the museum and its collections, and the constructivist museum approach that affirms the visitor’s contribution as valid. Recently, we wrote a post about why parental participation in family museum visits matters to the entire family’s museum
by Danielle Carter Working with family groups can be a challenge for museum educators, especially when striking the balance between engaging the children and the parents at the same time. There are, however, a few different tactics that can help educators encourage the whole family to participate fully. Set the tone at the start It